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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Getting Ready for the Holidays

Posting has slowed down recently and there are a couple reasons for that. The main reason is one I’ve mentioned in passing before: back trouble.
Back trouble, that sounds so like my grandmother. Unfortunately, this is not her Rheumatism so often afflicting her in the Winter. Over the past year I’ve dealt on and off with some pretty severe pain. When I went in for my annual physical in October I made a point of discussing the pain and how it was getting worse with my doctor. He ordered a few X-rays and off I went.
compression_fracture Fast forward to Monday when I went for my next visit. He pulled out the results and consulted them. Three, count ‘em three, fractures in my Thoracic vertebra. A number of nodes in my Lumber vertebra indicating a degenerative process. Decreased intervertebral spaces (read compressed disks) as well. Not a great report but at least we know why I hurt so bad.

So, next step, lots of other tests to figure out why I suddenly have the spine of a 90 year old dune buggy driver. At least I have something for pain now besides OTC Tylenol. Unfortunately, while I feel much better, I want to sleep a LOT when I take it.
With appointments with specialists and other testing over the next couple weeks, I probably won’t be baking much obviously.
However, not to fear, I am still planning to resurrect Mama’s holiday tradition of creating homemade treats for friends, family and, yes, doctors offices. I have a partial list put together of what will go onto the trays or into the tins. As I begin the baking, probably around December 1, I will post photos and recipes here.
In the meantime, please be patient and keep your fingers crossed we can figure out what is going on with my spine and arrest any further degeneration!

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