Time seems to be flying right by, and I see it's been several months since my last post. Again. *sigh*
We made it through the holidays once again, and the kids all seemed to be happy with what Santa brought. As they get older, their lists of "wants" gets more and more expensive. This year, they each got one major gift, then just some small things. Still, with the 4 kids, plus nieces, nephews, neighborhood friends, etc, it is sooooo expensive. I need to try to set a small amount of money aside each week or month to save up just for Christmas. I was so excited by the gift I received from Brian and the kids--a Keurig coffee pot. I'm telling ya, that machine gets used so much, I can't imagine it lasting all that long. The first day I had it, I drank so much coffee that I made myself sick from an overload of caffeine. I still drink tons, but I think my body has gotten used to the constant caffeine influx. The K-cups that go into the machine are not inexpensive, and we have so many different kinds that we have a kitchen drawer that we are using just to hold them all. Even still, there are 4 boxes still sitting on the counter because there isn't enough room in the drawer.
Last week was another visit to the neurologist at the MS center. Brian went along with me again for supoort and to tell the doctor things that I forget to mention. He is such a great supporter, and I am lucky to have him. My major concerns with the whole MS baloney is that the right side of my face keeps going numb, and has been doing so for about a month now. And, everytime I lay down, I get these explosions in my head that are very intense but only last a couple of seconds each time. It's been happening for a few months now, and seems to be increasing in frequency. Sometimes I will lay down for a nap but can't fall asleep because the sensation of explosions happens numerous times. I've been trying to figure out what sets them off, and so far I have only noticed that even the smallest noise around me causes it to happen, but it's only when I'm laying down. I also have two areas that often feel like I have bugs crawling on me. The right side of my head just above my ear, and my left leg, just below my knee. Doc says the numbness of my face and the buggy feeling are "normal". And, get this, he says he has never heard anything like I explained about my head exploding, so he just blew it off. Next MRI will be in May, and the next appointment with him will be in July. I'm not really sure why I even bother to go to the appointments. The best part is I schedule them in the morning, Brian takes the entire day off of work, so we get the rest of the day for shopping, lunch, and just goofing off.
I had a bit of a scare just a few days before Christmas. I all of a sudden got this horrible pain in my lower right stomach area, and within a couple of hours, it was so bad that I could barely walk. I usually just ignore any pain I have since it happens so often, but this couldn't be ignored. I wasn't able to even stand up long enough to make dinner, so Brian ordered pizza. He kept telling me to get my shoes and jacket on so he could take me to the ER, but I refused. I was so scared that it was my appendix and that I would need surgery, that I kept refusing. We (meaning Brian since I couldn't function) got the kids off to bed, and I tried to go to sleep, but my overactive brain kept saying that I was going to die in my sleep. My appendix would rupture and I would "wake up dead". I finally agreed to go to the ER. Got the kids back up, and off we went. My fears went into overdrive, and to keep myself from going insane from being so scared, my body switched to goofy mode. I kept joking with the doctors and nurses, but everytime I laughed, I thought I would die from the pain. They offered me pain meds, but I refused, as I always do. After much testing, including a CT scan which I hate doing because of the radiation, it was found that I had an ovarian cyst, on my right ovary, that ruptured. The fluid had leaked down into the pelvic area which is why there was so much pain. I didn't even know I had a cyst! In retrospect, I have had similar, but not so intense pain in the same area for several months. I usually just ignored it, cause I'm stubborn, and it would go away after a couple of hours. The ER doctor explained that every time I go through a monthly cycle (which I don't notice since my hysterectomy in 2006) the cyst will flare up. No harm unless the pain continues to worsen, then it's buh-bye ovaries. No more surgeries, thank you, so I will deal with the pain should it come back.
I'm still waiting for the divorce to be finalized from my ex so Brian and I can get married. Separation agreement was drawn up in August 2005. Nearly 5 1/2 years that I have been waiting. The ex gave me permission to talk with his attorney so I could hassle them about getting a move on it. In July I was told it was only a matter of another month or two and everything would be final. Now remember, this is an uncontested divorce, so it's quick and easy. No court appearances, no fighting. Just get it done already! I called again in October and the paralegal said it had been filed in their county, then once they received the signed copy back from the judge, then it would be filed in our county, then it would be a done deal. Just a few more weeks she said. I called again at the beginning of December. When she answered I gave my name and said I was checking on the status of the divorce. She let out a long sigh and said "I always hope it isn't you when I answer the phone." What?! Thanks for that, how sweet, you really shouldn't be so happy to hear from me! WTF! She went on to explain that she feels just awful about how long I have been waiting, but that to be totally honest, the attorney hasn't even started the paperwork. Nothing had been filed, etc. It was a lie! I was furious to say the least. I called the ex after I made a few calls myself to find out what I could do about this whack job that calls himself a lawyer. Everything is paid in full, so there is no reason for the delay. The advice I received from a legal firm is for me to not speak with the attorneys office anymore, and make the ex handle everything. So I called him and went off on him about having his attorney turned in to the bar, blah, blah, blah. the ex started calling the attorneys office everyday, a couple of times a day, to drive them crazy to do what needs to be done. A couple of days after he started doing that, they asked him to come in and sign the final paperwork. Yay! Victory! Now everything has been filed, and it should be done by the end of this month. After the amount of time this has taken, I think we should have a party to celebrate! Brian and I haven't set a wedding date yet though because I want to be sure that the divorce is really going to done first.
So, I think that concludes this episode of updating. Be back in a couple of months probably!