So, where have I been the past four months? I wish I could tell you that I was on an around-the-word cruise visiting all sorts of exotic locales. But no such luck!
Unfortunately, since the end of August, I’ve been dealing with a herniated disk in my neck pinching a nerve causing excruciating pain down my left arm, plus severe pins and needles starting in my fingers and traveling up my arm.
The pain started while we were away for a few days in Maine (more about that trip in a future post) and became increasingly severe when we got home. Because the pain at first mainly situated itself in the elbow area, the doctor misdiagnosed the problem as tennis elbow and suggested a cortisone shot to ease the pain. It did nothing of the sort. If anything, the pain increased. Then, the tingling in my fingers began — a clue that the problem was cervical. An MRI confirmed that the problem was at the C6,C7 level, i.e., where the neck meets the shoulder.
To say that normal life was interrupted is a towering understatement. Nerve pain’s intensity is extremely debilitating and depressing.
I started physical therapy and added acupuncture in October, but the healing process has been staggeringly slow!
One of the many consequences of this situation was the inability to sit in front of the computer because doing so immediately caused the pain and pins & needles to escalate to an unbearable level. Ergo, my silence.
By early November, there was enough diminution of pain related to aspects of my life, like driving and cooking, so that I was able to regain some semblance of normalcy, including coming into NYC and eating out.
However, the situation with the computer lagged far behind. It was only a few weeks ago that the pain level in that regard became reduced just enough to allow me to sit for very short periods and respond briefly to emails. Now, the pain is much lower and, though the pins & needles still pose a problem, I can sit at the computer for longer periods.
The healing process is on-going, I’m continuing with p.t. and acupuncture, and it is my fervent hope to be totally pain- and pins & needles-free in the not-too-distant future.
Nevertheless, I now feel physically ready to begin blogging regularly again. Also, I have a lot of catching up to do with regard to loading photos onto my Flickr. There is a mountainous accumulation, so getting them up there, arranging and labeling them is a monumental task that will take a few weeks. I’ve already started, and some of them will be ready for viewing very soon.
I want to sincerely thank all of you who have visited my blog during the past year. I feel honored that you took the time to stop by and hope you will continue to do so.
My very best wishes to everyone for a healthy, prosperous, and joy-filled 2011!