Mom and Dad
What a wonderful day it was yesterday!! Not only did we celebrate Father’s Day, we also celebrated my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary! Wow, that is a long time to be married to one person, isn’t it?! Practically unheard of these days, sad to say. I was amazed when I read the quote for today on my e-mail and it was about marriage, I thought of putting it on mom and dad’s picture but decided to use another instead. Still fitting though.
They had rented the banquet room of a local pub/steakhouse for the evening and invited immediate family to come. There was just one exception though, my aunt from Washington state (mom’s sister) was in Indy visiting my other aunt and uncle (mom’s sister also) and so the three of them joined us as well. It was great to see her, I think it’s been over 15 years since I had the last time. I loved seeing my family from Indy as well, whom I used to go and spend time in the summer with their daughters and I’m very close to them.
The food was great, the company equally so. My sister had made a commemorative DVD in honor of the day but the facilities player would not work So we didn’t get to watch it while we were eating as planned. Thank God Kathleen (Kate) had made us each one to take home.
I watched it as soon as we got back and it was FABULOUS!! She did such a good job with it and the accompanying music choices. Kudos to you Sis!
The only damper on the day was that Sara was sick and couldn’t join us.
Mark and I both had our Dr. appointments with the new pain specialist we’ve been referred to, him for his back and me for the fibromyalgia that’s out of hand again.
She took us in together, which I liked so that we can help remind the other of what they’re supposed to do. Plus, I’m the one who always makes all the phone calls too. We really, really liked this lady! She has a great personality/bedside manner and took her time with us to explain things thoroughly.
We were both being under medicated for our particular problems, so she increased our dosages. She is going to consult with my GP about some new med’s for me and I go back in 4 weeks.
Mark is a different story and I am requesting some prayers be said for him ’cause his problems is much more serious than what we thought. The back surgery he had a couple of years ago, I never really understood very well. This Dr. got out the model of the spine and went through it all step by step/ vertebrae by vertebrae. What it boils down to is this:
The last MRI he had done a couple of weeks ago shows scarring from the surgery, totally expected, but the problem has returned and so she is going to consult with his back surgeon about it. Mark is scheduled to go into the Out Patient Surgery ward in 2 weeks to get steroid injections done (by her) to try and get the inflammation out of the nerves that are being compressed. If she can’t get the swelling down, he will have to have more surgery done soon. She said if he doesn’t get it taken care of, one way or the other, he is at great risk of suffering permanent nerve damage in his back! Our worse nightmare would come true.
So please pray for him that this procedure will work. She said that if we can keep the inflammation out of there, his body has a good chance of repairing itself and no surgery will be required at all.
I don’t remember if I told anybody or not about my Dr. visit last week and the results of my blood work. I’m not happy but I am glad to know why I have been so sick and what needs to be done to fix it.
I probably have not had a virus at all. My thyroid levels were way too low and she said that is more than likely what has been causing my continual cycle of symptoms. So she increased that medication and we’ll see in 8 weeks what the new levels show.
My cholesterol levels, normally perfect, we off. My LDL was too high and so she prescribed med’s for that.
And last but definitely not least, I am now officially borderline diabetic. So she wants me to watch my diet closely and to get more regular exercise. Which puts me in a catch 22 situation because of the fibromyalgia, it’s hard to exercise when you can barely move half the time.
So I’ll get that part under control soon, I hope, and then I can put myself back on my old daily routine of 30-45 minutes every morning. She said to get a minimum of 160 minutes a week but from past experience I know that a daily routine works better for me.
Well, that should about do it for now.
Love and hugs,