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{July 9, 2012}   Nice, Relaxing Day

I spent a few hours poolside today, reading a book and taking a dip every once in awhile. It was nice, I was all by myself. No stress, no anxiety, no one to please but myself. Believe it or not, I find it more difficult to please myself than to please other people. It always feels like I should be doing something productive rather than catering to myself and my needs. I have a little bit of a pink hue, compliments of the sun and water, and the cross of my necklace left a nice white shadow in the center of my chest.

I had fluid withdrawn from my shoulder joint last Monday (a week ago today) and I got four injections of cortisone in that joint. I was in a lot of pain for the first three days after the procedure, but once the “bruised” feeling went away my shoulder felt great. And it still does. I have almost full range of motion without any pain. I first noticed this when I was laying in bed and I reached to pull the covers over me and I didn’t jump out of my skin in pain. 🙂

I should probably add that I was actually able to get some sleep last night. Sleep makes a HUGE difference in mood and functionality.

Now an update on my brother who had his appendices out last Monday:

His girlfriend had to take him back to the emergency room Saturday night because he was vomiting green bile, in a lot of pain and on the brink of fainting. The doctor admitted him for the night and did all kinds of blood tests and cultures. He’s been in the hospital since Saturday night and they just go the results of the labs and cultures back this morning. His appendices were bad for awhile and had leaked E Coli into his stomach cavity, causing his small intestine and colon to become inflamed and irritated. They now have him on intravenous antibiotics and he will continue to stay at the hospital for the next four to five days minimum.

It’s incredibly hard for me to see my big brother, who’s always been the strong one, laid up in a hospital bed hooked up to all kinds of machines. I can just imagine how it feels for him to be there. Praying for a speedy recovery and that everything turns out well for him.



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