Before launching into one of his tales, my husband always says,”Stop me if I’ve told you this one before”. Of course you wouldn’t be rude enough to do that. I’m the only one that would. But I do think I have a tendency to hesitate telling you about myself sometimes as if you’ll tire of “that same old story” especially when I’m whining about my body.

I’ve found, however, that some stories are worth telling over and over if it allows for others to give themselves permission to help themselves or feel like they’re not alone. So this is my current story.

I am fighting the good fight next round of finding the right doctors, attending the doctor’s appointments, scheduling procedures, and getting through the procedures. Oy is it a battle! And yet, at the end, I have told myself that I am valuable enough as a human being to take care of.

mending my body on

I have finally gotten another set of bilateral corticosteroid shots to my sacroiliac (SI) joints where the spine, or sacrum, attaches to the hips. I am awaiting a follow-up doctor’s appointment but have not experienced complete pain relief all the time. I can get two more sets of shots before I have to wait 6 more months. If this ceases to be affective, my next choice would be a fusion surgery. We’re hoping that will be unnecessary for a long time.

I am now on a countdown for a sinus surgery that essentially should have been done years ago. It seems that a deviated septum is to blame for my chronic sinusitis and subsequent failure (twice) of the antibiotic augmentin. So essentially, I am having my nose roto-routered. It’s kinda hard not to be anticipatory of this sort of thing. And being unable to take Ibuprofen ten days prior to the surgery is messing with me as my SI joint responds best to that medication.

mending my body on

What I’d like to say is that, “It is what it is until it isn’t anymore”. And soon this will all be a nightmare. In other words, I’ve got my sights set to the future and the Fall when my fall allergies won’t create yet another sinus infection. And I can go running outside again. These are respectable goals.

I hope that me telling you all of this, you can see that taking care of whatever ails or hurts you is such a big deal in feeling like a whole happy person. You’d never deny a child the medical treatment they would need so why do adults do it all the time to themselves?

Follow the breadcrumbs to your wellness.

Anyone have something their putting off taking care of?

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  1. Sweet Shalagh, I am so sorry for your sinus issues, my friend has had the same issue and she went to take care of it and she is so happy she did. No sinus infections. I hope that you have relief soon. Thank you for sharing your pain, it is good to hear that I and others are not alone. Even though it feels very isolating. I have the same issues with my SI, it is for me a secondary problem from surgery years ago. I may have already mentioned that to you. Stop me if you have heard this one:) I hope that you again get relief from the injections. Chronic pain ain’t for sissies. Keep up the fight my dear!

    • Wow and thank you for your encouragement and support. I’m following the breadcrumbs to my health. Want people to see how that works! Need to find out from nose doctor when I’ll be able to have the next round of shots because I was reminded I can do three rounds before I need to wait 6 months. And since I’d let it go so long, I’m hoping two might do it. There’s always something more. I have a prescription for acupuncture which is a wonderful pain management technique. My doctor also said a surgeon in her practice recommends Boswellia Serrata as an natural anti-inflammatory. So being in process brings hope. So does kind words. Thank you Allie!

      • Allison Andersen Reply

        I wish you all the best! Thank you again for sharing your story. Also thanks for the tip on Boswellia Serrata, I’m going to research it some more.
        Good health my friend!

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