Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Catch-Up

I'm happy to say I'm a lot more mobile than last time I checked in here- thanks to everyone who sent good wishes and /or helpful suggestions for treating  and coping with a spasm-ing back. I think my favourite suggestion was to use satin bedding and lingerie to be able to move more easily in bed when in pain! It makes good sense if you've expeienced being unable to turn over in bed and certainly handy once you've recuperated. I'm getting a CT scan as an early Christmas present tonight and I've also found a great accupuncturist and have booked  myself for regular yoga in January. I'm hoping to either get a diagnosis to fix what caused this or simply get on a path to prevent whatever it was in the first place.

On a happier note-

I was especially happy to pack a little pillow to cope with insensitive restaurant chairs and get out to meet up with some creative friends for a Christmas lunch and an annual gift swap- this year I received a pendant  by my pal Wanda Shum- isn't it gorgeous? If you are in the Victoria BC area Wanda will be teaching a millifiori clsss at Island Blue on March 18th.


  1. Hi Gera. Gorgeous pendant -- I thought it was one that you had made and I was ready to head over to Etsy! Sorry to hear you are still suffering with your back. I had my first surgery when I was 16 and have had several others since then. My only advice is to hold off surgery as long as you can. They say that most will cure themselves in 3-6 months. Sounds dreadful but the longer in life you can go without surgery the better you are. A surgically altered back, like anything else, is weaker and has a tendency to have bigger problems because it is then more apt that surgery will be required to fix. I always tell people you will know when you can no longer stand it because you will no longer be able to do anything you want to do. That is my wisdom from many years of personal experience. Feel better and have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Hi Gera,
    So sorry to hear about your back problems. After two years of fighting kidney stones I seized up my back something fierce. I finally went to a clinic and said I needed cortesone injections to ease the muscle pain. I am a complete wimps about needles but with no relief I was willing to try anything. I was surprised that they really didn't hurt. The nice trade off was that it eased up the muscles enough for the chiropractor to be able to get some movement into my locked hips and back. I now have a hope of traveling without too much pain ( a 10 hour flight to London is a doozy). Having the cortesone mixed with lidocane helps with easing the treatment. All the best and a pain free Christmas and New Year. hugs, Deb Groom

  3. Hugs and wishes for recuperation! Deb was fortunate with her cortisone shot, mine all were dreadfully painful. I now go to a PT who also does acupuncture and she uses a Chinese method in moving scar tissue. This has brought me some great relief. Her advice to me is not to seek Chiropractic help, but mainly because I have had surgery. Some treatments help some people while some don't and vica versa...different strokes for different folks. Check out the ActiPatch Bio Electronics! (Canadian Product approved by Health Canada and Dr. Oz, lol)


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