Pain Won’t Make My Decisions!!

 

Sorry it’s been such a long stretch between posts but things have been busy and there hasn’t been a lot of time to write a new post. In making up for that here are a few more from my “frosty morning” series! I’ve been dealing with a few more symptoms as of late from my CRPS but the implants are doing the job they are suppose to do in minimizing the pain that can be caused as a result of those other symptoms. I’m on a real learning curve at the moment figuring out what I can and can’t do. There are days where I am still reminded that I can only go so far, my body letting me know that the pain is still there but controlled to a certain point.

In this last month after all my surgery I have seen an increase in my mobility. I’m receiving from around 50% to 60% pain relief in my affected leg, and about 30% to 40% relief in my affected hand and arm. Clearly things aren’t perfect but I’ll take the results that I’m getting! I could be receiving no relief at all so I’m very happy with where things are at for the moment. If you were to ask me where I’m seeing the biggest results I would have to say that it’s in my ability to walk better than before. I’m able to go further with less pain and don’t have to use my cane. I am only able to push so hard before my body says enough!

 

 

The pain for the most part is better controlled but I still have flare ups that can slow me down. In my opinion the implants are doing exactly what they are suppose to be doing at the moment in giving me a better quality of life. There are still certain symptoms from the surgery that are affecting me however for the most part they are very minor and aren’t bothering me like they were before.

Over the last few weeks I’ve been trying to deal with getting my Etsy shop set up and I wasn’t expecting to have to do so much waiting to get the site up and running. I’m still waiting for my business license to come through before I can get things going which I’m now being told could be 2 to 4 weeks. So frustrating!! In the meantime however I’m moving forward with different plans that I have for my business and getting things set up. Last week a huge opportunity was dropped in my lap in being able to take part in this years Cathedral Arts Festival with a friend. The festival happens every year and is a very big event in our city. So I only have a few months to prepare about twenty to thirty photos for the event, where my photos will be showcased!

I’m trying to keep how much I do under control and not push things to hard, however I’m still reminded that I need to recover from the surgery as well as manage my CRPS. On Wednesday I meet with a local organization SILC that helps people with disabilities in starting up their businesses. So they will help me in drawing up my business plan and inΒ  dealing with various aspects of the business. As you can tell I’m not got to let my disability stop me from doing what I want to do. It’s about taking baby steps in getting to where I want to go, and I’m not about to let something called CRPS stand in my way!

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I’m married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family!

In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn’t fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it!

As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

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5 Responses to Pain Won’t Make My Decisions!!

  1. casey says:

    oh my that first picture is simply stunning and the branches on the left add such a lovely feel to the composition. GREAT capture! So thankful for the little morsels of progress with walking and with the pain but, I do know that it is still a daily battle. I can’t relate through personal experience but, as I said before every time I read your posts I think of my husband as he uses all the same words, flare ups, percentages etc. to describe his day to day life. I am always blessed by your efforts to keep a positive attitude amidst great challenges. God bless you in that and I pray he continually gives you more progress and healing! That art festival display sounds awesome!! Take pics of your display and share them with us! πŸ™‚

  2. lisa says:

    Ross, it is wonderful that you are feeling somewhat better, and that you can see improvement. Do listen to your body, and don’t be pushing yourself too hard, although after all you’ve been through, I am sure that’s easier said than done.

    A very, very big congratulations on being a part of the arts festival. This is so truly well-deserved.

    I will surely still be seeing you here!

    lisa.

  3. Tara says:

    gorgeous picture!!

    And I am so glad that you are getting some pain relief! And your perspective on it is great!!

  4. Amy says:

    So much activity! Praise God that you have less pain and can do so much. Let us know when you get your Etsy shop up and going. Good luck with the festival πŸ˜€

  5. Liz says:

    Congratulations Ross! That’s a great opportunity. I am glad to hear your pain has reduced somewhat. πŸ™‚
    I need to listen to my body more. We spent this last week moving house and I did way too much, pushed my body beyond it’s limits… I am headstrong and was determined NOT to feel like I had a disability. I am paying for it now and my specialist isn’t too happy – my leg is incredibly painful and my arms (which seemed to be well controlled) are burning, tingling and have shooting pains again. I guess my biggest problem is pride? I didn’t want to feel useless during the move and so I created a HUGE problem. I am having one of those weeks – self pity & wishing for what I don’t have.

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