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Such a killer, I agree, Karen, and I still haven't slept! I was nearly there earlier and drifting away when someone hammered the door in that urgent sort of way people do when something like the horses have escaped and are galloping up the main road. Of course, I shot up, the back had a minor spasm, I tripped, stubbed my toe, turned the air a virulent shade of blue, and by the time I reached the door the salesman for the (presumably) double glazing company wa about five houses on up the road... Lucky him! Since then the back's been playing havoc and a friend has brought down her husband's vibrating heat pad, which I am now sitting against. Hoping it will ease things enough to stop it getting any worse until I can do something more to deal with it. I think the drain tube has probably stuck to me inside the wound as that's healing, and it is likely that which is pulling as I move and causing the fresh blood and plasma that is now increasing instead of decreasing. With it being stitched in, it can't be turned or manipulated a bit to stop that.My shoulder joint is arthritic, but not badly so, and it was the accident in 1991 that kicked off the original spinal damage, but the SI joint was locked up at that time, then not spotted for twelve years. By that time I'd been complaining about feeling as if I'd one leg longer than the other and sitting uneven when riding the horse (on the times I could mangage to do that) for years and was just being told I've some sort of curvature higher up and needed to improve my postture. It was a physiotherapist who found the problem, and actually freed it but, of course, after so long like it, all hell broke out then much further up the spine, Guess I'd had years of the vertebrae trying to repair bone that had worn and fill up wider gaps in the thoracic region. Now it's probably busy wearing out bits it's built and fraying the nerve endings and goodness knows what besides. I was able to do exercises that helped prior to the last op, but can't get the full extension to do them yet and since. It almost feels as if the wrong bits are connected, but probably just healing scar tissue from where all the nodes were taken.
(((Hugs))), Karen.Will be thinking of you when all the positive energy starts really powering-up later on, and doing my best to send you as much as I can and that you may need. No promises because, as I am sure you realise, the 'Old Dragon' is no real shamaness, it's just a role I play in the game - but who knows, perhaps a little bit of the magic of role-play and the music really can make a difference?I would like to think so. BTW, my surgery wasn't to address any arthritic shoulder problems, but because my breast cancer had spread into the lymph nodes under my arm. My next appointment's with the oncologist and early in July. Looking like a three-fold attack on he cancer front and with chemo, radiotherapy and hormone treatments. I have great faith in the power of 3 - me being involved with Triune/TRPD anyway. Lol
Now a 'Naked Scientists' calendar for charity might be an idea, Karen...  We could invite photo submissions and act as the judges, don't you think? I managed to wake up in time to get to the hospital for my appointment with the oncologist, and now have a date for the start of the chemo. That will be a combination of three drugs - FEC - 5 Fluorouracil (5-FU); Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide. Six cycles at three week intervals and over about four months, starting 18th July, so only a fortnight away. Apparently they include an anti-nausea drug with that and given intravenously at the same time. Lots of leaflets have also been given to me to read up on, and everything from instructions in the event of catching an infection to where to get a wig! Lol The lads are already betting on whether or not Andrew's I.B.T. will save my scalp, so that will be an interesting experiment. The hospital have offered me a 'cold cap' treatment pre chemo, which cools the head & can help to prevent the drugs reaching the hair follicles, but then that might interfer with the experiment results. (I think also the Wolf team's shaman is looking for some revenge, too, over the 'George Clooney' that his wife gave him after Natural Born Dragon and I beat him and his team mate in that last challenge, so just might find myself being challenged in the not too distant future...  )***In the meantime, I have a mountain of work to address over the weekend, so don't be surprised if I'm not around much online. You could always make plans for that 'calendar' idea... (***Edited to add that i was not wrong, Karen - there was a revenge challenge issued last night.  The battle is on again.) Lol