I’m going back to work!

I received the results of my bone scan today. Thankfully there are no fractures. I do have osteoarthritis in the hip and an impingement which the previous CT and x-ray showed but for now he just wants to keep an eye on that and re-scan in about 6 months. He believes the pain I am experiencing now is not actually stemming from my hip at all but my lower spine and sacral joint where he believes I may have caused some nerve damage which is affecting my left hip, thigh and groin as I have some numbness on the outside and inside of my upper leg and hip area as well as pain.

He wants to start me on Lyrica at a low dose for a few months to see if that helps with the pain. As I have Fibromyalgia and have been on medications before I am familiar with Lyrica and have been on it at higher doses before. My only concern is the side effects. I was never a fan of them before. Hopefully I can keep it a rather low dose. Between my doctor and pharmacy team I am going to stress I want the dose as low as possible. I can deal with some breakthrough pain as long as it is under control. I just don’t want super heavy side effects.

If this doesn’t help I am going to push for them to look into this more. I don’t know if there is a way to confirm nerve damage and where exactly it is. Sometimes it’s hard cause I am always in pain somewhere and it can be hard to isolate an injury from something else. I thought I had gotten pretty good at living with the pain but sometimes things happen that aggravate or cause other issues that are unrelated but cause more pain. He mentioned I may need more testing and see other specialists. I am not sure what other specialist I can see, I guess a neurologist maybe?

The good news in all of this is that I can go back to work ASAP. I am expecting a call tomorrow from the short term benefits company and we already talked about me starting back this week coming or next on a graduated return. Which would be: 1st week – 3 days x 4 hours, 2nd week – 5 days x 4 hours, 3rd week 5 days x 6 hours and 4th week back to normal. As I am still on crutches for the time being and still in a considerable amount of pain when sitting I am okay with that. I will be weaning myself off crutches as I start on medication at my own pace, he told me to push it a little but not overdue it and take some time to get off them completely. I have a temporary handicap parking tag as well for 6 months to allow me some time to heal. Hopefully it won’t take that long.

He also suggested no physio at the moment as he is concerned that they might aggravate it more if I get a physiotherapist that is not as versed in nerve pain. I think the physiotherapist over the summer I was seeing would be able to handle it and would actually help a lot but I will wait and see how the medication works, besides my $750 a year for physio is pretty much gone so why start something I can’t afford to finish.

I am also going to be possibly switching insulin as well from Basaglar to Toujeo as the Basaglar stings and burns like crap. Last night after injecting it in my thigh it hurt for an hour! I mentioned that while I was there and he said he thought Toujeo would be a better option and is still only once a day. Mom’s on it and I asked her and she said she has not had any issues with it stinging other then occasionally for a second or two as it is going in, not a burning so bad you are rubbing your leg to get it to stop which you should not be doing kind of burn.

I Really Need a Break

Most people need a break from work, me I need a break from being sick. I’m not talking diabetes or fibromyalgia or anything like that. I’m just talking colds, infections and the flu. I have literally lost track of the number of colds, flu and infections I have had over the last year or two. It seems I go from one to another to another. I have another cold right now.

It started last Tuesday with a sore throat coming on a few hours before I left work. I powered through a sore throat all day Wednesday and Thursday and some sneezing but it wasn’t all that bad, just more of an annoyance then anything. By Friday night the congestion set in, all stuffed up, runny nose, watery eyes etc., all the fun cold symptoms. I’ve always been told as an asthmatic not to take cold medication/cough syrup but I have always done it and apparently it can raise your blood sugar as well but at this point I am miserable.

Friday was a stay at home and relax on the couch day after I had a dentist appointment for a cleaning. I don’t work Fridays. I never canceled the cleaning because last time I tried to cancel a cleaning appointment when I woke up the morning of it with the flu they got really mad at me and wanted to charge me $100 for the appointment. So I just told her about the cold before we started and she said as long as I was okay it was fine. Later that evening the symptoms were more bothersome but still controllable with cold medication (Shopper’s Drug mart brand of Tylenol Cold basically).

Saturday I felt pretty good and Edward convinced me that as long as I bundled up warm it would do me some good to get out and go for a walk so we chose Peggy’s Cove. In hind sight maybe the wind and salt water air may not have been the best choice, or maybe it was. Who knows. I felt okay Saturday night. I just relaxed and watched TV with Edward.

Sunday I woke up feeling really horrible with a really hoarse and sore throat, wheezing, coughing, headache, fever, congestion and generally feeling like I was hit by an 18-wheeler. I ended up calling in sick to work. I relaxed on the couch again and kept warm and fell asleep with the cat laying on my feet. Later I woke up feeling sick to my stomach but I am guessing that is just the congestion and everything else because I never did get sick.

Today I am feeling a bit better and am heading to work shortly armed with more cold medication, throat lozenges, my inhaler and lots of water. Maybe I’ll grab a peppermint tea from Tim Hortons before I start work today. It’s going to be a busy day, Monday’s always are but it is a short week because of yesterday plus my next week is also a short week because I booked Sunday the 13th off (at least I think I did, I’ll have to double check when I get there). So at least I can get some rest and try and get rid of this cold.

As I was saying before it’s just one thing after another. I am not sure what is causing me to get sick so often or what I can do about it but I have fought multiple chest infections, throat infections, a uterine infection (which put me in the hospital for 3 days), colds, the flu (3 or 4 times), plus the infection and dry socket from the wisdom teeth extraction all since October and it doesn’t seem to want to stop. I really need a break. I’m not even really under that much stress right now. I just need to have a few months without getting sick.

Introducing Mr & Mrs C!

Edward and I married last month on Saturday August 27th, 2016! The months up the to wedding were so hectic because we made everything ourselves including the Wedding dress, the Maid of Honors dress, the Bridesmaids dresses and the flower girl dresses, the bouquets, the table cloths, runners, all decorations and much more!

Over all everything went perfect! We rushed the final Wedding dress a bit because the first one which was fully finished ended up being too big! I lost over 20 lbs in the months before the wedding As happy as I was about this it kind of put us in panic mode. But I am so happy! I am married to the man that I love more then life itself and that I want to grow old and grey with.

My sister-in-law Ashley was our photographer and my other sister-in-law, Eddie’s sister Jen was one of my Bridesmaids. My best friend Erin was my Maid of Honor who was 3 weeks from delivering my God son made it through without giving birth  4 days ago she gave birth to a sweet baby boy. My friends Kristy and Jenn were both bridesmaids and my nieces were a junior brides maid and a flower girl. We had two flower girls and two ring bearers.

Edwards brother Chris was his best man, his sister Jen’s boyfriend Kevin, my brother Denton, his friend Darren and Kevin’s son was a junior grooms man, I had 3 young cousins who were the other flower girl and the ring bearers. Our parents were there and a lot of family friends from all over Canada. People I haven’t seen since I was a lot younger. I was surprised how many of them came from as far away as Winnipeg (3500 km away).

My sister-in-law Jen putting on my makeup:

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Our wedding rings:

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A centerpiece my cousin Robyn from Connecticut made:

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Our wedding cake:

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Me all ready to go at home just before we headed to the hall:

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Edward after we put the rings on at some point before we left the stage:

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Me signing the wedding license and certificate:

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Edward and I saying our vows. At this point I was laughing because a baby said “Uh oh” when our Justice of the Peace said “Who gives this Woman away”:

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During our photo session at the Dingle after the wedding:

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The next day, Sunday we left for Falls Lake a campground and cottages in the Windsor, Nova Scotia area and we camped for 5 nights. It was supposed to be 7 but it started raining so hard and our tent leaked and our stuff got soaked and we gave in and went home for the weekend. I don’t have any pictures of camping really because we didn’t bring my camera and I just never thought too. We went swimming and we had planned on going canoeing or paddle boating but that didn’t happen because of the rain. We still had a great time though and I would recommend a camping to anyone who likes to camp as an affordable honey moon.

The Monday following our honeymoon I started back to work at BOCC. While on leave over the summer a lot of my Fibromyalgia symptoms went away. Within a week of being back there they all came back. So Edward and I made the decision that I would quit. This coming week is my last week and then I am done there for good. I’m quite excited. I am going to continue legal transcribing and maybe look for a part time job closer by if needed. But it means I will be working from home mostly now which I am really happy about.

Overall it was a great summer. I’m just sorry I didn’t blog about it more