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Aug 15, 2012
Since my voice is gone (I'll explain why in a minute ;), I decided to blog now cuz I have nothing else to do...just kidding.  But really, I pretty much can't eat or drink, and I'm so hungry since I haven't eaten since yesterday..  Anyway, here's the story of my day:Once I arrived at the pain center, I got checked in and was able to see my favorite nurses. :)  They're the sweetest!  I also met a new fellow.  He's so kind and compassionate.  It's hard to believe that this is the third set of fellows that I've seen so far!!  When my pain dr. came in, I asked [...]
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Aug 13, 2012
Well, it looks like I am after all having that stellate ganglion nerve block this Wednesday at 11:30!!!  I'm actually looking forward to it now cuz my left hand isn't doing well at all in this heat we've been having.  My hand swells up, so the swelling pushes and presses on my nerves which hurts so bad!  I'd really appreciate your prayers for this block.  Even with ultrasound and fluoroscopy, some past ones I've had weren't successful at all.  Pray that my pain dr. will be able to easily locate the stellate ganglion nerve bundle and not accidentally hit with the long [...]
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Aug 9, 2012
Yesterday was a longgg day.  So tired now.  We arrived at the Center for Health and Healing at 7:15 in the morning and didn't get home till after 3:00.  Almost 8 hours spent there!Anyway, here's an update on my left hand/arm:Things are about the same.  It's still swollen, stiff, and discolored.  Heat makes my hand swell up to the point that I can't "make a fist."  Cold air (like wind and A/C) "burns" my skin. My pain dr. set up another treatment plan for me:I'm to try mirror therapy again and start up physical therapy once more.  I couldn't even stay [...]
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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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