Good girl for behaving yourself Mrs Shingles!! So glad you had lovely staff at radiology and that you were fairly relaxed for your CT scans. That was pretty unlucky having to go back again today, at least it is all done now.
Isn't it awful when you are simply sitting too long and then have the shock of not being able to move very well? I get so annoyed sometimes as something that is as simple as having a coffee out with a friend can have such repercussions.
Good luck for Friday's appointment, I just hope the results will give you some answers.
Sounds as though you are improving within yourself emotionally too, that is terrific to see.
One foot in front of the other, slow and steady!
All the best, take care 🙂
Hi Florrie, sorry i took so long to let you know how i went . i thought i had answered but only just realised now that i hadnt.my appointment went really well on Friday. . We set up a GPMA plan which includes then4 services I am using at the moment.they include GP , Specialist, Osteo and Counselling., so now they can confer with each other about my condition which can only be a good thing.
Have had a change in meds, am now trialling Norspan patches to see if the steady level of pain relief will work better than the up and down level of Endone .Have only two weekly patches of 10mg so will have a review in two weeks, and endone for breakthrough pain.I am on Endep 50mg a day, but am trialling 100mg at night to see if I can sleep better. Any improvement in that would be great.
We only had one report back that showed my lower back did have some wear and tear which will probably cause me some grief as I get older. The hip scan report wasn't back yet. It was good to find that my two GPs had discussed my care before the one leaves, so it makes it easier not having to go through it all again.
Am feeling a bit brighter this afternoon, so hopefully over the down period for a while. It's a terrible feeling when the world looks so bleak, but that little bit of blue sky can bring you out of the slump and put me back on track.
Off to get tea organized, only the two of us home tonight.
only ust catching up with you terrible accidentnow as i have had problems with computer and isses getting into the forum in reent times- i guess i was also surprised to fid that you had literally been hit by a truck too! i must say, as soon as i read the description of what happened i am not surprised you are stil having pain- even if you had not had nerve pain problems before, a sudden stop in a car ( eg whip lash) can take a few weeks to sett, you had the added "benefit" of the imapct, not being restrained or supported by a seat eetc but jerked around with considerable force if you bag was caught then dumped on the surface of the road1 they are all considerable forces and i think that as with whip lash it is accepted now that this kind of sudden movement cause damage and inflammation at very basic tissue levels so even though there is not much to see there can be significant discomfort and i can only imagine that it may be tougher if there has already been herpatic neuralgia- lets face it, nerve damge is slower than other tissues to heal. having said all that after reading what happened, things could have been so much worse!
i am so gla that you not only had good sermaritans at the time of the accdent but lots of witnesses cos synical old me tends to think that the driver probbably only gave himself up once he thought about the chance his rego had been seen- i suggest i thought it may be better to turn himslef in rather than if they came after him- lets face it he tried to make light of what happened by saying you were already on your feet- i really hope they throw the book at him if for no other reason than to reset the bad example he set to the child in the car.
sorry for al the typos but my hadns are not working too well, its like they are drunk when the rest of me is sober- hopefull its only a psuedoflare of the ms and things will improve soon
tke care of yourslef and do not be too quick to rush back to work, its heavy work in aged care even (perhaps especially ) if they put you on nights as you mentioned- i did nigt shift on heavy medical wards for some yrs- you would need to be able to hit the ground running- tough on the kind of pain you are in! or if you need suh heavy duty pain killer to control it when at home thats my thought anyway= you need to protect yourself until your body can heal a bit more
Morning Kebsa, hope your pain levels are down a little this morning. I really appreciated your post, so please don't apologise for typo errors, I am amazed sometimes what my fingers type out as it can be totally removed from what I am trying to say....I often find myself re reading what I have typed out before pushing the post button.....and boy have I had to delete often and start again 🙂
I am trying to stop myself from getting back to work before I should.....I have 13 permanent shifts a fortnight and these are made up of all 7-10 am and 6-10 pm , with majority being split shifts....it plays havoc on sleep, and they are equally as hectic, but I do enjoy settling my residents at night and waking them the next morning.......tho many have asked me if I have gone home in between lol. Christmas Day was special as I was there both ends of the day with Chrissy lunch with family in between.
Unfortunately my job detail doesn't cater for light duties, as you would understand, but I may be able to go back for a little while doing admin till I am fit enough to handle my normal shifts again.
I was very lucky to have so many people helping me...especially the lady who talked me through some slow breathing. She looked at my uniform and said oh you know all this...but I asked her to keep telling me when to breathe as panic and shock had wiped it out of my head. And it definitely was easier for the witnesses to remember his rego as he had personalized number plates . That reminds me , I must put in a Thankyou in the local paper this week.
Take care of yourself Kebsa and I hope your flare up is a short one
[hide]Hey mrs shingles,hope your having a nice day, I found this website on the home page.its a link to a course on PTSD, but also chronic pain and other things.they are free,self paced courses intended to help people with certain problems/ conditions through education, hope it can prove of some use to you 🙂 I have signed up to be notified about the next course on chronic pain,I hope I get to learn something, I am also going to inform my GP about this website.best wishes, Tom
Hi mrs Shingles I hope you are ok, pls post and let us know how you are feeling today.
Hugs to you.
[hide] great website Tom, I also joined for the next chronic pain course, thanks. [/hide]
That's a wonderful link Tom. I hope Mrs Shingles does keep posting. That may be great for her to consider doing. 🙂
[hide]Hey... maybe if we all used the hidden posts a few more of the lurkers out there would join as members instead of just looking on. 😆 [/hide]
Yes, but it might also drive some of them away. People don't like to feel that they are being forced to join something just so they can see it. They prefer to make up their own minds.
Not every day is a good day, but there is good in every day.
"“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
That's a very valid point Mary.
I do believe certain things are very appropriate to be for members viewing only though!
I guess a members respect and privilege becomes suitable at times.
13 shifts in 14 days, thats a lot, even if they are short shifts and splits shifts doesn't surprise me though, thats they way nursing homes, care facilities and home carers function to keep their costs down- they have not cottoned on to the fact its one of the big reasons they have trouble retaining good staff- i know that the agency that employs my personal carer (it sub contracts government funded home care) see nothing wrong in asking my carer to work 7 days per week with some clients as early as 0630 right through to me at 7pm! we have often discussed it and i now she has agreed with me that if she were younger and further from retirement, she would be better off going back and doing iher here EN or RN training - the working conditions and pay are a bit better than poor old carers!
i am glad you have some suportive collegues who are helping cover your shifts as my main reason for reminding you not to push back to quick is that i am only too aware that there is no such thing as light duties- if you are there you do the lot and i know they say its no lift these days but even with lifters etc you still have a lot of manual handling to get sllings in place etc to use them- i don't think i have ever met a nurse of carer who have been in the game a few yrs who does not have some wear and tear in back neck or shoulders
anyway, i know you know all this
hope things are settling down a bit- they say no good deed goes unpunished- so sad that doing a simple errand for someone has caused you such a pain-literallY
Had an osteo appointment yesterday , which was the first time he has been able to work on my Back and hips since the accident as we had to wait for the inflammation and swelling to go down a little. Lucky I told my daughter that I wouldn't be able to take her shopping, after it, cos I felt so sore after it, which is still present today, and my pain levels went sky high.
But I did feel exhausted and actually slept reasonably well which was good.
A quiet day today for me today , as I am still sore from things being stirred up by the massage, but hopefully it will settle down.
Kebsa, I am lucky that my accident was covered by WC ...so they just have to accept that until the doctor tells me I am fit enough and pain free enough , I won't be returning.
This does take a lot of pressure of me , and I don't have the guilts for not being there as I would normally. I know at the moment that there is no way I would be able to fulfill my duties, as I can't get myself around let alone be responsible for my residents.
Need to drop more bills into them , but it won't be today, as I am stiff and sore from the osteo still.
Have just returned from my first 2 hour rehab pool session. I am not doing this through a referral by a physio which also runs a class at the same time, but just doing what I feel like and able to do.
Probably did a bit too much for my first ...as I feel my legs are burning a bit from the unusual exercise . But as someone mentioned here one day( sorry I can't recall who) you can get carried away with the excitement of being able to move more freely than on land. Which is me completely today
We have a great heated pool ( hubby is actually the one to do the maintenance and cleaning) and I have discovered that once we pay an a insurance fee of $10 , we are able to go there and for the cost of $2 per session up to 3 times a week if we like.
This is definitely something I will use on a regular basis as I can do exercises to strengthen my core muscles . Didn't realize how difficult it is to sit astride a noodle and maintain your balance using your core muscles...
I did warn you mrs shingles, it is very easy to get carried away, another thing I like to do is balance on one noodle at the bottom of my right foot in the deep end of the pool, you get some strange looks when just your head is poking above the water and you are not moving, this trick takes a lot of balance to do.