Tuesday, December 23, 2014


It has been 2 months since I have blogged and what a 2 months it has been.  I was suffering from back pain spreading into the legs and buttocks for awhile when we first came down to Florida late Oct.  Since then it became worse and I started on a series of tests, x-rays, scans, therapy and finally an MRI which showed 2 things causing the pain.  One is a cyst on my L3-5 spine area and the other a protruding and degenerated disk at L5-SI - both things pressing on nerves which cause the pain.  I am on pain pills and an exercise program to help alleviate it.  Next are shots in the 2 areas to see if that works. This will not happen until I return to Florida.

Next I was shopping in an area about 15 miles from Mount Dora and luckily Harv. was with me as he was going to get a haircut and then we were having lunch.  After coming out of the store I almost collapsed and was having a TIA.  I felt the numbness in my tongue, arm and leg but got in the van and told Harv.  He immediately took me to the nearest hospital.  By the time we arrived and they got me inside it had resolved itself.  A very small blood clot must have caused it.  They took every test imaginineable and could not find any cause for it. Also there was no lasting damage.I spent overnight there then they released me the second night.  Nothing to do but take a baby aspirin a day.  I feel fine and hope this is the end of it.

We also lost Harv's youngest sister Beth in Toronto in early December.  She was ill and taken to the hospital.  She was just there for 3 weeks and they determined she had Lymphoma cancer and before they could start treatment she passed away.  Her body was so weakened.  We were all in shock.

My daughter phoned me last Sunday night and informed me she had had a colonoscopy and they had found a small mass (oxymoron ?) that showed benign on the biopsy but has to be removed.  She is going in for surgery Mon. Dec. 29th to have it removed.  We immediately booked air tickets and flew home 2 days ago.  We will be with all the family for Christmas and also here for Sue and will stay a few weeks while she recovers.

All in all this is why I haven't been blogging.  I have been working on my hexies and have about 30 done. Working on them has kept me sane. When I return to Florida I will take pics and post them for you to see.

Merry Christmas to all my dear cyber friends wherever you are and hope you are able to enjoy your families and good friends at this time of year.



Createology said...

Freda Dear you have truly had a rough time. Life is so uncertain and reminds us to live every day to the fullest. Thankfully you have family, friends and hexies. Blessings with Peace, Health and Joy for all of 2015...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh goodness...You have had a few tough months. Glad your TIA resolved it's self and your daughters mass is benign....Enjoy the time with your family

Merry Christmas


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Freda, enough is enough! Hope your luck will turn a corner now. My husband had a TIA a few years ago. His was caused by working in the heat but discovered he has high blood pressure so it was a good that it was brought to light. At least you had your stitching to keep your mind busy...another blessing.
Best wishes for the holidays and time spent with your family.
xx, Carol

Gina E. said...

Oh Freda, you have been to hell and back - no wonder you haven't been blogging! I do hope by today (Christmas day over there) everything has resolved itself and you can relax with your loved ones and enjoy the day.
Thank you for your good wishes on my blog.

Maggi said...

What a dreadful lead up to Christmas for your Freda. I';m glad that you were well enough to be able to spend time with your family.

Pat Winter Gatherings said...

Hi Freda,
I am so sorry to hear of the loss and illness you are experiencing. I do hope your back pain subsides. That is so frustrating. Stay warm down there and be happy you aren't in Chicago! Brrrrrr.
Take care of yourself.

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