Today isn't much better. lol
My dear sister-in-law went into surgery yesterday morning at 8 AM. At 4 PM she still wasn't out. When the dr finally came out at 4:40, he said they couldn't get all the tumor out. They got as much as they could, and now they would start an aggressive course of chemo and radiation to tryu to kill the rest of it. This will start in 2-3 weeks. She will stay in the ICU for 4 days and then come home. My brother is coming apart over it all and won't talk to anyone. My niece is terribly upset and my nephew is scared, but at least he's able to communicate. Her sister is coming in from Callifornia on Monday to be with her for 9 days or so. I am very concerned about my brother...
I had my first physical therapy yesterday, after the initial consult and evaluation with the head guy. It almost killed me. By the time I got home, I could barely walk and stand up. I hurt really bad. When I got up this morning, my back hurt so bad I had to put my back brace on and hobble around the house. Felt like I was about 102 years old. I slept with a wrist splint on last night to help combat the numbness in my right hand that wakes me up every night over and over. That did help. So I'm afraid that means it is carpal tunnel;, and not a pinched nerve in my shoulder like I've thought.
Today, they did the nerve conduction test on my low back and legs. If you've never had one of these, trust me when I tell you it is not fun. They hook you up to electrodes and shock you. And as uncomfortable as that is, it's nothing compared to what they did next. They tested the muscles using EMG--electromyography. In a nutshell...
The health care provider will insert a very thin needle electrode through the skin into the muscle. The electrode on the needle picks up the electrical activity given off by your muscles. This activity is displayed on a special monitor called an oscilloscope, and may be heard through a speaker.
It was a nightmare. Either I couldn't feel it at all in places, or I was nearly coming off the table. My hands were sweating and I was clammy...I won't know the results of it or what it means until later, when I meet with the doc again. And they only did my legs and lower back...I still have to have my arms done.
Happy Valentine's Day to me.
And the PT I did today, which included 12 minutes on the bicycle, almost tore me up again. On the bright side, they gave me a tens unit and I have that at home now to use. I am falling apart, one piece at a time. lol
I have to go back again tomorrow, but at least I will see the chiropractor and get my self adjusted. Not sure what else is on the menu...besides more of this soul crushing physical therapy.
Please forgive me if my love posts aren't all they're cracked up to be.
My husband got me a beautiful card and we are going out to dinner tomorrow (if I can walk). I got HIM 4 one gallon pots of blueberry bushes and a big bag of organic sulpher. Nothing says LOVE like a bag of organic sulpher. lol
I am going to have to pack it in and go to bed. I feel like I've been rode hard and put away wet...need sleep so I can do it again tomorrow.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.... and sweet dreams.