Jun 012019

In yesterday’s blog I said we would probably spend the day at home writing and weaving. That’s the way I saw it happening when I wrote that, but as it turned out I was lying through my tooth. Except for this blog I didn’t do any writing, Miss Terry did not do any weaving, and we were gone for a big part of the day.

Jessup’s Jewelers in New Smyrna Beach called the first thing in the morning to say that they had repaired Terry’s necklace, which we had dropped off the day before, and it was ready to be picked up. We had a leisurely morning, and after brunch drove into town to pick it up.

My back has really been giving me a lot of problems for the last week, so our first stop was at Coastal Integrative Healthcare for another chiropractic adjustment. In December a doctor gave me some shots in the SI joints in my lower back which helped quite a bit, but at the time he told me the procedure was a Band-Aid to help with the pain, but it was not going to cure my problem. He said within 4 to 6 months I would need to have it done again, and we are right in that timeframe. I have an appointment with him Thursday and will probably get the shots again. He also wants to discuss radiofrequency nerve ablation, an option that should have long-term positive effects. If any of you have had this procedure done, I would be interested to hear your thoughts about it.

When we left the chiropractor’s we went to Jessup’s, which is a pawn shop and jewelry store. It’s not your typical cluttered pawn shop filled with old DVDs and rusty tools, with a grouchy suspicious guy behind the counter. It’s a friendly, well lighted place filled with showcases full of excellent quality new and used jewelry and a lot of very nice guitars and other musical instruments. They also do outstanding jewelry repair, and Terry has had a couple of items repaired there in the past and was quite pleased with the results.

With that behind us, we decided to stop at a couple of antique shops in New Smyrna Beach and do some browsing. We were not looking for anything particular and didn’t find anything we needed to bring home with us, but we had fun anyhow. I think we like antique shops because we are now official antiques ourselves and we can relate to everything that’s in them.

Back home, we decided to drive down to our dock and fishing pier because we hadn’t been down there in a while. It was a hot day, upper 90s, but there was a nice breeze blowing off the water which made it comfortable. Between our own medical issues and taking cousin Beverly to all of her doctor appointments while she was here, we didn’t get any time on the water at all this year. All my pontoon boat and our kayaks have done is collect dust. I really miss paddling and fishing and just being out there. I told Terry I don’t care if I have to crawl down to the water and into my kayak, one way or the other, once it starts to cool back down, I’m out there.

Terry made a delicious meal of chicken schnitzel and German spaetzle noodles for dinner and it really hit the spot. I’m pretty sure that girl could take an old combat boot and a worn-out baseball glove and turn them into something extraordinary. Yes, she’s that good of a cook!

Sometime around 7 o’clock a fast-moving storm came through the area and it rained really hard for about 15 minutes before it moved on out over the ocean. It was long enough to give our yard some much-needed water and to fill the streets.

Today marks the official start of hurricane season, which runs through November. We are keeping our fingers crossed and are hopeful for a quiet season. Our first two years here saw Hurricanes Matthew and Irma come through our area and do quite a bit of damage, and last year Hurricane Michael roared out of the Gulf of Mexico as the first Category 6 hurricane to ever hit the region, destroying a large section of the Panhandle. Scientists say it was the most intense hurricane ever recorded, the strongest to ever hit the United States, and the most expensive and deadly hurricane ever. Let’s hope we don’t have anything like that this year.

Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.

Thought For The Day – What happens to nitrogen when the sun comes up? It becomes daytrogen?


Nick Russell

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  5 Responses to “I Said We Would, But We Didn’t”

  1. My husband has suffered from severe, debilitating, constant, soul-sucking spinal pain for the last 4-5 years. The VA in our area did not offer certain procedures, so we began exploring Pain Clinics here in Tucson. After MRIs and CT scans, a plan was put in place for RF Ablation in his lumbar spine. We were using Medicare for this. A series of 2 injections were required, to confirm that the correct area had been targeted. After that, the ablation was performed … one side at a time with a period of a week in between. The relief appeared in about a week, after the nerve “died” and the pain was stopped. A year later a cervical location was ablated. Now, the lumbar area is giving some trouble again. May be the same spot, or one next door. Our experience is that RF Ablation can be a real benefit for several years at a time … longer, if you are lucky … but once part of your spine goes, you will always have additional issues. Then, there is the difference between facet pain and stenosis/disc pain. My husband has both. The VA here in Tucson now has this procedure on their menu, and we are seeing someone in Neurology/Pain Clinic to get fresh eyes on the area. I recently had a bout with sacroiliac joint pain and it was painful to the point of nausea. CBD/THC tincture gave me some relief, but, holy moly does this hurt! Best of luck to you … a multi-pronged approach is always good!!

  2. Nick, I lost your email somewhere between the changes of several computers, so will contribute here. First, after reading Carol’s very good response above, I have only two offerings which may or may not apply. Here goes. First, I have had five back surgeries now. Before my second surgery, my neurosurgeon told me that if I had gone to my chiropractor much longer, I would have been crippled. Every adjustment had squeezed out more disk material from a ruptured disk. Aha! Unbeliever that I was, I chose anesthesia that permitted Doc to waken and show me that material. Yuk! It was bright orange and the size of a large oyster. No wonder I was in pain. No more adjustments. Instead, I was directed to something, the name of which escapes me due to the gift of postherpetic neuralgia given to me by shingles 29 months ago. It is part of a physical therapy regimen and involves being strapped in and laced up against a “bed” which then tilts to horizontal and the mild “stretching ” begins. Stretch and hold’ etc. I forget how long the session is, but when I walk out, it’s like walking on air — quite a feat for my 270 lbs. of pure muscle which like yours, is protected by a belly that keeps adding more layers of protection. Someone here will know the name of that procedure, I’m sure. Good luck. Hi to Miss Terry.

  3. Hurricane Michael was a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale. I don’t see any category 6 on the scale. And Hurricane Michael did not really impact the east coast of Florida at all. In fact since 1850 Brevard County (we live there) just below Volusia where you are has never been hit by any hurricane greater than 2. By the time the hurricane gets to us it is 2 or less.

  4. Replying to Fred Hammer … Very glad you have found relief by any method available. The “stretching” procedure you describe sounds like Intermittent Traction, and is offered by the Chiropractor that I presently use. My husband tried that some years ago, but he got zero relief from several months of sessions. Happily, the Therapy/Pain office that was treating him stood by their money back offer and refunded all $1600! The VA here in Tucson is spearheading a Pilot Program for sufferers of chronic, debilitating pain. To date, 5000 vets have passed through for treatment. Their goal is to provide tools for handling chronic pain that are alternatives to opioids … and hopefully to provide as much or more relief. They offer education on what exactly pain IS (it is more complicated than you think!), strategies to deal with chronic pain, and all manner of counseling, therapy and support. We attended some preliminary classes, then moved on to individual counseling, couples counseling, caregiver support, physical therapy, pharmaceutical therapy, and more. We can enrroll in groups for Water Therapy, Acupuncture, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, Chiropractic, and more. They say, “Use whatever works.” and offer no discouragement to those who opt for cannabis. If you test positive for THC, you will not be prescribed any narcotic for pain relief with good reason, but they do not want to discourage the people who need this info the most. This program is helping the most at-risk patients feel as though they have some hope of living a life with reduced pain … and hope is the best drug of all.

  5. I have Degenerative Disk Disease and Degenerative Arthritis of my lower spine. I cannot do the steroid injections because I react badly to them. . . the pain gets about 100% worse for a week and then settles back to where it was in the first place. I’ve tried them for several different locations and they just don’t work for me, they make me worse. I read an article once that said some people have this reaction because their particular body chemistry causes the steroids to turn into crystals and so it’s like putting quartz crystals in the joint, making it hurt even worse. Next step was the Nerve Ablation. Like Carol says, they have to do 2 “test runs” with lidocaine (and steroid, if they can) to be sure they’re targeting the correct nerves. While it was numb, of course it felt much better, LOL. Then came the actual ablation; I had 4 places done and although I’d like to say it was much better, I can’t. I CAN say it was a bit better for a short while, maybe 2 months, after the 1st month of feeling the nerves fire as they died. . . After a couple months the nerves regenerated and I was right back to where I started.
    Would I do it again? No WAY. . . there just wasn’t enough relief for me. My daughter in law (AirForce) had it done once (no anesthetic, I could hear her screaming in the waiting room) and said never again and it didn’t help her at all, she’s disabled retired now. My daughter: however, has a friend who claims it’s the only way she can function and has it done EVERY 6 months. . . that is all the longer she can manage the nerves regenerating.

    I’ve gone to a chiropractor, which while it doesn’t heal it, does give me slight relief, but our insurance will only cover so many visits a year. My Chiropractor also had me undergo Decompression Therapy (a machine you get strapped to that stretches out your back and it does the intermittent stretching that Fred mentions in his reply,” and involves being strapped in and laced up against a “bed” which then tilts to horizontal and the mild “stretching ” begins. Stretch and hold’ etc.” When I first get off the table I am so stretched and sore from lying on my back that long that I can hardly get off the table and hobble out of the room. But within about a half hour, it feels pretty darned good. Naturally, there’s a bad side, our insurance will only allow so many of those treatments per year and it’s expensive.

    I also have Fibromyalgia and my Chiropractor suggested an anti inflammatory diet to help with the Fibro and arthritis. This is a very, very strict diet of meat, veges, and 2 fruits a day (type and amount of meat, veges, and fruit limited, of course–nothing fried, no sugar or flour or oil) It helps quite a bit, and even better, the weight loss has probably actually helped more. . . but it’s so hard to only eat meat, veges, and fruit indefinitely/forever. . . The best thing about it is that I have found out which foods trigger additional pain and if I, at least, avoid them, it helps. . . I went from not being able to walk more than about 50 feet, last year, without sitting down to walking several miles on the beach in Galveston where we snowbirded this past winter–not speed walking or anything, just meandering along picking up sea shells when I found them (which meant bending over a lot too). Again, I suspect the by product of lost weight (50 lbs so far) has helped as much as anything. . . .

    My Orthopedic Dr. says there’s nothing else we can do other than treat the pain. . . it’s pretty depressing. My Fibro Dr. says the same, all we can do is treat the pain.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do, I hope it works for you. Smiles, Sue Castle

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