THIS IS MY STORY . . .

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Aug 2, 2012
This has been one of the toughest weeks pain-wise so far.  The wind even makes the burning pain worse, so I don't like moving around!  My hand/arm is sensitive, ice-cold, purple, and swollen.  It's been hard focusing cuz the pain has been so bad.  I have to make myself do therapy.  God has been giving His grace for each day, but it is hard waking up in the morning in pain and going to bed in pain.  I see my pain dr. on the 7th, and I'm so thankful my appointment's just around the corner.Today, during my Bible reading, I turned to some of my favorites passages of [...]
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Jul 28, 2012
Just got back from a wonderful vacation with my family in Redmond, OR. :)  It was beautiful there!  Despite three episodes which I'll explain in a minute, the trip was so refreshing, and I loved spending lots of time with my family and soaking in the sunshine!  We watched movies together, played several wild card games, went on bike rides and walks, enjoyed time in the pool, tackled a challenging putting course, and the list goes on!  It was a very blessed vacation. Here are a few pics that my brother took of me :)  my "deer" friend ;)   The morning we left for [...]
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Jul 8, 2012
July 8, 2010, the day I had the foot surgery to remove a lymphangioma, changed my life.  It's hard to believe it's already been 2 years!Since that date, I have:-seen so many specialists (it'd take a long time to count all of them on my fingers!)-had 1 cortisone shot in my hypertrophic scar on the bottom of my right foot-been diagnosed with CRPS in my right foot in March -went through 1 lumbar sympathetic block procedure in April(CRPS spread to my left foot in April '11)-had various diagnostic tests (an MRI, triple-phase bone scan, x-rays, nerve conduction study, heart echocardiogram, [...]
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Jul 2, 2012
Yesterday, my sis, younger brother, and I went swimming at the Conestoga rec center. :)  It was a really fun time, considering that I haven't been able to swim since around 2009 because of being on crutches.  When we went to the beach the past two years, I could only watch my siblings swim.  I yearned to be in the water with them!  So yesterday afternoon, we were all free and took advantage of the pretty humid weather by going to the open swim!  I managed pretty well, but once I got home, things went downhill after that. :(  My ankles/feet started aching, [...]
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Jun 15, 2012
Today I went through my first session of biofeedback! :)  I'm so thankful the pain psychologist that I saw today is down-to-earth and a "bread and butter, meat and potatoes kind of guy" as my pain dr. puts it. :)  He explained biofeedback and diaphragmatic breathing so well that we went right into trying the machine on me.  It didn't hurt at all!  He stuck three electrodes on my left trapezius muscle and on my right because that is where the most muscle tension develops.  Sitting down and using different relaxation techniques, I looked at a moving computer [...]
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Jun 5, 2012
Hi, friends! :)It's been a while since I last posted!  Even tho' I had absolutely no appointments last week (yay!) because my physical therapist wanted me to take a week's break from intense therapy, life has still been busy!  This morning, I saw my primary care dr. to go over the blood work, and all is pretty well! :)  My vitamin D is low as I wrote in a previous post, so I will be increasing to 4000 IU daily.  I will also be stopping my multi-vitamin and not taking any B vitamins for a while since the levels are above normal.  At the end of the year, I will [...]
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May 25, 2012
Had a great appointment with my pain dr. yesterday! :)  As far as the blood work goes, he's concerned about my vitamin levels.  My B6 level is high, and that's not good because he said elevated B6 can cause nerve damage/pain...  He wants me to contact my primary care dr. and see what's causing this.  The nurse told me to come in and see her, so I have an appt. on June 4th!  Praying this is nothing serious..  Other than that, we're happy the new med is working great and I don't have to increase the dose because my pain level is an average of 3-5 on a scale [...]
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May 21, 2012
A humorous story:I woke up yesterday morning, got ready for church, and headed downstairs to eat breakfast, putting my magnet that turns my SCS device on/off in my purse like I always do whenever I go outside.  Walking/running into church on 2 1/2 inch heels, I visited with some friends and then slipped into my seat as we all gathered into the sanctuary for worship.  Halfway through one of the songs, I noticed that I didn't even turn my stim on since waking up in the morning! :D  I didn't even notice that it was off! haha ;)  In addition to the stimulation, it turns out [...]
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May 10, 2012
I recently memorized Romans 5:1-5, and it's a beautiful passage of Scripture!"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has [...]
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May 3, 2012
"When obstacles and trials seemLike prison walls to be,I do the little I can doAnd leave the rest to Thee.And when there seems no chance, no change,From grief can set me free,Hope finds its strength in helplessness,And calmly waits for Thee."-from Streams in the Desert As I wrote in a previous post, my life is truly a "two steps forward, one step back" kind-of-thing.  One and a half weeks ago, I was actually doing so well!  I didn't have burning pain in my left arm, and pretty much the only pain I had was localized in my finger from the initial trauma back in November.  [...]
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