This has been the one year in my life that has had the most consistent influx, almost a tangible flow, of challenges...Beginning with the fall in January flat onto my vertebrae, followed 10 days later by the loud POP in my knee, tearing a meniscus; a lumbar nerve causing severe anterior thigh pain/sciatica with a totally numb leg (below the knee) and finishing with a Cervical issue that has given me strong shoulder and arm pain at the very end of the year. 2012 has given me more direct acute pain than I have had to deal with for a long, long time.
|Regions of the cerebral cortex associated with pain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
My checklist for the past year looked a bit like this:
1. Find answer to right knee injured in January.
2. Find a competent Orthopedist to diagnose and treat said injury.
3. Drastically lower pain medications for my chronic spinal pain.
4. Find and secure a reputable and holistic pain management doctor/center.
And the outcomes:
1. Achieved a proper diagnosis for knee injury.
2. Found a fantastic, competent Orthopedist.
3. Reduced short-acting opiate intake for pain by 80% and completely stopped the long-acting medication!!
4. Appointment secured for return to a Pain Center (and the Doctors) who have treated me successfully in the past, and whom I trust.
Then there are the Miracles:
1. Given a great place to live when things looked down.
2. Endured a huge opiate decrease, and total cessation of the long-acting one, alone, with no physician guidance.
And I save the best for last......also filed under miracle:
Unexpectedly reunited with my boyfriend from High School, and 38 years later, we are back in each others arms. Both of us consider this a true miracle, the Lord's master plan in the largest of pictures, for as he put it, "It's like a Treasure Chest that has been locked up for 38 years, you brought the key and once the lid blew off, there was no stopping this." He is my friend-- a man I have always loved to be around, who makes me laugh more than anyone ever before. The comments from our long-time friends have made us both break down in tears of disbelief- at the utter depth of their love, of true friendship, of such deep caring that a person they love is truly happy in life, being who they are, and accepted for exactly that.
For this unexpected, beautiful miracle in my life, I will be forever grateful.
Gentle Hugs....all through 2013