Finally catching up ...

Howdy, friends. I know it's been awhile since any updates, so here we go!

The trip I was preparing for when I made my first Blogpost to this new website turned out to be the trip of a lifetime, in many ways. It was filled with joyous firsts, and a few quite sorrowful happenings. I came away from the experience with renewed faith in my purpose, and a whole lot of experiences to process. I’m working on the trip report, and plan to post it in the next few weeks.

After summer wrapped up, September and early October were filled with quite a bit of personal dread. Since April, pain and stiffness in my left hand has become slowly and steadily worse.
My doctor tried massage and other non-invasive treatment, with no improvement. In September, I had comprehensive x-rays, and a MRI of my spine and shoulders, with a new doctor. She prepared me for the worst possibility; spinal degradation, with spinal fusion surgery the most likely treatment.

Happily, the results of all the tests were not as dire as feared. I have arthritis in both of my shoulders, and in my neck and upper spine. The pain and stiffness, now affecting both hands and my neck and shoulders, appears to be caused by arthritis causing pressure on my spinal chord.
The immediate treatment for the arthritis was to add naproxen to my meds, and work on referring me to a neurosurgeon for possible surgery. We'll see what they say.

My hand tremors have also increased, so much that I was having real trouble typing, even on a keyboard. The Dr. adjusted my meds upwards, with good results. I'm typing again!

Today I'm fighting a little bug, and trying to prepare for the Santa Rosa Mineral and Gem Society show, this weekend. Here's a link for the show details, and a coupon for $1 off on admission.

My final word is this; I'm not quitting, and I hope to see all of my rockhound friends, on Facebook, here at the new website, at a rock and gem show, or out on a field trip soon!


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