WOW! didn't realize how long it had been since I posted, until I just did one. I 'went back to school' the Fall of 2013, in the medical profession, studying to be a "Nutrition Therapy Practitioner". Since then, there's been VERY little time for 'hobbies', so digital-scrapbooking has taken a back seat for awhile. I've done a few pages here and there, but am no longer a member of any CT (creative team). Then, in February last year, I injured my IT band (ligament-like tough fibers that run from the knee to the hip) and tensor fascia lata muscle - throwing out my right hip, SI joint and a few vertebrae and injuring the tissues & muscles between the knee and into the lower back. When a local chiropractor made a house call (again traditional medicine failed me), my right leg was 1 1/4 inches shorter than the other. It's the worst pain I've ever had to endure in my entire life. Add to that, a SEVERE allergic reaction to a new lift chair (necessary 'cuz of the injury) which sent me to ER by ambulance and into a huge nightmare! (and why the Drs protocol for me is "ER as the 'last' resort!"). Suffice it to say, the chair went and the hospital bed came into our home. After an entire month of extensive chiropractic therapy, I was able to say goodbye to the hospital bed and gradually things improved (continued chiropractic therapy up until our move in August). It's now been a FULL YEAR, and while I still have a partial numb area in my leg, the nerve pain is only intermittent and specific (daily) stretches help keep my spine in line and the hip where it's supposed to be! It's popped out a couple times in recent weeks, but was able to get it back in place with a couple stretch maneuvers. THANK YOU to Dr Stephen Bappe of Hastings MN!!
The toughest part was having to deal with all that pain through only natural means. While at the hospital ER, they tried morphine through IV and that took the edge off. However, even that wasn't an option once the simultaneous benadryl no longer kept the allergic reaction to the drug in check. Add to that several trips to/from MI which culminated in an out-of-state move, and it's easy to see why I fell so far behind in 'blogging'. It was all I could do to keep up with facebook! I'm now best friends with garlic (new level!), ginger & turmeric... and magnesium was super helpful with the horrific muscle spasms that were being triggered by the nerve injuries.
My nutritional certification studies were delayed due to medical leave for the IT band injury, and then even further when an extension was needed during my last class because of exposures and reactions related to the move. And now that I'm back on track with that, it's tax time! YECH!!!
♥~♥*♥~~♥*♥~♥Hoping I'll be able to do more writing this year :-)