Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Continued Prayers Asked For Bluejay

Continued Prayers Asked For Bluejay

Good morning from the mountain where it is now 26 BELOW ZERO! yikes..... uhmmm, that is also without the wind chill factor which puts us at about 36 below

I apologize that this is a "carbon-copy" message but I have had to get it typed over many hours...and one tiny bit of time out of bed at a time.

We both thank you for your continued prayers. There are some very good answers to prayers coming here in terms of getting some work in the door here to pay bills. Sadly, the medical bills are way over $100,000 and still rising. (you can bet your britches that if I am finally able to get back to work again, health care will be a MAJOR battle I will be on for sure!!!)

We got some upsetting news this past week that we both are very fearful about. My recent X-rays show that my spine is in a total state of collapse. The thoracic spine has gotten so collapsed and has many bone growths now protruding out into the spinal canal. (explains the horrific pain I am still dealing with each day and loss of use for both of my arms and hands) The lower spine has now collapsed into an "S" shape which has placed a great deal of pressure on the lower spine. The docs have had to increase my pain meds up so high that the monitoring of it is critical. I am supposed to get in and see the neurosurgeon for follow-up to the surgery I just had but also, he now has to review what to expect with the latest news on the damage to my entire spine. I can't even get an appointment with the pain specialist until April so I don't know what I am going to be doing until then. One day at a time and one breath at a time is all I can manage. Thank heavens my sweet hubby is able to work from home so he can help care for me.

The recent rheumatologist appointment documented that I have lost at least 1/3 of my total hair volume and have increased auto-immune activity following surgery including new areas of rheumatoid hitting in both feet and ankles. This rheumatologist also studied at the Mayo clinic just like my neurosurgeon so I know I am in good hands with their care at least.

Anyway, enough on that. I got a beautiful gift during the Thanksgiving break as my son was able to come visit me here for the first time in 3 years! Was such a wonderful gift to have my son here all to myself for a few days! Now, during Christmas break, my daughter is coming home too. Wonderful gifts indeed!

Ok, I have typed on and on and now have to go back to the bed. Please know how incredibly grateful Bear and I are for each prayer and for your continued love towards us. I wish I could type more to you....perhaps now that they are bumping up pain meds BIG TIME, I can finally sit here longer than a few minutes at a time.
much love to you, and all of you are in my every prayer.

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