Friday, May 20, 2016

From Pain To Gain

Ziggy

Something wonderful has happened. The crippling pain in my hands, and subsequently my wrists, seems to be subsiding. But let me back up a bit. Last  April 22nd, I dutifully visited the Orthopedic doctor to address this problem. He listened to the ailments. Then after many more questions, and hmmm’s and uh huh’s, Doc diagnosed the pain as “Lesion of left ulnar nerve with trigger finger”. Fancy words, huh? This resulted in two very freakin' painful cortisone shots in the palm of said left hand though! Which resulted in me whimpering quietly out of the office with both wrists encased in large black braces, trying to act like an adult and therefore keep what’s left of my dignity intact. Also, on the advice of a former blogging colleague who is a retired Nurse, I’ve also began taking an over-the-counter vitamin called Turmeric (i.e. Saffron pills). Well, it’s taken several weeks of rest but I think there’s a breakthrough. I’m actually typing this missive without having to stop and hold the left wrist in agony. And that includes using this goofy laptop with the broken “s” key that slows me down to a crawl. Who knew so many words have an “s” in them?! Oy.

Hey, look, there's a cute elf weeding
in the garden so I don't have to!

Thanks to seasonal rains, the vegetable garden and the flower areas are prospering. So far we’ve already enjoyed many meals of Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Bell Peppers and Red Potatoes. The Tomatoes are a disappointment, but, I can live with it. Oh, and we now have a herb garden consisting of Basil, Cilantro, Dill, and Rosemary. I didn't realize that fresh herbs truly are a tasty accompaniment to a meal. We’re not financially rich but, doggone it, we sure eat good.
(Doesn't this little guy look like our Sam III?)

There’s a lot of birthdays in our small circle of friends and family in May. Today is my 60th. Our plans this year are to stay home and have a cookout. Hubby plans to grill juicy Rib Eyes from the local IGA topped with cooked buttered mushrooms. We will also dine on baked Idaho potatoes (gotta smother them in butter and sour cream, don’t ya know) and eat more of those scrumptious fresh squash. He’s also baking a homemade apple pie. *picture me dreamy eyed and drooling* Oh yeah … that’s one of my favorite sweets! I’ll share the loot gifts next post.


Speaking of dogs, the Boys, the Jack Russell Terriorists Jack and Sam III, are both healthy. They’re still actively ‘protecting’ the property from those nefarious bushy tailed intruders. I feel so safe now. *giggle* That first year I thought I'd got run away from home trying to discipline those two cuties but now they've finally turned into two really fine dogs.

For Wrent

Hubby has started making Blue Bird houses. He’s given some away to fellow Sunday School attendees. The nest boxes have become so popular, he’s having a hard time keeping up with requests. I think he’s on a one man quest to reestablish this lovely bird back into our area. Works for me. (As long as he doesn't start tilting at windmills, I won't worry.) They’re one of my favorite local winged creatures, alongside the Carolina Wren (their song sounds so sweet to me). We have several nesting on the property every year. I see God in nature, don’t you?

Preparing for the 200 mile ride to
Valdosta and back.

Now that my wrists have improved, I’m even back to riding more often. The F.A.I.T.H. Riders sponsored a local ride over to the Smoke ‘N Pig again. Their BBQ is worth the trip folks. Afterwards, I was so physically drained, that the whole next day all I wanted to do was rest, but, gosh, it felt good to be back in the saddle.


God is indeed good to honor me with so much answered prayer. He answers ALL prayers, of course, but being able to ride and type again is especially sweet. Anyway, even if the pain returns making surgery necessary, I know He loves me and cares. All He wants in return is our FAITH. Everything else is just icing on the cake.

I’m truly blessed all around. It is indeed good to be back on-line! Whole hearted thank yous for the prayers, kind words, and patiently waiting for my return. May the LORD bless and keep you too.


Mount up! LET'S RIDE!

9 comments:

Mildred said...

Happy, happy birthday!!! I've been praying for you and I am so thrilled to see your post this a.m. What a blessing that you are able to type, ride, etc. again. Just be careful and don't overdo. Love the photo of Steve in the garden...your list of herbs and veggies make me hungry. So happy the "boys" are doing just fine...they are adorable. Your birthday cookout sounds delicious....have a slice of apple pie for me! xoxo

Simply Linda said...

Happy, Happy Birthday friend!!! Wishes for many more!!!! AND what a lovely little elf in the garden {{giggling}} waving to Steve. Y'all look great!!!!! So happy to see you posting...smiles

Ed Bonderenka said...

Happy Birthday!
Seems like you had a lot blogging backed up there. :)
Oh No! Not the trigger finger!
Get a cheap USB keyboard with an "s" on it.

Monkeywrangler said...

Hope your birthday celebration is wonderful! I got ribeye steak for mother's day. My kids have started a "kill" board for the dogs...taking what each one had managed to catch or miss.(warped sense of humor there, eh?) So far, Indy leads the pack with a squirrel, a rabbit and a baby bird.

Monkeywrangler said...

Hope your birthday celebration is wonderful! I got ribeye steak for mother's day. My kids have started a "kill" board for the dogs...taking what each one had managed to catch or miss.(warped sense of humor there, eh?) So far, Indy leads the pack with a squirrel, a rabbit and a baby bird.

Wiregrass Steve said...

Happy Birthday Sweetheart! I am so fortunate to have you as my partner in life.

Patsy said...

Happy Birthday! So glad you are better and back on blog.
Have missed you. Great post--

Jason and Michelle said...

Happy Birhday!
I've missed your posts. I'm glad your hands are feeling better

DaBlade said...

I've been a little scarce but so happy to get this update. Love the garden. Happy belated BDay and glad you're feelin' better!