May 04, 2008


Quick Note To Stay In Touch

Yeah, I know. I haven't been in touch much at all lately. My apologies to all. I really try to avoid being a big "woe-is-me" whiner on this blog. When things are difficult, I tend to just stay quiet here. But, then I feel like I'm neglecting things...and people.

So much has been going on lately I don't know where to begin. My son is going to therapy twice a week. We haven't started to see much progress yet. Well, none, actually so far. It's hard to be patient. I think I've talked both my husband and my son into doing some family counselling around this as well. We're all involved, right?

I had a confrontation with my therapist and we had a bit of a therapeutic impasse going for a while. I think we can get through it...around it...over it, but it will take a lot of work. Since she's the only expert in dissociative disorders around here, I'm highly motivated to make it work. We've just both got to do the work, that's all. She did get an outside consultation about our situation. I appreciated her effort and caring in doing so. I'll update about that later.

Probably the thing that is affecting my blogging the most lately is this diagnosis I recently got of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. As some of you know, I've had this problem of my arms falling asleep for years. The doctor I consulted in Illinois years ago wanted to do surgery. I said, "No thanks, bye bye."

Now, I'm going to a D.O. who is a neuromusculoskeletal specialist. He's been helping my husband avoid a second back surgery and I thought he could help me as well. Unfortunately, I have a very difficult time using the mouse with my computer lately. I get this weird, "pins and needles" sensation and my arm and right hand go really numb and cold. I apologize for not getting around to blogs much lately. I have my second appointment with this D.O. this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me, will ya? Thanks! Thinking of you all!

I had a very similar problem years ago. My physical therapist suggested switching my mouse to my left hand and using it that way. I did that - it took awhile to get used to it. However, now I'm more proficient on my mouse in my left hand, than with my right (you don't have to buy a left-handed mouse, just switch hands and set the computer to switch the function buttoms).

It helped SO SO much. Thought I'd throw this out so you could ask your therapist and see if it would help.
Oh hey, a new blog post!

I'll sure be thinking of you as you go to your doctor appointment. Boy, it's always something, isn't it?

Please keep in touch!
feel better, and good luck!
I'm rooting for you!
thanks for sharing what is going on for you. I am sure you will start seeing progress with your son. In my experience when I was teaching is that it seems to not work for a time and then all of a sudden its like a light bulb goes off and you see the benefits.

As for you and your therapists there are great benefits to sticking it out and working out the impasse. I know you can do this :)

I hope your arm starts getting better soon

take care
You are in my thoughts.
will keep you in our prayers and hope the DO can help you!! sometimes going around and hitting the blogs has to be lowered in rank of need to do so have no worries there. just do what you need to do to get to feeling better!

peace and blessings

Thanks, guys! Your thoughtful comments have made my day. ((((((safe hugs to all))))))
thanks for the update and good luck with your son
a question
Thanks, JIP!

Clanberries: I'll go see what the question is right now.
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