Trying To Cope!

Hi again! It’s been a while since my last post but things in my parts have been crazy and there hasn’t been a lot of time for writing. The saga continues as we try and slowly rebuild our basement. Things in the insurance world don’t seem to move very fast,  and it makes for a lot of frustration as I try and get the work moving forward! We have now been without our basement for a month and a half and we are just now getting to the point of rebuild. Throw in the stress of another surgery coming up and my pain levels have increased more than I’d like. Yes! Last week I saw my neurosurgeon and now I’m on the wait list for surgery!

The last several months I’ve been having a lot of problems with pain in the region of where my battery has been internalized in my back. So the plan is to remove the implant and move it to my front where hopefully it will work out better. The implant itself has been working but it’s just been the placement that has been a real problem. It’s gotten to the point however that I can’t take the pain anymore. I have a really high pain tolerance but a person can only take so much before you have to say enough already.  So I’ve been praying for a quick surgery date to get it taken care of. In a funny kind of way all the stuff going on in my basement is a good distraction while I wait.

There has been little or no time lately to get out to take any pictures which I really miss! Then again with all the snow we have at the moment it isn’t very easy to get around to all the areas I like to photograph. I can hardly wait for spring and the melting to happen. Two more months and we should be in the clear! Maybe even earlier if spring decides to break early. Winters are long in my area and I’m tired of all the snow and extreme cold. My pain doesn’t like it either, and so it’s time for a little warmth. Right about now is when I wish I was on that tropical island not having to worry about dressing in several layers of clothing. Although the last few days have been pretty warm and some of the snow has melted off.

When the seasons are starting to change like they are, those of us that deal with CRPS are reminded just how bad the pain can be! The swings in temperatures are hard on our bodies and can cause real sudden changes in our pain levels. It’s just something we have to deal with! Having my implants helps with controlling my pain but it doesn’t mean I don’t have my days where the pain gets out of control. Today I’m fighting to hold things together. It’s clearly one of those days where I just can’t put together what I want to say, so I’m going to stop here and regroup for a day or two. Once things calm down a bit I’ll be back ready to push forward and put my thoughts to paper!


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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 and a half 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.

3 Responses to Trying To Cope!

  1. lisa says:

    Sending prayers your way for quick surgery date, Ross, and hoping that the change in location will make a very big difference for you.

    Hold onto your wonderful spirit, my friend.

  2. Barb says:

    Hi Ross, so sorry you are having such a hard time… I am finding the winter long too – but luckily for me it doesn’t cause me physical pain. Hope you start to feel better soon.

  3. Pamela says:

    I’m with you in the pain today. Just put a call into my massage therapist for an extra appointment. Winter is hard and I’m looking forward to spring. I hope your basement project moves more quickly in the following weeks.

    Blessings, Pamela

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