Vacation 2018 & Other Stuff

Wow I can’t believe it is September already! And I can’t believe I have gone the whole summer without blogging even though I said I was going to blog multiple times a week. I am guessing that was a little bit of an impossible goal for me. I will apologize a head of time that this post is going to be a little bit of everything, all over the place, but that is kinda what blogging is all about, right?

Since my last post a lot has actually happened. I fell again and re-injured my leg and hurt my hip (which I didn’t hurt the first time) at the beginning of August. I am just now starting to be able to tolerate a bit of weight on it. I am back using crutches again but this time we said the hell with it and rented a wheelchair for a month or so. They did both x-ray’s and a CT scan. I am awaiting the results of the CT which was done last week. I am assuming nothing major or I should have been contacted by now.

In the process of having my leg and hip checked out I found out I do have something wrong with both of my hips. The head of the femur bone is not formed right and doesn’t fit in the hip socket right according to my family doctor. He said that if nothing is done about it it will only get worse and cause issues like arthritis (which the x-ray said there is already signs of) and/or needing surgery or hip replacement. Of course I googled it, but the only thing I could find was something called hip impingement which I have had some symptoms of in the past but very mild. However now it seems to really fit with my current symptoms after the second fall. I am not sure if a fall could aggravate something that was already there and mild and make it worse. I have an appointment on September 20th with an Orthopedic specialist who is a retired surgeon who consults.

Apparently according to my doctor who is my parents doctor and my mom it runs in my family. My father had it as well and had surgery as well as arthritis. My Dad’s sister told me that she had it and it caused arthritis and damage to the point she has had both hips replaced. I knew she had the surgery but wasn’t aware the cause. My Grandfather on his side and his brother also had the same thing and ended up having surgery. So I guess I will find out if that is what I have and if a fall could have aggravated it and caused a lot of pain. Hopefully if I need any kind of surgery they can do it now while I am still off work already and not have me go back to work for a few months and then have to go back on short term again. Although knowing the health care system in Nova Scotia I am sure I am at minimum going to see a 3 month wait and at maximum a few years wait to get surgery if it is needed.

As you can probably guess by the title of the post we had vacation set for this year as well that was suppose to coincide with our 2nd anniversary at the end of August. All those plans went down the drain. Last I mentioned it we were going to Quebec City. Then later on in the summer we decided we would go to Connecticut to visit my cousin Robin and her husband instead. My parents still went but because I can’t walk without crutches and because of the pain I am in when sitting or standing or doing pretty much anything we stayed home. I am still off work on short term benefits anyways so I told Eddie to keep his vacation days booked and we would have a stay-cation. We ended up at my parents place as I can not do the stairs in our building and get around very well plus it is still super hot here. We have had the hottest summer I can ever remember and they have air conditioning. It means a lot of back and forth for Eddie to feed our cat Max as he can’t come to my parents as he doesn’t get along with their dog Scamp who we are dog sitting.

In my time off I have been doing a lot of thinking. I am thinking I want to go back to school. Like really want to go back to school. Just the community college maybe part-time and continuing to work or maybe even think about trying to get a student loan and going full-time. I just honestly am unsure what I want to take. At 38 I am still unsure what I want to do with my life career wise I love working at the bank but hate the call center. With the amount of time I have missed it is hard to get anywhere. So I guess until I get all the health issues under control I might as well not really make too many plans.

I am also thinking about starting up a small web hosting company again. Last time I just didn’t bother putting any work into it. But since I have all the extra space in my reseller account and have done it before I might try again. I need to come up with a name and buy a domain for it if I decide to or maybe I will just have it as a part of this domain and also have a small free package and a few paid ones. I only currently host a couple small sites for Deanna and for my mom’s business website, but that’s it. I kinda want to try it again.

I still struggle with my diabetes as well. Getting and keeping my blood sugar under control is really hard. I thought that the Freestyle Libre would make a big difference and it did at first but so much of it comes down to me and my self control. Its so much easier to pop in a pizza in the oven then to cook a meal. Especially now when I can’t really get around well. I’ve been really eating crap. It’s frustrating but it is what it is. I need to get my A1C checked again so I can see where I am at and see if the doctor wants me back on MDI’s, if that is the case I am going to apply through my insurance for a pump maybe, an omnipod or something. At least my insurance covers that stuff for type 2’s as a lot don’t.

6 thoughts on “Vacation 2018 & Other Stuff

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your injury Health issues are such a hassle to deal with. I can only imagine the difficulty of having to rely on crutches to get around, but I hope you’re recovering well and yeah, take it easy for a bit! I hope you get your diabetes under control too, good thing that your insurance covers a lot of stuff! It lessens the burden of medical bills and all that Wishing you all the best!

    1. Thanks Claudine, I am so happy we have good benefits at my work, between the medical insurance to cover prescriptions, insulin, diabetic supplies and my freestyle libre sensors and the short term benefits to cover me when I am sick and can’t work I have been extremely lucky. I so badly just want to go back to work but I am in to much pain and it’s too dangerous right now

  2. I’m glad to know that you’ll see an orthopedist so that you’ll get some proper help.
    Very interesting to hear about your career change plans!!! I look forward to hearing more about that later. I’m glad you’re finally seeing some progress with your hip – being able to put some weight on it is a step forward although I can imagine that the situation is very frustrating.

    1. I saw the orthopedist thursday, he’s still concerned that I have a fracture so I am now awaiting a bone scan. I was making progress and putting a little weight on it but it still hurt so bad when I was but I thought I was doing good by trying to breath through the pain since they kept telling me there was nothing major wrong. But the orthopedist and my family doctor told me to limit it as much as possible as it is dangerous if it is fractured and the wrong movement may cause a complete fracture.

  3. Sorry to hear about your leg and hips! Hopefully it gets all sorted out and you have a successful recovery! Also, diabetes sounds rough. I have a family member who has type 2 and she struggles a lot with it. I don’t know much about diabetes, but hopefully things improve with that as well! I know meal prepping has helped my family member a lot. It allows her to throw a meal together, but with food that doesn’t spike her blood sugars.

    I’m thinking of going back to school too once I complete my diploma at NSCC. Now that I’m at the end of my course, I realize I may want to do something different career-wise. It can take a long time to figure it out. Did you have any courses in mind that you are interested in?

    Things will get better with time. Hang in there! And best of luck with everything!

    1. Thanks Dee, diabetes is rough, I have type 2 as well and I really struggle with it. My husband and I really need to start doing some meal prep and looking up some healthy recipes. Right now though I can’t even reach the stove to cook since I am using a wheelchair at home until I can start putting weight on my leg again.

      I have set the school idea aside for now. I can’t afford it and I am more worried and concentrating on my hip and leg and getting back to work. I want to do it at some point but I have to really think about what I am going to take and put some money aside. I might just start with one course at a time online through NSCC.

      I am struggling a bit with what to take as well and what I want to do in the long run. Honestly I have a good job that pays well with great benefits that I am able to really make into a career if I want already. So maybe something that will help me in my current field (banking) or maybe something else. I am not really sure.

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