Friday, August 13, 2010

Progress

After 2 months of being in severe pain, I am finally getting some relief. At the highest dosage one can take of my medicine, I can finally do some things I haven't been able to do in a while...like clean my own house and pick up my cats. Heck, I even opened a soup can yesterday without wincing in pain. I went and got a second opinion with my regular doctor, and he agrees with me that something is definitely going on that needs some more looking into. He believes I have some type of Collagen Vascular Disease (Sjogren's, Lupus, ect.) that is doing this to my nerves and causing a variety of other symptoms. So, I am headed to the Mayo Clinic next month for a nerve biopsy and 2 days of testing.
I have still found that being on the computer (the typing and the mouse) for extended periods will lead to pain, so I am limiting that. I believe that my painting style, which was very tightly rendered, will be taking a big turn in another direction. I am going to focus on abstract mixed media paintings. This week, I've been making my own mixed media papers to use in collages, just to get into the swing of things, and test what I can do as far as my pain level is concerned. I have not gotten back to jewelry making yet, but if and when that happens, it will also take a new direction. Right now, I am proceeding slowly, and just being grateful that I finally have some relief, and may get some answers in the near future as to what is going on in my body.
Thanks for checking in! I hope to share some new work with you next week!

3 comments:

Miss Val's Creations said...

I can't even imagine what you are going through. It sounds like you are strong and can handle this. Hopefully your creative ventures help to ease the pain a little!
Take care, Val

Jill said...

I am so sorry that you are going through this, but I am so happy that there is some relief and help coming! You are such a great artist and I can't wait to keep checking back to see how you are doing!!

Rickie said...

Lori, I've been awol for awhile and so sad to hear what a difficult time you've been having with your health. Prayers coming your way for a speedy diagnosis and relief very, very soon. HUGS!