Friday, April 1, 2016

Checking in...again

Dear friends,

Surely, you are as tired of hearing about my ailments as I am of dealing with them and talking about them. I will tell you though, that the Orthopedic doctor suspects a herniated disc. Monday, I am scheduled for an MRI, and you know what? I am scared to death of getting the MRI...and then that injection. Scared to death!!



Bet you didn't know that hay tastes better eaten from a pink wheelbarrow? Poppy had just put a new bale of hay in the hay rack and we were taking the old hay to the chicken house but Rosie had to have one more bite. Asa says she is not sure about this pink wheelbarrow.



Painful as it is, I am still limping outside after Poppy leaves for work, to feed Rosie, open the chicken house door, and let Eli in the goat lot.  I did carry the camera this morning...to have something for my blog... but seems every picture turned out fuzzy,



even this cherry tree, which surprised me by blooming this spring. This is one of the fruit trees that the roots had grown through the pot and into the ground up at the teeny tiny garden. I had no idea it would survive after chopping the root loose then digging a hole, and setting it out near the ditch in the back yard.

Hope things around here will soon be back to normal. Shelby is probably hoping the same thing as Monday will be the fourth week in a row that she has spent an entire day carting me around.

Thank you for lending an ear and for not deleting  just yet. :)

Love,
Henny







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  1. I think I'd fear the MRI more than the injection, hate enclosed spaces. Backs can be such a bugger.

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  2. My friend, I understand your dilemma. I've not had an MRI but I know it can feel a bit claustrophobic. Some companies have open MRIs that aren't like a tube but have an open area so you don't feel so confined. Courage, my friend. When it's over, you may have some answers. I'll be praying.

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    1. Thank you for the encouraging words Melanie.

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  3. Oh, Henny! Prayers for the MRI. I want a pink wheelbarrow!

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    1. Thank you Pom Pom. A pink wheelbarrow would be perfect for you!

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  4. Dearest Henny, my thoughts were with you all day long yesterday, and couldn't wait for you to update us on the doctor's visit.
    I always ask for a facility with an open MRI, heck it's hard enough being confined to a closed space without back trouble.
    Wishing you pain-free days ahead !
    Eli loves your goats....and they love him..lol
    ~Jo

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    1. I appreciate that Jo. After reading your comment, I called the MRI place. She said their's are open end, doughnut shaped. I sure hope that's right. Made me feel a little better anyway. Hope you ankle is healing.

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    2. Yes, if they are open-end then it's better than a closed unit.
      I always close my eyes and think of a beach somewhere :)
      I'll be thinking of you Henny ....
      Ankle is coming along, still non-weight bearing, two months and counting, but I'm strong as an ox in the upper body !.
      Hugs,
      ~Jo

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  5. I understand your trepidation re both the MRI and the injection (of cortisone I guess). But needs must and just keep thinking about how good it will be to be able to move around normally again!

    I know we all will be thinking good thoughts about you on Monday and that surely will help.

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    1. Thank you Vic. It is a steroid shot that the doctor said would stop the pain and help the swelling go down. I am just about willing for anything right now.

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  6. Keep us posted. Sending lots of prayers and hugs.
    I love the pink wheelbarrow!!
    Carla

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    1. Thank you Carla. I will. You need a pink wheelbarrow. :)

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  7. Thanks for the update. Sending good thoughts your way. Love all the photos!

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  8. Sending you a big hug and praying that all goes well. Eli as always made me smile.

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    1. Thank you. I sure appreciate all the prayers.

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  9. Dear Henny I think its natural to have a fear of the MRI, its feeling enclosed i guess a trapped feeling. My dad had one and he feared it but once he realised you can hear the doctors and nurses talking to you he said he lost the fear. I agree with Vic bring on the injection as this is going to make you feel very normal again and you can get back doing the tasks you love.
    I will keep you in my prayers, remember the power of prayer :) Be kind to yourself this weekend. God Bless x

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    1. Thank you so much. You are right about the power of prayer. I appreciate the prayers of you friends.

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  10. Eli looks enormous next to the goats.
    I wish you had gotten better news at the doctor. I had a herniated disk that was coaxed back into place through physical therapy. The relief was worth it! I hope all goes well with the MRI Monday and the doctor knows just what to do.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia. This doctor wants me to go to physical therapy too. I'll be glad when this MRI is over and we know more.

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  11. Just what I had a few years ago - herniated disc. I spent an entire week flat on my back.
    Don't let that MRI and injection get you down. You will feel better eventually, I promise you.
    (That's the coolest wheelbarrow I've ever seen!)

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    1. Thank you Marty. I am amazed at how many suffer with back problems. My regular doctor that I saw first told me to lie flat on my back for four days. I did try, but could not see any improvement.

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  12. I had an MRI, but did not have a shot with it. Hubby has shots for his back all the time. They put him out for that and I drive him home.
    Hope you feel better soon! God bless. ♥

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    1. Thank you Lynda. I guess the shot will come later, after the MRI, when the doctor can see for sure what the problem is.

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  13. That little cherry tree is a real survivor. : )
    Praying all goes well at the doctors Monday.

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  14. Glad you got a chuckle from Jake's singing! I think it is good that you are getting the MRI, think of it as a means to the end, don't fear it. Hope they come up with a plan for you after having it done. I'm glad you updated, because there is nothing worse than being left hanging after knowing that you were seeing the doctor on Wed. I was sure wondering what the doc had said! Take it easy though, and all the best! Cherry trees are blooming here, as well as plums and pears. We have had 'summer' this week and everything is growing madly!

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    1. Thank you Karen. I've looked at that little video of Jake again and I showed it to Dan. Thank you for the encouraging words. Right now I would do about anything to make my back well again. I told the doctor that I have a garden to plant, that I have got to get better. :)

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  15. Henny, my thoughts and prayers will be with you on Monday as you have your MRI. I'm sure it will go fine and enable your doctors to see just what is going on with all your terrible pain. Know that I'll be keeping you in prayer though. So relax and try to breathe easy and it will be over before you know it!

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate the prayers.

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  16. I have had the MRI with the injection you will be fine cant feel anything like a prick in the finger when sewing that's all . I do like that pink wheelbarrow . Hope all goes well with the tests and they can help you get back to normal . Thanks for sharing , have a good weekend !

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    1. That is encouraging. Thank you so much.

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  17. I'm so glad you are up-dating us as you find out more about what exactly is wrong with your back.
    Hopefully Monday will provide answers. I'm not sure if I had an MRI or a CT scan but it was not scary. Only hard to keep absolutely still for however long it took. Take care, GM

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    1. Thank you. I imagine laying perfectly still for 30 minutes will be hard, especially with mt back hurting. I really want this pain to go away.

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  18. I hope you get some answers soon, it seems you have suffered enough. It will be ok the MRI and the shot just wiggle your toes and think good thoughts. Yeah for Shelby, I bet she loves spending time with you! :)

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    1. Thank you. Shelby never acts like she minds and we do get to talk and laugh a little.

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    2. Thank you. Shelby never acts like she minds and we do get to talk and laugh a little.

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  19. I had an MRI a couple of years ago. There was nothing to it, just lying still. It was noisy if I remember correctly. they put headphones on my for one test to keep out the loud noise so I wouldn't be bothered, scared or made to move by it. I think it was the MRI. I've had CT scans, too, but don't believe those were the noisy one. The MRI was not all closed like the original ones. Just think how much better you'll feel when you get the proper diagnosis and treatment. It'll be worth the nerves. I bet you're glad you got that tree planted last year. It sure is pretty and looks like it's healthy. Thanks for the update. I've been checking every so often. We had to drive to KY today so I've been out of touch and was glad to see this when we got to the hotel. Friends care about friends; we want to know how you're doing. And the more people who know, the more prayers that get said and that's a lot of power! Be good and follow doctor's orders so you can get well as fast as possible.

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    1. Thank you Peg. How special to know that you were thinking about me when you got to KY. I appreciate that so much. Shelby was telling me that mama had a MRI several years ago and talked about how noisy it was. I just can't believe how many have said they are praying for me. That really means a lot. I pray too. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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    2. Peg, I just wrote you a long note and lost it?? Anyway, I was saying how special that you were thinking of me when you got to KY. I appreciate that so much. Shelby was telling me that Mama had a MRI several years ago and she talked about how noisy it was. I can't believe how many have said they are praying for me. That makes me feel good. I pray too. I will be so glad when this MRI is over and the doctor can see what is wrong. Hope you are having a good weekend. Thank you Peg.

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  20. You are going through what sounds like my husband is going through. He has had two appointments for shots and I don't think they are that bad according to him so far. We have both had MRI's. I always ask for an open one as I am claustrophobic and it is not usually bad at all. They give you a headset with music to listen to. I hope you will be on the mend soon. Nancy

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    1. Thank you Nancy. Those are encouraging words. Hope your husband feels better too. I will always have more sympathy for those suffering back pain, after going through this myself.

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  21. Hope you will get your back cleared up soon. It's always something isn't it? Your pink wheelbarrow is adorable.

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    1. Hey Sharon. It really is always something...especially the older we get. You need a pink wheelbarrow. Thank you.

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  22. You are in the process of getting answers. That's a good thing.
    Love the pink wheelbarrow.

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    1. Thank you Linda. You are right about that! Hope I soon feel like pushing that pink wheelbarrow. :)

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  23. I can truly sympathize with you as I put my back out this week as well. Too many heavy stones last weekend, and then I tried to move my stove. Not smart - I'm in terrible pain now. I'm surviving on Advil....and a little vodka in the evening helps as well, I guess it's a muscle relaxer! I've had a MRI in the past, it's not fun and you'll have a hard time lying still with your sore back - but it's a necessary evil at this point so you can eventually get relief. So sorry for you, sweet friend.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I am sorry to hear that you've hurt your back. My whole life I have worked hard and moved things that I should have left for my husband to do. My Mother used to warn me that one day I would regret not being careful. I always wanted to prove that I could do it all! :) Sure hope your back get well quick. Advil is great. I can't take Advil because of the Meloxicam I take for arthritis.

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  24. Dear Henny, I see from the comments that many have recommended you request an open MRI: I was going to recommend the same. The hardest part is laying on the table, on your back, because the table is hard.
    I wish you well. I didn't listen about the hard lifting & at 48 yrs. old had to have surgery. Now it's possible to have cortisone injections that can be very helpful. Good luck. I love your blog and your style of writing--feel like I've been to your Teeny Tiny home. Sandy in the mtns. of So. California.

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    1. Saundra, thank you for the nice comment. I figured that table I would have to lie on would be hard as a rock. I had no idea how many have been through this, so surely I can do it too. You were young to have back surgery. Hope your back has been good since. Thank you for reading my blog...way over in the mountains of So. California. That's really neat.

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  25. Oh, I bet Shelby is so happy to be near enough to cart you around!

    I just hope they can do something to help you...

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    1. Thank you. Shelby really acts like she doesn't mind. She always volunteers before I even asks. She has always been like that. Always doing for other people.

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  26. Prayers your back to heal. I am sure Aunt Shelby does not mind one bit taking you places and helping you out. You are her little sister you know. I love you to the moon and back. I wish I lived nearer and was able to help you out. Love you

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    1. Thank you Vicki. Shelby is that way, isn't she. Always helping somebody. I will be glad when this MRI is over. You know me...scared of everything, like grandma was. :) Love you Vicki.

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  27. Goats and wheelbarrows! Always a hoot, LOL. Great shots.

    Hang in there Henny. Soon you will be sorted out and better. You have a bunch of folks out here in blogland rooting for you.

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    1. Thank you Leigh. I never knew goats could be such fun until we brought this baby home. She is rotten and into everything! I sure enjoyed reading about your surprise baby.

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  28. I am the queen of MRI's. If you're fearful of "the tube" you can get something to relax you. I had a barrage of MRI's back in '04 for a brain tumor. I never like taking drugs but I had no problem saying OK to something to quiet my nerves.

    I want a pink wheelbarrow!!

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  29. I so enjoy your pictures and critter tales. Good and healing thoughts are sent to you!

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  30. Sending prayers and love your way, Henny! Love ya, Terry

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