If I gaze deep into your eyes and say, "I wanna neck"
Sorry, it probably won't mean what you think it means.
It means, "Ouch! I literally want a new neck!
This arthritis and aging shite is the worst!"
I'm still in a lot of physical pain. I had to break up with my Nurse Practitioner, but I got a new one. My Care Coordinator once again proved she is made of awesome!
Today was the last appointment with my therapist before she goes on to her new job. I was determined not to cry, but I teared up, then she teared up and then I had to grab a fist full of tissue. I was the very first client she had at NAHC so I've been with her the longest. I guess it feels good that she's going to miss me too.
I came home to find a birthday card from Libby which was really nice. I'm going to wait to open it. I fed the kitties, scooped their "toilets," took a shower and pondered what vegetable will go in my ramen noodles tonight. When I parked my car, I had to walk by the pizza place which was torture. When was the last time I had pizza? I reminded myself that Leaning Tower's pizza is overpriced and it's good but not great, but that doesn't stop it from smelling really good! Seriously, I think it's been over a year since I had a slice of pizza. That is sad.
I'm not entirely sure yet, but I think I have Friday off. I kinda want to go somewhere or do a thing but I am just too broke. I may just hermit the heck out of my birthday. I have no idea how I will be feeling or what my emotional state will be. It's a mystery. I do wish my birthday could be in some other month when I might have money and not be reminded of sad anniversaries but there it is sitting there like a big pile of poo on the same date each year.
If I Won The Lottery...
I would immediately make appointments for stem cell therapy and get some relief for the osteoarthritis that plagues my knees and my neck! Medicare/Medicaid will cover most of the $50K of knee replacement surgery only when it gets to the point that I can't walk and there's nothing else to do. They will cover a few physical therapy appointments which won't solve the issue. But they won't cover any of the approximately $500-$800 for stem cell therapy which has shown great effectiveness so far! It's absolutely crazy!
So yeah, I'd go straight from the bank to the specialist and then I'd be helping a whole lot of people out with a spring in my step!
There's also one that replaces the missing knee cartilage with a silicone gel! For the stem cell therapy they grow the stem cells from your own fat and inject it. They have found that a small dose is most effective and when they first started they were doing multiple injections. Now, one is usually enough. The therapy has been available for about 7 years but insurance still considers it experimental. Almost all patients get some notable degree of lasting relief and many are able to return to regular activity pain free.
James Balog, the photographer who has been documenting climate change by time lapse photographing glaciers destroyed his knees. He had it done successfully and even talks about it in, Chasing Ice. If you haven't seen Chasing Ice, by the way, you should! He had injections back in 2010 when they were just starting to do the procedure here in the US. Back then they cost 4-5K a pop. He's still going strong.