Friday, February 20, 2009

Degenerative Diseases of the Cervical Spine

Degenerative Diseases of the Cervical Spine

X-Ray results are in for Mom. She does have a lot of changes in her cervical spine.
Her discs in her neck are virtually gone and the bone spurs all up her neck and because of the collapsing discs she has some pressure on the nerves in the spinal canal.

The cervical spine consists of the top 7 vertebrae of the spine. Doctors often refer to these vertebrae as C1-C7, with the "C" indicating cervical, and the numbers 1-7 indicating the level of the vertebrae. C1 is closest to the skull, while C7 is closest to the thoracic (chest/rib cage) region of the spine.

Neck pain as a result of spondylosis (i.e., a degenerative change) is relatively common. The pain may radiate, or spread, into the shoulder blade or down the arm. Patients may have an arm complaint (such as pain or weakness) as the result of nerve root compression from a bone spur.

That is what they found in Mom. The pain is something that will stay with her and they are amazed that she has not broken something. She has fell three times in the past 6 months and I am doing everything to keep her safe.
The problem is her dementia is so bad that 5 minutes after I talked with her today to tell her what they found she had forgot. She must use her walker all the time and that is something that we are just not able to get her to do.
Dr said that if her neck and shoulders are that bad then her hips and knees and wrists and ankles are the same.
Bless her heart, we are going to try the pain pills twice a day and heating pads that the Dr said will help a lot. I just need to get her to remember and that is such a challenge.
If it were not for the dementia then the recommended treatment would help.
She needs to be on a heating pad when she sits and that is something that I think I can do for her. I am going to pin the heating pad to the back of her chair and her computer chair (she loves to sit and work jigsaw puzzles on the Internet.)
BUT She goes outside in the yard without her walker and that is where she fell the first time. There may come a day this summer that we need to put a child gate on the deck so that she cannot come into the yard without me or Dad knowing.
She is not happy with that, but it is something that the home health care workers and the Dr thinks would help keep her safe.
Otherwise, she is in good health and if we can get her to remember the walker and control the pain with medicine we might be able to get the pain down to a dull throb.

Girls, I know that some of you have had to care for your parents at the end of their lives, and I know that there are many people that are going through the same thing as I am, but that knowledge does not help some days and some days it is just so hard. I see her hurting and being so restricted in her movement and it just hurts my heart.

I would love to be the daughter that gets to come and visit and take them to dinner and laugh and talk and then go home and not have to watch them day to day, but this is not about me, it is about my Mom...... Just remember her when you pray and ask God to help her mind, so that we can help her.
Love you gals a LOT!!!!!!

Walking In His Shoes.......

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

[Be] kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SPIRIT OF GOD....... cause there are some days that I want to put on my old grubby flesh shoes and just not mess with some people... Does that make me bad.... NOPE... makes me human............
Thank you Lord for rising up in me and reminding me when dealing with people that hate me that I am called to love...........

Enjoy your Friday girls .................

You are welcome to the graphic to use on your blog........ It is one of my creations....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

More X-Rays

Had to take little mother to hospital today and the took lots of x-rays on her neck and back. She was just out of control today so the home health nurse and myself decided that we needed more x-rays. I am thankful that Mom has a good Dr and he called the hospital and I took her over there pretty quick. We should hear from the Dr tomorrow. Her appointment with the Neurologist is not until March 2nd. I pray that they find nothing but I pray that they figure out what is causing the headaches......... so tonight I am tired. You know what it is like sitting around a hospital for a few hours.
She is much better tonight (of course she is flying high on pain pills tonight)
I will let you know what the Dr says. Hard to watch her be in so much pain and nothing I can do.

Thanks for all your prayers........

AND.............. thank you ALL for the wonderful comments on my picture post.. You have no idea how hard that was for me............ I am a VAIN person and getting older has not changed that, only made it a bit worse................ BUT I am glad to be getting older.............. ! You said some very kind and sweet things and you have helped me over a hurdle that I was fearful of tackling.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Well Here I Am

Some have asked why I never had a picture of me here on the blog....... Well here I am.. I hate running from myself the past 8 years since I have gained so much weight.. But I am tired of running and so ................ Here I am........ and in 6 months I will post another picture of me 40lbs lighter.......... If God be willing and I can stay on the diet wagon.......... but this is the only picture I could find that I would dare put up here.......... I have several of me around the pool last year and they are NOT going on my blog....... I would hate to scare any of you away! sooooooooooooo for those of you that want to see me............... Then here is looking at you kid!

Be Still --- He is Still In Control

When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.

Corrie Ten Boom

HE is the good Shepherd

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Hiding in The Garden

Why do we do that? Why did they do that? It is not like HE does not know, or did not know. Of course HE did. The word of God tells us that Christ was crucified from the Foundations of the Earth........ 1 Peter 1 "18-20 God had a plan way back there...... HE knew they would sin. But they were foolish enough to think they could hide anything from HIM.
HE came to visit, but instead HE had to seek them out and then offer up the first sacrifice for their sin.
We still do that today, we still hide in our gardens of our busy lives going here and there and hiding among the jobs and the kids and the cleaning and the stuff, and when HE comes just to visit HE finds unrepentant sin that we think we have well hid.
Why do we think that because we are born again that we do not have the ability to sin, of course we do. If he took away the ability to hate, then there goes the ability to love. HE did not create us to control us like a marionette, HE created us with a choice. We choose to love and show mercy and be kind, BUT we have the ability to hate and treat others unkind, or have hateful thoughts or envy, jealousy, pride and the list goes on.
The ability is there and we sin everyday. It is attitude and the heart. So just because we are Christians does not mean that there is not going to be sin. We cannot hide from those feeling and when they rear their ugly heads we repent!
There is a situation in my life that some days the hate in me rises to the top and I struggle with the anger that it brings. Do I feel these things, yes I do.
I came home the other day and the anger in me was rising to the surface and I was taking it out on the pots and pans in my sink. I was angry and the hate in me was nasty and so wanting to spew out its venom. I stopped where I stood and ask the Father God to PLEASE heal whatever it is that is within me that causes the anger and hatred to rise. I did not just want relief for the moment, I wanted healing for the reason.
HE knew, HE saw the hate and the anger, I did not hide in the garden, I faced HIM and asked for HIS help. HE is able, I am not. HE is GOD and I am fallible flesh.
I am born-again, spirit filled, on fire for God and I SIN..........
So I pray next time, which will most likely be today, when sin rises up in me for whatever reason I will not hide in the garden, I will repent so that when HE comes to walk and talk in the cool of the evening, there will be no unrepentant sin to hinder our fellowship.

Thought For Today

God's providence is not in baskets lowered from the sky, but through the hands and hearts of those who love him. The lad without food and without shoes made the proper answer to the cruel-minded woman who asked, "But if God loved you wouldn't he send you food and shoes?" The boy replied, "God told someone, but he forgot."

George Buttrick