I have a confession to make. The reason I haven’t been posting much the last few months is that I am having a rough time with this arthritis in my left hip.
Remember a while back when I posted the story about how the bone tumor in my left leg was found? It was caught VERY early because I am so tuned in to how my body feels that the onset of the tumor was enough to trigger severe pain and keep me from walking on the leg.
So, imagine being that sensitive, and living with actual problems that have shown up on x-ray and MRI tests for a couple of years. Ok, those problems wouldn’t normally bother even me so much, but for the last 3 months we’ve had rain or storms in this area every day – except 4. I’ve counted. Sometimes they are east of us, as far away as Springfield, Missouri. Sometimes they are south of us as far as Tulsa, Oklahoma. Well, you get the idea. Keep drawing a circle – Broken Arrow, OK, Chanute, KS, Ft. Scott, KS, Nevada, MO. Any storm that has yellow and red coloring on the Weather.com radar image and is as close as any of those places will cause me enough discomfort that I can’t sleep.
Here is what the VA said about my hip when I (finally!) got the results of an MRI that was done at the beginning of this month:
1. Mild degenerative changes in the left hip joint.
2. Minimal inflammation involving the proximal vastus lateralis
and gluteus maximus muscles adjacent to the greater trochanter.
3. Mild cellulitis in the subcutaneous fat overlying the lateral
4. Subcortical lesion in the posterior left femoral head is
stable in size back to May 2012 CT with signal characteristics
suggestive of a small enchondroma. Consider followup MRI in one
year to insure stability.
See – according to them, even though there are 4 problems going on in the same hip, they are all mild and merit only being monitored. But, as I said before – my sensitivity is such that these are interfering with my sleep.
And that is my real problem. I’m down to only sleeping about 1.5 to 3 hours at a time. Add to that this – I absolutely can’t sleep at night because the heat has been so bad during the day that I am forced to do laundry at night, and only 1 or 2 loads per night. As I’m writing this, it is just past 0500 (5:00 am) here – and the temperature is 79F degrees with a heat index of 83F. The sun hasn’t even started to come up yet.
I don’t know how much longer I’m going to be thinking clearly enough to do these blogs, so this is a head’s up. I’m going to pre-schedule as many Saturday Posts as my WordPress account will let me, and then hope for the best. But, to keep from sounding like a broken record, I won’t keep updating you all the time about how bad the weather is or how my arthritis feels.