New PC Growing Pains

Close-up of real life messy desk in office

Yeah! I love new computers! Ugh… New computer growing pains I can do without!

Every new computer transition has its issues, some are unavoidable, and others…

My new computer has both USB 2 and USB 3 ports. While I was setting up and blithely plugging peripherals into ports, it didn’t dawn on me to be careful where I plugged stuff in. Because apparently, some things aren’t compatible with USB 3. I thought all USB 3 ports were backward compatible, but I guess I was wrong…

Like my marble mouse… It’s not working anymore. On any of my computers. And my headset system. It still works with the desk phone, but will not plug into any of my computers. I’ve changed cords, reset devices where I can, but it still won’t work on USB.

Not even sure what exactly did happen, but it did. Crazy, but I’m getting through.

UPDATE: It wasn’t the USB ports at all, it was a defective USB CD/DVD drive! It caused damage and headaches, but it’s all fixed now. The company where I purchased it replaced it and the marble mice, but not the headset, although they did give me a discount.

Opioid Crisis Hits Home

The medications I was on made it imperative that I not be left alone. But this is what I’ll be forced to go back to now that the government has stepped in and told my doctor how to treat me. It’s not fair, and I’m really angry about it. But, there is only one thing I can do, and that is to stop taking the medications. I shouldn’t be forced to, but I’m very tired of being pigeon-holed into the drug addict category and having to justify why I should be on them. [caption id="attachment_55229" align="alignright" width="300"] Researching Tea[/caption]   I’m an herbalist!  I can and WILL find an alternative that is better for me and has no harsh side effects. I’ve already started researching and experimenting.

And please, before you start talking to me about using marijuana, just don’t. I don’t want to be rude, but, I’m not about to start using something the federal government considers illegal. I’m not about to lose my 2nd Amendment Rights just for using an illegal substance. It’s a whole argument I’m not going into here, just understand that it’s my choice and this is how I feel.  I am currently looking at the CBD oils and salves though.
The first round of testing is underway and showing promising results! Already, after a cup of tea, my pain level is drastically reduced. So, I’m really hoping I’ll be able to find effective pain relief and kiss prescription pain meds goodbye. [caption id="attachment_55228" align="alignleft" width="300"] Tea Trials[/caption]]]>

Back Again

Wow, I have been away a long time! My last post was last year… Guess that’s what happens when you’re depressed and in pain. You just do what you have to do to get by and drop out from the world.

Good news though! I finally found the right series of doctors who referred me to the right doctors who referred me to the right surgeon who knew what it was that was slowly killing my life. YEAH!!!  It is called Acute Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome (ACNES) and in addition to being horrible and miserable and every bad adjective you can think of, it’s also rather rare – which is why it was so hard to do anything but feed narcotics to it.

I had surgery on 5/23 in Johns Hopkins, and my surgeon found that my nerve bundle was adhered to the abdominal wall and mired in scar tissue. No wonder it was so painful!  My surgeon made me feel so peaceful the very first time I met him. Just a wave of hope, peace and positive emotion swept through me as soon as I shook his hand. I’m starting to feel better from the surgery – even with a 6+ inch scar in my abdomen! So far, the chronic pain hasn’t come back although I do feel kind of burning/numbness where I thought I’d only feel numbness. I think (pray) that will pass.

So, I’m starting to come out of the darkness. My despair is lifting and I’m so grateful to God for sending me in the right directions and not letting me give up.

Summer's over and I missed it…

Summer’s over and I missed it… But, there is reason to hope! Because of pain, vertigo, trying new medications, having the Meniere’s disease flare back up and being mostly bedridden, and because I’m too dizzy to do the stairs to my office, and too unstable to get out to do photo excursions or day trips, my summer was taken. The latest new medication is for nerve pain. Its to target the pain from the nerve trapped in my abdominal wall that’s causing all my pain. And its brutal. The side effects I mean. They are awful. But, I’m giving the medicine a few more months to get used to the side effects. The medicine is WORKING!! The pain is lessening!!! Its amazing! I’d get up and do stuff if I was sure I wouldn’t pass out or fall over from vertigo LOL So, between all these changes, I’ve missed the entire summer. I’ve hardly taken a single picture and I think I’ve been on the motorcycle three times. Oh yeah, and my kitchen is still looks like a bomb went off in it… and won’t be finished until pretty much the end of October…  Yup, feeling pretty bummed.    ]]>

Possibilities…..

Its my first experience with gabapentin and I wouldn’t have thought that it could be delivered in this method. My pain clinic local to me never suggested it, and when we asked them why not they were defensive. I think its time to try and find another pain clinic that’s local (reasonably so anyway) and see if they can help me more effectively. A doctor shouldn’t be defensive when you ask them questions. I followup with the Pittsburgh clinic in about a month. Wish me luck!]]>