It may not be December yet, but I already know my New Year's Resolution. I want to be off my walker and only need a cane by December 31, 2016. This would be a big deal to me, not only making it easier to go places, but my self-esteem would really go up. I usually am fine with my looks (I like my face, but not by stomach), but using a walker in my mid-thirties is a huge blow to my self-esteem. I really hope that I can fulfill this resolution. I have fulfilled New Year's Resolutions before, so I'm pretty sure I can stick with this. I'll never be able to get rid of my EDS or bipolar, but I can make my EDS less painful. I believe that I can do this goal. I'm going to try to blog more, so I can keep you updated on my progress.
I took a nap earlier and can't seem to wake up all the way from it. I keep nodding off. When I napped on the couch Niki crawled on top of me and slept on me. It was the cutest, sweetest thing!
Katya and Mommy
My pain levels have been bearable the last few days, which I'm very, very thankful for. I haven't had a dislocation in quite awhile; that's another thing I'm thankful for. I got an Icy Hot TENS unit. TENS stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, it sends small electrical currents out that result in pain relief. It's used on the back, for back pain relief. You can get TENS units from the doctor, but this one DH got me at the grocery store. I'm not sure if prescription ones help more or not, but so far the Icy Hot one is doing well. The biggest draw backs so far are that I can't wear a bra and wear the TENS unit on my upper back, it's really hard to turn it on or change levels when it's in certain areas of my back because you have to push the buttons hard. The biggest issue I see, though, is that battery life is really short. The first day I used it was the day before yesterday afternoon, and by evening the next day it needed a new battery. DH bought a few of them from Dollar General. I haven't used my TENS unit today, because my upper back is where I need it the most and I want to wear a bra. I'm going to ask my rheumy next appointment if she can prescribe one. It said if you put it on your neck it can cause your throat to swell shut, and if you put it on your chest it can cause a fatal heart murmur. That doesn't sound like much fun, so I'll stick to my back.