Wednesday, January 20, 2016

January 20th, 2016

Just about every Wednesday has been the same since I was gifted CRPS, it is full of bad things.  It's not the day itself rather it is the condition and the weather that conspire against me.  While 20 degrees isn't cold for January in the Midwest the fact that my left arm feels like it is on fire every moment of the day and cold (and hot) temperatures exasperate the pain.

The pain has migrated about my body infesting my jaw and my back, I think my CRPS is spreading and its really grinding my gears.  I'm going to try to write a little, maybe that will help somewhat.

Pain level: 9 of 10

Friday, March 20, 2015

March 20th, 2015 - Friday

Its been quite some time since I have written anything, on any of my blogs but there is a great reason.  In October I went back to school to try to beat my CRPS into letting me become a human again.  The CRPS isn't amused and I have been in more pain than I could ever hope for.  I'm doing damn well for a 46 year old man in school but it bludgeons me, the CRPS does that is.  I hurt so bad during the days I have to prep for class and for a few days after the pain is still elevated.  I hate it.  Its been a long struggle, over seven years now but I simply won't lose to this stupid thing.

In any case my pain today is around a 9 1/2, with no relief in site.  I'll be walking tomorrow maybe that will help.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday February 19th, 2015

I'm really not feeling the best today.  My pain level has been exacerbated by this freaking cold weather.  I HATE IT!  I feel like I've been hit by a truck and despite the fact my doctor changed one of my meds, OxyCodone, it really is offering little relief.  I took it last night because I was hurting after my class and then a trip to Dubuque (12 short miles away) and it scratched the surface, superficially it could be wiped off with a damp cloth.  Oh well, maybe I'll see if I can write a little today. Pain scale today about a 9 1/2.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26th, 2014 - Sunday

The weather is starting to turn colder and and the days shorter so my days grow more and more painful.  I need my meds today.  Pain scale 9 3/4.  Not much else to write about today.

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24th, 2014 - Friday

For years the words "Thank God It's Friday" have resided the on lips of those that have had a long week, or they just need a day or two off from the hustle and bustle of their lives.  While its true that I have uttered those same words, today, this Friday, is not one of those days.  My neck has decided to flare up again and my arm has been a constant for its level of pain.

I had a fall almost a week ago in which I landed on my arm in which has given way to the fear that I did "crack" or fracture the stupid thing.  It did swell and there was some bruising that was present, and it was my bad arm so I'm not sure if I just aggravated the crap out of it or if it really was broken to some extent.  All I know is that it gave that little extra "special" shot of pain that has exacerbated the whole pain scale.

As for my neck I still believe that the pain that I have in residence there still makes me think that the CRPS has migrated or expanded itself.  I've had those episodes that we all have had whereby it hurts to turn your head and this does have similar symptoms but this has lasted far to long.  I'm not sure what to think any more.

The pain level today is about a 9 - 9 1/2 in the arm and a good 9 1/2 in the neck.  Awesome.  TGIF my rear end.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19th, 2014 - Sunday

Quite the day today.  Despite the fact that the Bears lost and my son called incessantly about printing his homework (just four times in 10 minutes) and our dog paced over and over to the point of his exhaustion as he searched for my Mom's cat to play with, the day was marred with an event that happened the day before.

On Saturday, October 18th, 2014 our daughter had her Senior pictures taken and we had some family pictures taken at the same time.  As the session ended, I had a fall and I stuck my left hand out to break my fall, my bad arm.  I say that I "Humpty Dumpty'd" and that is a pretty safe analogy because I crumbled like an eggshell when I hit the ground.  My wrist is in so much stinking pain right now, I want to cry.  It's swollen, black and blue a little and it throbs like one of those cartoon thumbs that would swell up when it was hit with a hammer.  I have a horrific week ahead and the last thing I needed was this to happen.

Pain scale is damned close to a 10 and my night hasn't gained any relief from the stupid injury.  The EMT in me and my own ability to downgrade injuries of mine are at odds right now.  I need my pain meds, and sleep but my meds keep me awake so...  Sleep is but a mere dream which is ironic if you really think about it.  My neck still hurts, I have to be careful how I turn it and how fast I do so as well.

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10th, 2014

A few days have passed between now and my last post.  Not many changes really, I just hurt.  I'm fighting every day trying to feel better and I added even more on my plate by going back to school.  Its online but that is another dimension to my world.  Its getting colder, frost warning tonight I hear but its not only the cold that affects me, dampness, humidity those are my nemesis's I fear.  The neck is still hurting too.  The problem is that when I turn my head it feels like a screwdriver is against my neck and when its turned I can barely take it.  Pain is remaining at that 9 1/2 realm still.  Awesome.