Rough Time

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We ended up, finally, with a couple of inches of snow this morning. My kids, or maybe one was my husband? Were kind enough to send me photos.

I’m in agony. I was whiny yesterday? Ha ha! I tried to stay moving so I wouldn’t stiffen up. Today, I am like Frankenstein’s monster. I have nearly no fine motor skills. I crash around like a huge boar.

Something strange happened this morning. I took my medicine, the marijuana oil, and a while later I felt better. I had been lying still, but I felt dramatically better, and just a bit loopy and nauseated. Did I accidentally take my medicine twice? I feel really good. Just sick. Oops! Then I was ill, which happens so often we keep kidney bowls nearby. I just coughed up some bile. I had to use the washroom. As soon as I went to stand- oh, yes! I had the correct dose. It is very strange for me to do things out of order. But if I had doubled my dose, I could not be in THAT much pain, I am fine. So I hobbled back into bed, and finished a couple of errands I needed to do.

On days that are not so intense, I can keep moving, even if I don’t walk around much. This means my back doesn’t hurt nearly as much. On days when the pain is head to toe, though, there is just no way to deal, except to get through it and recover and piece myself together on the other side.

I am so glad my family is understanding.

My lovely cousin was stuck in town at the airport this morning, when I was at the peak of my stoned-ness, (?) Or whatever was going on there: trying to relax and not cry. She messaged me, I know she could tell I wasn’t myself. I hope I didn’t scare her!

I’m sure it will alarm at least a couple of family members to see me. Over the last three years I’ve lost 120 lbs. Mostly due to gastroparesis, but I know this will be universally ‘positive’ however losing as much as 40 lbs in 3 weeks due to vomiting is not the right way. My body just rejected food. It was horrid. I’m straightening my lovely curly hair because I lie down so much the curls just get crushed and become difficult to manage. That wheelchair we will be investing in. I’m falling so often from my knees giving out, and don’t forget that damn exhaustion!

Ah, well.  Speaking of exhaustion, I am going to have a nap, as I haven’t been sleeping well. I just got a new onesie from Torrid, it has Hello Kitty on it! Just some sleep and when the weather breaks, I need to wrap some gifts. I do this every year. I shop, forget what I buy, my husband hides everything, and when it’s wrapping time, there is a mountain of things!  Ah, its usually small stuff. My daughter’s usually a good helper.

Okay! Gotta nap this out! My lower back, oh wow! Can they do transplants yet?

Braces Galore!

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This looks pretty strange, but it’s called the Turtl travel pillow, and it is so comfortable! I have a couple of pillows to give me neck support, but they are the traditional travel pillows. This one has the support in the front, or to the side if you prefer. I was considering a neck brace until I see the doctor (I have no idea what the hold up is). But was afraid of injuring myself further. This seemed a nice compromise, and I have had a lot less pain!

$34 Amazon.com

 

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I found these knee sleeves. Available in 3 sizes, they come in all four colours. Naturally, I bought the first set, made sure they fit, bought the second set.

What I like about these is they don’t have any specific compression seams on them. Most of the items I found have seams along them designed to support your patella and offer extra support and compression. I don’t need that, and I find extra seams tend to bother me. Plus the extra pressure tends to slide my knee out of place.

$16 Amazon.ca 4, one of each colour.

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I bought two of these elbow sleeves, similar to the knee sleeves, they have no stitching on them. Unfortunately, they are too small for my fat arms. I’ve ordered two in extra large, they should be here Friday, even though the guide suggests medium. Braces are tough to fit. I’m 5’8″ and 193 and I just get the biggest in everything. I actually have fairly slim legs, but I guess with swelling etc. And the fact I’m not wearing this for merely a workout, this must make a difference.

About $16 Amazon.com

 

I have a couple of braces for overnight for my wrist, and a hard brace for my arms, but I’m thinking of a soft brace for my wrists, as they get so sore.

One of the advertisements had a waist trainer for back pain. I was wondering if that would have any value at all. It was a legit brace company, and didn’t look like a fake trainer like the Instagram world wears. I’m not sure. I wonder how my stomach would react. My abdomen, my digestive system.

Let me know if anything appeals and you want the link! ❤

Wonderful Things

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My family has been treating me so wonderfully the past couple of weeks. Let’s enumerate the wonderful things they’ve done for me:

My husband:

  • Has gone to the post office to retrieve numerous packages for me
  • Has found the money to allow me to shop my brains out, since it’s just about the only thing I have time and patience for. Plus Zebra outfits!
  • He brought home French Fries for me even though they were out of his way and it was late at night and he was tired
  • He got out of the warm shower to grab me a barf bucket
  • He watched an episode of South Park just because I asked
  • He has run so many errands for me, I can’t even count them!

 

My Daughter, 15

  • She has been filling my water bottles regularly
  • Listening to my exciting stories even when she’s bored
  • Checking up on me to make sure I have everything
  • Bringing me breakfast during the week

 

My Son, 13 in 6 days!

  • He has been keeping my water bottles full
  • He has been spending time with me, like the two hours last night where he snuggled and watched TV and chatted
  • Remembering not to hug me without asking, because I’m so sore
  • Bringing my coffee in the morning on weekends

 

My family has been awesome. Except for:

 

Husband:

  • Forgetting about me in the bathtub and nobody hearing me yelling about getting the shower head down, so I had to wash my hair under the tap. It was a bit uncomfortable, but not the end of the world. I did have fun teasing him about it, though! 😄

I prefer to get help in and out of the tub as I’ve been so shaky lately.  I don’t need that much assistance, just someone to ‘catch’ me, really, if I start to go over. Or call 9-1-1 if I pass out. I’m still so weak from whatever is going on with me.

I hope you enjoyed my glimpse into my family. Are you interested in my Sephora Haul? I can either show a photo here, or link my Beauty Blog post. Let me know.

 

Stay healthy Zebras! 😘

 

 

Shopping

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My husband decided to work at home yesterday, and around midday there was a knock at the door. All I had heard was some muffled talking, the door shutting, and peals of laughter.

Apparently, the FedEx driver had noticed the street name on the parcel she was delivering and automatically assumed it was for our house, or more specifically, me. In fact, he claims, the house is a regular spot on the route. She didn’t check the house number or name, though.  Not for us at all.

I swear, I don’t order THAT much stuff, but almost everything I need, I do have to order. Why? Because I don’t have the strength to traipse around a mall or store to get what I need. On good days, I like nothing better than to get out of the house and visit a store and wander around. But it needs to meet some criteria: it has to be easily accessed, close to parking, easily navigated, places to sit, and not in a mall. Otherwise, I need to use a wheelchair, and we’ve done that, and had a wonderful time.

It would be fun to take a half day on a weekend and do that sometimes. It’s hard when I’m not able to help much with chores, the weekend is the time when those need to be addressed. Laundry, groceries, cleaning, tidying. With two kids just into their teens, they need their rest and have homework and chores. It’s awfully busy around here!

The challenge is, my husband is already quite busy. He has an important job, and looks after our kids much of the time, in the physical sense. Because he does things like pick up my prescription drugs, (I don’t drive because of my medication,  can’t take public transport because of the pain, they won’t deliver because of the nature of the medication). So while he’s busy doing things for me and the family, I try and do much online as I can when I’m up to it as I can.

The way it ends up working is,  my husband described it so well, he said I’m the head and heart of the family and he’s the arms and legs.  I think we share a head, because we agree on almost everything. How to run the family, anyway.

So, we get a lot of packages, I suppose, but we really make it work for us. Working in the financial industry helps, too, because we’ve been able to adopt early, knowing how online shopping works and how to discern safe shopping sites, etc.

Well, after convincing my husband it must have been based on the influx of parcels over Christmas, I settle in to check my email. To my horror, I discovered a shipping notification from FedEx regarding the neck pillow I ordered on Monday. This isn’t going look so good! 😁