I apologize for missing in action the last few days, but two "life happens" came together to create a crazy-busy week for me.
My big sis, who has degenerative lumbar discs, suffered an acute attack of sciatica which knocked her down (quite literally, once). The past week and a half has been filled with drugs, injections, doctor visits, and one emergency room visit. Her kiddos and I have been helping her get around to the docs, fixing meals, running errands, etc.
If you have never had any kind of nerve-related pain, count yourself very lucky. As a veteran of four back fusion surgeries (a story for another time), I know full well that nerve pain is the worst pain I ever had, worse than the surgeries themselves. My family lost the genetic roulette game for good backs. I think all of us have back pain of one kind or another, and I got the worst of it with a very crooked spine thanks to scoliosis.
But I find that going through a health crisis myself is easier than watching someone I love suffer, knowing there's little I can do to relieve the pain. Right now, we're awaiting one more appointment for my sister with another doctor, and I hope that will be the one to give us some definite treatment answers. I can't stand to watch her suffer anymore. Here's my favorite photo of my big sis as a little girl - that's my mom directly behind her, the others are aunts and uncles. Sad to think my mom and all these aunts and uncles have passed away.
Finally, I intended to have a very special post for Breast Cancer Awareness month. It's going to be a little late, but I will post it in the next few days, and it will have a special offer for my blog readers.
Have a great weekend!