dhamphir (dhamphir) wrote,

The State of Me...

It's been a very long time since I've posted with any regularity – a couple of years. I didn't mean to become absent, it just sort of happened.

As many of you know, I suffer from severe persistent migraines. A couple of years ago, my migraines got to the point that they made being on the computer unbearable for any length of time. So I limited most of my screen time to my kindle, which meant doing nothing more than checking email and just the most rudimentary of web surfing. It also meant not making any icons or doing any meaningful writing. I got into quite a funk for a while because of it, which lasted for longer than I care to admit, and even caused some damage to some personal relationships that matter a lot to me.

Then last year, I began falling. Well, to be honest, I began falling more frequently – much too frequently. I've been using a cane for years due to a bad knee that will eventually have to be replaced. And normally, with the cane, I was able to stabilize myself. Anyway, I went to the doctor and after a number of tests, including CAT scans and MRIs, I was diagnosed with motor neuropathy. So now, a pair of forearm crutches replace my cane a large portion of the time. Fortunately, while on my crutches, I've not fallen once. Unfortunately, my crutches will eventually have to be replaced by a walker, though I have no idea when that will be. It very well may be many years from now.

Despite all of that, 2018 has actually been my roughest recent year. On Saturday, May 26th, I passed out. I thought it was due to the heat. Due to how terrible I felt and the excessive weakness I was experiencing, I called a friend when I came to who took me to the ER. While in the ER, I was diagnosed with a case of rhabdomyolysis. It was a surprise diagnosis for the doctors since I didn't have the typical markers in all my labs, and I was not dehydrated – a major cause of rhabdomyolysis. Anyway, I was admitted to the hospital for five days.

Eight weeks later, on the morning of Saturday, July 21st, I sat down on my front steps to go through my mail. When I was done, I couldn't get up because I was too weak. Fearing a reoccurrence of the rhabdo, I again called my friend who took me back to the ER. I didn't have rhabdo, but the doctors at the hospital did think it was semi related and that I was in need of physical therapy – in-patient physical therapy.

The first step in getting that therapy, was admitting me to the hospital. I was in the hospital for five day again. Once they were done treating my symptoms, I was transferred to a skilled nursing facility and rehab center – also called SNIF for short. I spent Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday morning at the SNIF. However, something was not going right at that facility because they would not, or could not, provide all of my daily prescriptions. So I called my insurance company and they approved a transfer to a different SNIF.

Fortunately, things went much smoother at the second SNIF. I was there for two weeks and received both physical and occupational therapy. Although, in my opinion, there really wasn't much difference between the two. *lol* So, after two stays in the hospital and a stay in a SNIF, it's been a little challenging this year. But, I'm doing better, and still doing PT exercises at home.

And now, I'm trying to complete NaNo. I have no idea what I'll end up with since I'm not really focusing on one particular story, but just taking the time and effort to write is satisfying. I miss it. I did NaNo last year, but ended up basically trashing everything I'd written. Oh, well. The point of NaNo is to write, not necessarily to write well. ;-)

Anyway, that is what has been up with me for the last couple of years. I'm not posting this to complain, merely to update my friends, especially the ones I've not done well at keeping in touch with. I am going to try to do better about posting, and hopefully won't be so absent in the future.

And now I'm off to go vote!


This entry was originally posted at https://dhamphir.dreamwidth.org/275524.html.
Tags: real life
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