Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dining Room Table & Back Issues

I finally put together a Fall arrangement for my dining room table.
Of course it has sunflowers!  
The sunshine is pouring through the bay window on this gorgeous day.

The off white sunflowers I purchased at Joann's a few months ago and I love them.  I bought all they had at the time.  I would love to have more.

I am so slow this year with my decorating!  

I've had back pain for years.  I did so much lifting with Amber over the years and wish I could again for many more years.   I have always tried to live with the pain. When I was at the beach in August it became worse.   Several weeks ago I went for an MRI and I have a herniated disc in my lower back :(  At least now I know why so much pain!  I had a steroid injection a couple of weeks ago but with little relief.  I am scheduled for another one on Monday.  I am trying to avoid surgery!  The last time I had surgery in 2001 I woke up three weeks later on a ventilator. See why I am hesitant? 
It has been all over the news this week about meningitis cases from people having had the same injections in other states.  Thank goodness here in Alabama no cases have been reported!  But it does make me wonder how safe they really are and if I should  have surgery.   I just want to wait until after the holidays.  So if I am slow at responding to your comments it's because I have taken something for pain and I am loopy!

Thanks as always for visiting!


Miriam said...

Sorry to hear you are in so much pain Donna.
I'm glad you now now the cause, but I do hope the doctors can find a way to help you without the surgery.
Take care.

Marilyn said...

Pain of any kind is not good, but back pain must be the worst. Everything is such an effort when you don't feel good. Take care of yourself. Maybe that pretty arrangement will make you smile when you look at it.♥♫

Ellen in Oregon said...

Sorry to hear about your back pain. I worked as a rehabilitation counselor for many years and had hundreds of clients with herniated disc's and I was not as empathetic as I should have been until I was in a car accident and ended up with several herniated discs in my neck and low back. From all the research I have read & and the surgical results I saw in my clients as well as my own surgery I have concluded that one should try all other reasonal treatments before considering surgery. I have been seeing a Pain Management specialist for 12 years and there are many treatments that can mimimize the pain and increase your ability to function. It might be helpful to have your Primary Care MD to refer you to such a specialist for an evaluation/consultation and see what they would recommend. I know how this chronic type of pain can affect your quality of life. I found swimming really helped because it is not weight bearing exercise, but water aerobics allow you to strengthen the muscles of the spine and that can reduce the pain. Pain management doctors have the most knowledge about how to treat back pain and surgery is looked at as a last resort. If you decide this might be helpful for you, make sure you find a specialist who is Board Certified.
Your centerpiece is as beautiful as the rest of your home. The sunflowers are lovely and if I see anymore of the white ones that you love so much I will send you some. I also loved the wagon you filled with flowers & pumpkins - just beautiful.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry you are having to deal with back pain and hope you can get some relief soon. I have had to deal with back pain - not fun. :(
Your Fall arrangement is very pretty. I really like the off white sunflowers.
Take care of yourself.

Mama Pea said...

I can't believe what you are getting done with all the pain you are in. Hugs. Take care of yourself. You know how I feel about this. Wish I was closer.

Susan said...

I suffer with joint problems due to Lupus, but staying busy, yoga and exercise is what I've chosen. I'm like you and very sensitive to medication (I don't even use novacain for dental work)! When I hurt, I remember what one of my rheumatologists said, "listen to your body and slow down!" Easier said than done. Sending you healing love, XOXO

Betty Lou said...

First, your centerpiece is gorgeous, love the white sunflowers, don't think I have seen them before. Second, I am so sorry for your pain, pain at any level is difficult to deal with . Hope you and you doctor will make the decision that is best for you and will give you relief. Until then, I'll keep you in my prayers. Hugs.

Aunt 'Reen said...

Your Table settings look gorgeous Donna! Will keep you in my prayers! I hope you find relief for your back soon. said...

Ouch, Donna! Soooo sorry to hear about your discs! Unfortunately, I can empathize because I reptured one of mine two years ago and the pain was excruciating. Luckily I only had one shot and after a few weeks, all the pain was gone! Sending you prayers that your Monday shot does the trick! On another note...your fall decorations throughtout your home are lovely:)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Beautiful center piece Donna.

I'm so sorry to hear of your back pain. My mother suffered with that for many years.. yoga and swimming several times a week really helped ease her pain and strengthen her back muscles. I hope you find something that works for you.

donna said...

Oh Donna I am so sorry to hear that your back has been hurting you. I pray it gets better for you. Love your fall arrangement. I am thinking you ought to stop by for some decorating lessons.

Creations By Cindy said...

Praying for you sweet lady! And I do love your fall arrangement. Hugs and blessings, Cindy