No, the title does not refer to anyone I know, I'm actually at a good spot for most things (although I am sitting here waiting for the sewer guy to deal with the tree roots that are threatening to make things difficult if I put his visit off)and people.
That you for the condolences, we are done with services now, a welcome break.
We had a terrific time on our very short trip and many sustaining hugs were given and received. The cabin at Star Lake, that my sister found for her, Mom, Aunt MJ and Phoebe, is cozy and lovely:
The lakes in the Adirondacks are the definition of lake:
(I have a 31 second video of the water hitting the shore and both our children have saved it as moments of Zen)
Our drive home took us through small towns of my past - Croghan, home of the Bologna!; Lowville, home of the awesome parade. We stopped for lunch and Gary remarked that everyone was so genuinely friendly.
However, once we hit the thruway, it was crowded and challenging. My new car is great, but my old neck is not so great and so much driving takes a toll (see what I did there?).
It's almost 12 weeks since the dog bite and its owners assault. I'm still not smelling anything, but I've shifted my eating to a texture/hot sauce based diet and only get pissed about it every third day. There has been a lot of social eating lately and I just say the food is great, even if I'm not completely convinced - yesterday's lunch* was so terrific in looks/description, that I closed my eyes with every bite and just tried.
Last week, I had an MRI of my neck, a nerve study of my right arm and followed up with the neck/spine guy. These are my X-rays and MRI:
The X-rays show a fair amount of arthritis and loss of disc volume, which is not a surprise due to my age, health history and former life as a bridal seamstress who was bent over a machine for hours at a time. However, these X-rays look significantly worse than ones taken 15 months ago. And, the MRI shows that the wonky discs are pressing into my spinal cord in a few spots.
This pressure causes the pain that radiates into my shoulder, down my arm and into my elbow and hand. The nerve study, that was done by the nicest, gentlest Doctor, showed no nerve impingement and a slight amount of carpal tunnel (I had that surgery 20 years ago). That I have not logged one pain free hour since the dog owner tried to pull me to the ground indicates that he made a manageable situation worse.
My next step is to see yet a new doctor to have an injection into the cervical epidural space, or a series of injections. I've been told that there is less than a 50% chance that this will help, but the alternative is surgery to either fuse my neck (heck no!) or to replace the bad discs with Teflon ones (gulp!).
To say that this is all crappy is an understatement.
And on that note, the sewer guy is here, see what I did there?
* Had lunch with my now former "boss", his wife and his former volunteer after we spent a few hours sorting through 12 years of his office accumulation. I know where things are for the new guy and hope to assist him in the Fall. I am "working" a few days in July for our Summer Service outing. My boss, and his wife, are leaving for a few weeks in Ireland to celebrate their retirements. I will meet with the new guy once the Fall calander is ready. New guy is a runner!