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    Packing In Pain

    Fifteen days and counting down….. We’re moving. The moving truck will be here for us to load in 15 days! So many boxes have been packed over the last two months. Sometimes I’ll pack one box a day and sometimes a few. After each box is packed out comes the ice pack to try and sooth the awful pain. We’ve moved many times in our marriage, but this is not like any before. The body doesn’t want to move and I’ve decided that packing is for young, healthy folk. Since my arm is still healing, I’m being very careful not to lift any boxes with that arm. I also sit…

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    Healthy Desires

    June’s Chronic Illness Link-Up is at the half-way point of 2019. It’s hard to believe that this year has gone by so fast. This year has truly been a whirl-wind of changes and will continue to be. I am happy to be included again in this party with A Chronic Voice. The 5 prompts this month will have me again thinking how I can describe a life of chronic illness through these words. I hope they also get you thinking about your life. Repeating I do often feel like I’m repeating myself in this life of chronic illness. The cycle continues over and over. Sometimes the cycle is drawn out…

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    Feet Up

    The last week was spent traveling to visit family. We had a marvelous time with everyone, especially our new grandson. Since he’s six months old, he is fun to play with and cuddle. The long trip had me spending a total of 24 hours riding in the car and my body hated it. I was already starting to have a lot of pain in my right hand MCP joint. As the week progressed the finger started to throb and then the swelling came. The right hand swelled on the top and became red and warm. By the time we headed home I was unable to use the hand and the…

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    God Will Provide

    Today marked the end of my 1st round of physical therapy for my broken shoulder. I’ve come a long way, but am no where near full range of motion. My physical therapist has been wonderful. As I was leaving she mentioned that she was contacting the surgeon to get a new order for PT. She didn’t want me to miss any time with so much more that was needed. I’ll also begin physical therapy for vertigo in two weeks. The therapist is good at re-aligning the crystals that can be messed up. I really don’t understand the process, but I’ve heard that this can work wonders. I have so many…

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    May Thoughts

    May will soon be over, but I wanted to try writing about the prompts from A Chronic Voice. Having many chronic illnesses puts me in a position to think about anything for hours at a time. Thinking too much can be a good thing or a bad thing. Here are my thoughts on these May Prompts. Regrouping – I think of people regrouping after a massive failure. How many times have I regrouped in life? I could never count this, but I can remember going through a regrouping process as a child. It’s a little bit like closure. It’s like a new season; you know, how a new season makes…

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    Slow Healing With EDS

    A month after surgery my pain has become less intense. I started physical therapy last week, and am working with a top therapist. The therapy has been easy, because she doesn’t push me past where I should go. Each appointment shows greater range of motion for my shoulder. Physical therapy makes me tired, because I have to do 3-4 sessions at home each day. The list of exercises grow with each treatment, but I’m glad to see it making improvement. The PT is only working on range of motion, and that will be the case for another month. The surgeon got new x-rays today and he went over the results…