Friday, May 13, 2011

ODDS and ENDS

This a painting based on one I saw in my doctor's office recently.  I really liked the original but almost messed up my copy.  Couldn't get the blue sky soft and smooth enough:


I suppose I ought to try again, but I'm not much on do overs.

Went yesterday for a yearly check-up with my neurologist who after a number of tests last year, diagnosed me with neuropathy.  I thought this would be a quick O. K. thing, but I was wrong!  Now he has diagnosed what I thought was vertigo as vestibular neuropathy -- has to do with the eyes and brain.  So now I have to go through more tests -- another MRI of the brain (Yes, I need that!) a BAER test and an ENG, all to do with hearing, I think, although I have exceptionally good hearing.  I suspect he's looking for evidence of a brain tumor and won't tell me.  This is the 2nd MRI I've had in 18 months.  My other neuropathy(in the legs and feet) seems to be progressing.  He stuck me with a pin from my feet to my knees, until I could feel it.  I couldn't feel it until it got to my knees.
All this happened after I have just had three pain free days from my fibromyalgia, (without any medication) and I was thinking I was getting to be normal again.  (Whatever normal is.)

10 comments:

Wanda said...

Oh Chris, so sorry to hear of all these new tests and issues.

I do remember Erma Bombeck saying the "Normal" is a setting on the dryer. HaHa..are any of us "Normal".

I just got a letter today that it's time to schedule my mammogram again.. Where does the time go?

Your painting is really nice...makes me miss the ocean.

AutumnLeaves said...

I confess to sitting here and wondering how you got those sheers so sheer, especially over the dark walls? Lovely job on this, Chris! I too am sorry to hear of the new diagnosis and ongoing tests. And the pin thing just doesn't like fun at all. I hope and pray that they find nothing amiss as the tests are completed. As to the fibro...I have no idea what a pain free day is like. Something is always hurting. I'm so used to it (I don't take any meds any longer as I just didn't feel like they did anything for me. And the potential side effects were too negative to feel the trade-off was worth it. Lost the rheumatologist because he believes in drug treatment and just upping doses if it didn't work. I ask how an anti-depressant can help body aches?) Oh I could rant on and on...

MorningAJ said...

It sounds very scary. I hate all the tests they do to me because of my medical history.

I don't know what to say except good luck. I really hope all's well after the tests. <<>>

*Honest Abe said...

Do you have sugar?

snafu said...

Poor you, it sounds very unpleasant and never heartening to know you need more tests. The only consolation is that more tests may lead to a better understanding and more satisfactory treatment. I hope that turns out to be the case.

ChrisJ said...

Abe: Do you mean do I have diabetes? The answer is no. Thank goodness.
TO all:
Please don't feel sorry for me. The tests are not too much trouble, just irritating to have all those appointments. Not to mention expensive. (I think that's what's the most irritating thing!)Right now I'm supposed to go to two different physical therapists. One for the fibromyalgia pain and the other for the dizziness. Well one of them has got to give. Can't afford both.

Morning's Minion said...

Like your other readers, I'm sorry to hear of complications. I can testify that having fibromyalgia is enough to manage, without other conditions. I have a cousin with severe neuropathy, in his case, accompanied by diabetes.
I have those moments when pain discourages me, then I remember to be thankful for the things I can still do and for the many interests that live offers.
I'm glad that you continue to paint and share your work with your blog friends.

Rowan said...

Hope the tests are soon over and all come back positive - or negative depending on what a good result is:) - and that your pain free days continue.

Diane said...

Hi Chris, so glad you stopped by - great to meet you. Sorry to hear that you are a "bit badly" as we would say in my neck of the woods. Hope you recover quickly. My friend has just bought a cottage in Flamborough. She and her hubby are Police people in West Yorkshire and when they retire, they will sell their home in Wakefield and live in Flamborough full time - they spend as much time as possible there at the mo.
xxxx

Dartford Warbler said...

I do hope that your next run of tests has some positive news Chris, and that your symptoms will soon improve. Fybromyalgia is enough to cope with, without further problems. Sending lots of good wishes your way.