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Hello & A Health Update

Hello & Health Update

It is October 1st, and I have been gearing up to participate in The Nesters write ’31 Days’ in October.  Have you heard of it?  Bloggers from all over the world choose one topic to write about for 31 days in the month of October.  I have wanted to participate in it and thought I finally would get to this year.  Last year I was gearing up for more  surgery so I waited patiently for this year, and if you know me, you know patience is not always my best virtue.

I made myself a fun little graphic, outlined my 31 posts, and got pretty excited to share them with you all.  The subject I choose was Anti-Procrastination.  We were gonna GET THINGS DONE!

Life brought about a different plan for me this morning.  I went to bed feeling fine for the most part.  I had achy joints from storms that came yesterday but nothing I was not used to.  I woke up in pain level 8-9.  I was on my side and tried to turn over, and pain shot through my upper spine.  It took me a long time to get up this morning and once I was up, any movement brought on shoots of pain.

My Oncologist, Dr. M,  has always told me to expect pain from my meds, but it should be an all-over, diffused bone pain.  She said if cancer ever came back in the bones, it would be in one specific spot, and would be very painful.  I’ll give you one guess where my thoughts went when I woke up this morning.

Todd got my oldest and youngest girls to school.  My  Mother-In-Law came to pick up my middle girl who home school’s for a day of school-ing at her house, and my sister Julie came to be my driver & hang out for most of the day. My favorite physical therapist, Anya, was able to get me in right away which was a miracle–I was so thankful.

She worked on me for a while and brought some relief. She thinks it is facet joint pain & muscle spasms.  She is pretty confident it is not cancer related, but advised me to call Dr. M if pain does not go away in a day or so.   I left very relieved.  It is funny how even just the thought of cancer can be painful.  I know taking that thought away really helped, as did Anya’s skilled hands.

I’ve rested all afternoon.  The pain is still at a pretty high level.  I am hopeful it will let up, but in the meantime, I had to decide whether I would take part in the 31 Days writing challenge, and I’ve decided it is a no go.

crossed 31 days

{So sad to put an ‘x’ through that. Boo!}

In order to get things done around here, I need to be able to move.  I have no idea how long I’m gonna be hurting, but moving is the LAST thing I want to right now.  31 Days is a high commitment challenge and I would not be able to rest.  On top of that, life has gone through many changes around here lately, and honestly I wondered if it was wise to be committing to something for 31 days!  I now have my answer. Waa.

I still plan on using the content I have written so far & all the anti-procrastination ideas and motivations that are still in my head.  It just won’t be with the  31 Day Challenge community.  This is really a bummer because it is such a fun community of people!  Regardless, I will be enjoying what others come up with and even share with you my favorites.

Today I’m “Boo’n” & “Waa’n”  but it won’t last.  There is much too much to be thankful for!


Until today, my physical health has been pretty much the same, except for some aching in my left arm due to very early stage lymphedema.  I saw Anya a few days ago and she put me back in my lovely sleeve for the month and took some measurements.  It has been feeling better, the aching is not as intense as it was the last couple of weeks.  I tell people it feels like a “headache in my arm.”  I’m thankful it is feeling better, that we caught it early & that it does not seem to be progressing.


Once again, thanks for coming along with me and caring about these up’s & down’s.

PS–Have any of you ever had facet joint pain/syndrome/disease?  I would love to know your experience and what has helped you deal with the pain.

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  • Ashley
    October 7, 2014 at 1:40 am

    yes, facet joint chip in college from a rowing injury…that has since morphed into other muscle and joint issues from being uneven. but thats a whole nother story. BUT when that first pain was strong– ice, heat, warm baths, BIOFREEZE, massage and valerian root muscle relaxer ( very light, not drowsy)– be careful with chiropractor, had some great ones and some that made injury worse.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 7, 2014 at 8:59 am

      oh man, FACET JOINT CHIP! That sounds so painful. Sorry to hear you have lingering issues. Mine is so much better…still very tight muscles and sore but I would not say it is painful anymore. Physical therapist, stretching, yoga, & massage did the trick. Love your suggestions, especially the valerian root muscle relaxer! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kristina and Millie
    October 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    Sorry to hear you are in such pain 🙁 Will send positive thoughts flowing your way. Please take it easy and rest as much as you can!

  • Holli
    October 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Boo! 🙁 I’m so sorry dear.

  • Jeanne
    October 2, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I’m so very sorry to hear this news of your pain! You will be in my prayers! Keep us posted in how you are doing. You are loved and very much appreciated!!

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 2, 2014 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Jeanne. I am doing so much better today. Yoga stretches every hour, ice, turmeric for inflammation, glucosamine, & peoples prayers seem to be doing the trick!

  • Gina
    October 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    So sorry about this curve ball! I don’t relate to the anti-procrastination, but I certainly can sympathize with that headache in your arm. Lymphedema is not fun. Big (very gentle) hugs! P.S.–I recently learned that applying lemongrass essential oil may help with lymphedema…I’m gonna give it a try. Can’t hurt, right?

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      Hi Gina! So good to hear from you. How is your lymphedema doing? Love the tip about smells so good. Let me know if it brings relief and any other tips you might have.

  • Alia Joy
    October 1, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I’m sorry you’re not able to jump in this year. I could seriously use your posts. I am a huge procrastinator in almost every way. But I’m so glad you’re not adding pressure and able to get the rest you need to heal your body. I’m hoping this pain doesn’t last and that you have peace while you work it all out.

    • AmyNewNostalgia
      October 2, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Alia! So fun to see your face here at New Nostalgia. Thank you for your sweet words. As far as procrastination, you would laugh at the state of my house right now and all I have procrastinated on! With my outline for 31 days, I’m hoping to get things done even if not participating…it just may be a bit slower. Eager to read your words and will be following along.