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February 2010

2/22/10 February 22, 2010
February 22, 2010

I'm sorry I've been gone so long.  My life has been kind of hectic on a number of fronts.  My in-laws are getting more settled in their apartment.  We still haven't gone through all the boxes at our house.  I've been pushing them around looking for boxes that were supposed to go to their apartment.  I found a few, but more are missing.

I've also been up to my eyeballs in paperwork.  I've got a court case coming up in June.  I can't share the details as of yet, but I sure could use prayer about it.  It is a really ugly situation.  In the meantime I have documents to produce, depositions to attend, and phone calls to make.

My husband is retiring in June and we've been making sure that is the right decision and are needing to finish paperwork to make sure everything goes smoothly.

My back has been hurting again so it takes me extra long to get things done.  This month I finally went for an epidural steroid shot.  It helped, but I am hoping the next two quench the muscle spasms that take me to my knees.

It's weird.  Doctors seem to think that back pain isn't very important.  I' was told by my orthopedist's office that my pain isn't as bad as other people's when I asked why it took so long to get an appointment.

I changed orthopedists because of that attitude.  My new orthopedist wasn't interested in examining me or doing any x-rays or tests when I told him that my back was getting worse.  The pain was running all the way down my leg instead of stopping at my knees.

My chiropractor asked him if he'd get some x-rays done so my chiropractor would know better how to help me.  The orthopedist wanted to know if I wanted to have surgery.  I told him that I was trying to avoid it.  He told me he didn't do x-rays unless he was going to do surgery.  He told me, "I'm an orthopedic SURGEON, that's what I do!"

Sigh.  I guess that unless I am broken, bleeding, or want surgery he isn't interested in helping me.  He did refer me for the shots.  Big deal.  I'm going to find out if my regular doctor can do that so I can save a trip to Dr. I-Don't-Care.

I shouldn't have waited so long to start the approval process for another shot in my back.  I don't want any more shots than I actually need, but it takes about two months after I see the doctor to actually get the shot.

So, the solution to that is, figure out ahead of time when my back is going to start hurting and call to make the appointment to see the doctor.  I had waited until my back began to have muscle spasms again but that wasn't soon enough.  Confusing.

I got to take a vacation for a couple of days.  My husband was asked if he'd coach the high school wrestling team for a week.  The school fired the regular coach.  They needed someone to take over for the playoffs.

So, my husband had to drive the team to Oxnard and I got to go along.  While he was at the wrestling I got to stay in the hotel room.

I really needed a break.  Like I said, I've been up to my ears in paperwork.  The things that I am dealing with are highly emotional and drain me completely.  I had to get away from them.

So, I turned my brain off to those things and just relaxed.  It was refreshing.  I need a day like that every once in a while to keep me sane.
I started a daily devotional based on the Oswald Chambers book, My Utmost for His Highest at the Clarion Call's Facebook page on the Discussions tab.  The first day will be for March 1st.  Go take a look and see if you'd be interested in participating.  You can share your insight, feelings, ideas, emotions, etc. about each day's devotional.
Link to the 2/22/10 Bible study.

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