I would really like you to know a little bit about me. I am a married mother of 2 beautiful boys; David and Mason. I'm an RN and I've always been a very busy person, go, go, go; working on my MSN, working as a Nurse Manager in a very busy teaching hospital in a very busy critical care setting where I succeeded as a recognized RN, helping my husband manage both his businesses as a very busy Electrical Contractor and owner of a Forestry business and taking care of my family ... of course, I always found time to read in there :o] I have many friends, all of them dear to my heart and family that I wouldn’t trade for the world. I was very fortunate, you see?
Things changed for me drastically in the spring almost 4 years ago. I went from the Kristi you read about above to a mere shell of the vibrant beautiful woman I was, I have an illness, it's a pretty serious and fairly rare Central Nervous System disease called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSDS), Generalized Dystonia, and Fibromyalgia. It happened virtually overnight. The pain can be overwhelming and medications really don't touch it since it's neurological. - I was in an extreme depression-the first 1.5 years I went through absolute hell trying every invasive procedure, every medication (no matter the horrid side effects), physical therapy, acupuncture-let’s just say, I’ve done it all, I’ve been to 3 major teaching hospitals, pain clinics, etc… none of which could help me---One thing about me is that I've done yoga, primarily ashtanga and hatha, for years, so I’ve learned to breathe for relaxation and for yoga but it was something very difficult to grasp when in pain.
This is where my love of Kailin Gow’s books and my adoration of her come in. Read my post on Kailin Gow, Kristi and the Phenomenon of Pain Relief.
I’m sorry I haven’t posted the full step by step yet but I have received more bad news. I have advanced Pernicious Anemia with the lowest blood level of B-12 they’ve ever seen at 152 and also a very low Folic acid level along with the requisite gastritis. I’m receiving B-12 shots but the advanced stage of the disease itself can be difficult to manage. Along with that I have also found out that my RSDS has developed into something more, I have no pulses in my feet, they are freezing cold and alternating between bluish purple and white and Wednesday, March 3 I am having 2 separate MRI’s along with a CT-Angiogram.
I have been bed ridden the past 3 months getting progressively worse; today I couldn’t even walk to the bathroom and I lost my vision. I was so scared because nothing like that has ever happened before. So, yeah, something’s up but it won’t affect my blogging or my reading. Yes, I saw black for about an hour and had to beg my family not to call an ambulance but I think it was a side effect of some new medications.
Honestly, without Book blogging, reading and reviews, my life would become meaningless again. So, I need all of you, you see? You’re all very important to me and I value your opinion. Reading and reviewing is something I will never give up. No matter what.