Bring on the Dancing Elves
It’s going to be a busy week.
How was the last week of November for you, my odd friends? I’ll update you on ours, but first, I would like to point out that until 2019 arrives, my brain IS Will Ferrell as a happy little elf, perpetually running through that door. Before we get to doctor recaps and all of that fun stuff, let’s have a look at what’s on the calendar so far for the rest of this year.
We are starting out the busy month of December with our cute little dancing elves participating in a local parade today. It’s supposed to rain/storm all morning, heading into the afternoon, so this should be fun. Monday we head to therapy — physical for both Ali and myself, and Occupational for her. Followed by a trip to the Chiropractor.
Tuesday is our last co-op class of the year, where the kids will attempt to finish building the bench they started last week. Wednesday brings another round of therapy and then gymnastics for my oldest daughter. Thursday starts with a quick ballet/tap class to keep working on the Christmas recital dances, then the little elves head back out for the next parade.
Friday I need to attempt to buy the milk and bread that hasn’t already been cleared off the shelves (we are supposed to get snow Saturday and Sunday, and every time the people here clear out the grocery stores like a zombie invasion is coming.) We have an hour of dance that evening before settling in to enjoy the first snow of the season.
The next week includes our two days of therapy, gymnastics, a dress rehearsal for the Christmas show, my Mom arrives for a two-week visit, the elves walk their third and final parade, and we top it all off with their first dance recital, the Christmas show.
As for the rest of the month, I would like to say it will be all rest, relaxation and enjoying the holidays, but therapy, gymnastics, and trips to the chiropractor are still on the schedule. I also have the joy of going for my EMG/NCS appointment and saying goodbye to mom until the next visit. Mostly though, I’ll be busy having a mini breakdown while sobbing over old pictures, as my baby boy will be turning 16!
Somewhere in there, I need to order tan tights, finish washing Mt. Laundry, start wrapping Christmas presents, schedule another chiropractor appointment, make it to Richmond so Ali’s blood-work can be done for her genetic testing, and remember to get the giant Santa and snowman inflatables in the yard before the little has more to add to her “Mom ruined Christmas” list. :::::breath:::::
Last week’s Doctor Updates
Now that we’ve got the chaos of December out of the way, let’s talk about last week. First up, Ali’s cardiologists' appointment. The good, they didn’t have to draw more blood, and the echo-cardiogram showed a healthy heart with no issues. The bad, they have no clue why she has been having the chest pains. At this point, the likely culprit is anxiety, which is a hard pill to swallow since the episodes have happened with no triggers while she’s relaxed and calm. On the bright side, the NP was fantastic, and much of our hour and a half appointment was spent talking, and she offered to refer both Ali and me to any specialist we would like to see at UVA hospital.
I made it through my MRI Wednesday without having a panic attack! I usually need a sedative, but I had to drive myself and a trip to happy half-asleep town wasn’t an option. I am happy to tell you though that MRI’s today are MUCH quicker than they were when I had my last one before Facebook was a thing. I may have counted back from 10 while thinking happy thoughts, but I made it. The radiologist let me look at the pics before I left, and my C1 is pushing into the spinal cord. I’m not sure if that what is causing all of the pain, but it certainly didn’t look right. I won’t know anything for sure though until I go back to the neurologist at the end of January.
Lastly, while not a doctor, I would like to point out the physical therapist kicked my ass this past week. She has been great about modifying my exercises (for my knees and ankles) so that they don’t hurt my hips and back. Upon realizing that, while laying on my back, with knees bent, I could lift my but off the table my with no pain, she decided to kick it up a notch. My new exercise requires that I lift one leg off the table and then lift my butt up. You want to feel you did squats for an hour, do this exercise for five to ten minutes! She made muscles scream that I hadn’t even realized were that out of shape.
If I haven’t collapsed from exhaustion, or curled into a ball of anxiety from having to drive on icy/snowy roads, I’ll be back next week.