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Posted June 30, 2019 by Shari in Random / 25 Comments

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Ok, now that I have your attention, this isn’t going to be an easy post, but don’t worry, I am not shutting down the blog. I repeat, I am NOT shutting down the blog.

Moms – And their needs

As you may or may not know I have had a bad 2019. It started with my mom having open heart surgery, coming to live with me and then so much more after that. During her time with us, I developed tennis elbow, but also I was suffering from painful numbness in my fingers at night when I slept. I started wearing wrist braces at night to keep my hands in a position to prevent this from happening. In March, when my husband was laid off, we decided I needed to see a doctor about it before our insurance ran out. No worries, our insurance didn’t run out because he got a job in the same company, but during this time the doctor diagnosis me with carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrist and tennis elbow in my right elbow. Not much you can do for either so I just started babying both and wearing the braces.

Something feels funny

Fast forward to May when my life was nuts with new carpet, driveway extension, graduation, graduation party, and all the holidays and birthday’s that go into that month while also preparing to go to Europe. I started developing different pains in my forearms that I can only describe as it felt like a steel rod was being shoved through the bone. Not constant, just off and on. I figured it all was to do with my carpal tunnel and stress and figured it would get better on the cruise as I relaxed. It didn’t. In fact that pain got a lot worse, but still was just restricted to my forearms on both sides.

This doesn’t feel good

Speed up to a little over half way through our cruise and I woke up with shoulder and neck pain so bad I was moaning. Luckily (or so I thought), we only had a half day bus excursion around the south of France, so I took an Alieve believing I just slept on it wrong. The entire bus ride was a agony of pain as I could not sit comfortably. By this time I am getting radiating pain from my neck to my shoulders and down my arms to my thumbs. On both sides. I spent the afternoon sitting on deck watching movies in a chair that I got comfortable in one position. That night was in the bathroom improvising a heating pad by running wash clothes under the hot water and placing them on my neck and back. Tylenol, Advil, Alieve….you name it they weren’t helping much.

The next day was out to sea and I just relaxed a lot. I tried a class on making towel animals, but when I sat on the floor, by whole back seized up. I grabbed a chair and just videoed the session to try when I got home as my kids were also doing it.

Why are airplanes so uncomfortable?

The final day was our travel home day. I was in pain, but the Tylenol seem to be helping. Nine hour flight and you guessed it, about 4-5 hours in, it has worn off and we are out of Tylenol. I try Advil and nothing helps. It was so turbulent and I am in absolute agony not being able to sit in any position to relieve the spasms running through my body. My husband had to carry my backpack for the rest of the trip home. He got me some more Tylenol that took the edge off, but wasn’t really doing a whole Hell of a lot otherwise.

Rudeness will get you nowhere dude!

A lot happened at the airport and there was an Asian United Airlines worker that spoke bad English named Pedro. Let me tell you, he almost got smacked because he accused us of not understanding English. I mean, I don’t have a problem with people not speaking my language, but to accuse me of not speaking my own language, yeah, I about let loose on him. He was mumbling and his accent was so thick. I was being patient considering the situation we were in, but when he got smart assed about us not understanding English, I had to walk away and find a place to sit an cry. I swear people could be nicer, we only were saying sorry we couldn’t hear you or sorry we don’t understand you. We weren’t blaming him that our kid lost her boarding passes and we couldn’t get through customs. We were just trying to find out how to fix it and he wasn’t making it easy or even trying to be nice.

A lot more happened with later flights but we made it home Sunday at 2 am and I could not lay in bed I was in so much pain. I took Sunday off thinking I just needed to give my back some rest. Nope. Monday morning I was in the ER because the spasms were almost constant and nothing was cutting the pain.

ER Here I come!

They did a CT scan and checked me for a stroke. Luckily, no stroke, but I had a narrowing from C3-C6 on my vertebrae with the narrowing worse at C5-C6. A muscle relaxer, steroid and pain relievers later I was sent home and told to contact the orthopedic again. Two days later I see the orthopedic doctor, who thinks I might need surgery, but he wants an MRI first.

MRI – I actually fell asleep!

So on June 18, I went in for an MRI and go the bad news that surgery was my only option…well or live with the pain. Here comes the time you start reading all those articles you started avoiding because it was too scary. I spent the evening crying. See, they have to go in through the front of my throat, move things out of the way, take off the front bone spur on C5, remove the disc between C5-C6, spread it wide and try to get the bone spur on the back of C5 along with taking care of the wall that that is pushing on the spine and nerves. Then they put a cadaver bone in between, screw it in and back out the way they came in.  All while not hitting something they shouldn’t, cutting something they shouldn’t or just plain making me a damn vegetable for life. Yeah, this is a common surgery everyone tells me, but this is me and my life and my emotions. They don’t like that answer.

Now I need surgery

July 1, 2019 I go in for the procedure…oh, it’s outpatient too. They say the first two weeks are the worst. My throat will be sore, hurt and hard to swallow. I will have shoulder pain, but they are more focused on stopping the pain to my hands so that is acceptable pain to them. Their words. Can’t drive, can’t lift more than 5 lbs. and I might get a stylish neck brace.  After two weeks I can go back to light duty for the next four weeks. Should be all better around the sixth week. Takes 3-6 months for the cadaver bone to fuse with the C5-C6. For better information on what’s going to happen, refer to this wonderful article that terrifies me: https://mayfieldclinic.com/pe-acdf.htm

I repeat we are not shutting down!

I started this out with we aren’t shutting down the blog. And I mean that with all my heart, unless something worse happens to me. I can’t predict that so we will just believe I will be back. July is also with Sophia Rose goes on her vacation. This will leave the blog a little quiet and unmanned if I am not able to get back on shortly after the surgery.

Interesting times to come

In the mean time, we do have a few reviews already scheduled and I hope to write a few. If I don’t return comments, please know I will when I am better. We also hashed out a few ideas of some posts from my trip to Europe that I will be working on up to the surgery. My goal is to get at least half of July covered and if I can I will try to get it all covered. The only problem is I can’t guarantee we can interact with you as much as I love doing so.

I will be back….in my best Terminator voice

So I hope you like some of the funny, sweet, loving and maybe even sexy posts I have planned. Please keep commenting. I will try my best to get back here soon. See you on the other side of surgery!


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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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Christina Morland
1 year ago

What a challenging few months you’ve had! I’m so sorry for all your pain. I wish you a smooth recovery. Here’s hoping the last six months of 2019 will be kinder to you than the first six months have been.

Mary Kirkland
1 year ago

I can understand why you’re worried but I hope everything goes well and things get back to normal for you soon.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

She came through it well, Mary. Now for recovery. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Wow. We will be here. Take care of you. Rest, don’t rush it. Don’t push recovery. Hugs.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

The surgery is past and now the fun of recovery and taking it easy while doing the tasks. Thanks for thinking of her, Kimberly! 🙂

1 year ago

Sounds like you had a crazy few months so far. I hope the surgery goes well and that it helps with the pain. I am glad to hear you aren’t shutting down the blog.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Lola

She’s a real trooper, Lola. Amazing strength and giving spirit to others. Now its her turn to take time off and get better. 🙂
We’re glad to keep the blog going even at half-speed. 🙂

1 year ago

Gosh, get well soon and take care of you before anything else.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Kydd

It’s definitely her turn and she’s in recovery right now, Kydd. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures

Oh my! I hope your surgery goes well. Just take it easy and take care of yourself. Hoping for the best.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

It went well, Angela. Thanks for your well wishes for Shari. 🙂

Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

Wow, you’ve had a lot going the past few months! Best of wishes with your recovery! I’ll be waiting for your and Sophia’s return to the blog (no hurry – rest is important!) 🙂

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

She sure does, Crystal. Tons going on. LOL

Thanks so much for wishing her well. She did great through the surgery. Definitely want to take it easy now.

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I am so sorry 2019 has been so bad. Good luck with your surgery!!!!

Sophia Rose
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

She did great and came through well, Carole. Thanks for your well wishes. 🙂

1 year ago

My goodness Shari, I’m so sorry that so many things have been going on, and really hate that you’ve been suffering with so much pain. Sophia let us know that the surgery went well, but I’m still sending out some healing hugs that you’ll be back and ready to go sooner, rather than later. Hugs, RO