Chillin’ With The Wednesday Hodgepodge…

Summer is still raging here, and I’m spending most of my time in the air conditioned comfort of my home.  Days like these are good for reading, watching a movie, or taking a nap!  They are also good for participating in The Hodgepodge, which you can do by clicking on the button at the top of this post, and answering the questions.  As always, thanks to our hostess, Joyce, for keeping this fun meme alive!

1. Is your home air conditioned? If it’s not air conditioned, is that by choice? Did you grow up with air conditioning? If not how did you cope with the heat? Share about a time or place you remember as being too hot-the temperature kind of hot, lest anyone be confused.

Yes, our home is air conditioned, by choice.  These days, I’m not sure we could survive the heat and humidity, here in the south, without air conditioning.  It was 99 degrees, yesterday, and the humidity levels have been in the 90’s, as well.  Miserable!

While I was growing up, folks didn’t always have air conditioning in their homes.  In fact, for the first few weeks of marriage, Ed and I didn’t have air conditioning in our first home, either.  Praise the Lord, his parents had a spare window [air conditioning] unit that they gave us!

My most vivid memories, of being too hot, is trying to sleep at night without any air conditioning!  We always kept box fans in the bedroom windows, but those usually blew warm air until the wee hours of the morning. By the time it finally got cool enough to actually sleep, it was time to get up!  I won’t even talk about how hot it was in the kitchen…

 2. What’s something in your life right now that falls under the heading ‘up in the air’?
My health. (See Random)

3. Your favorite light and airy dessert?

I don’t know if it qualifies as “light and airy”, but I’m going to say Strawberry Shortcake because we use angel food cake to make ours.

4. When did you last feel like you were ‘floating on air’?

I’m going to say it was when our last grandchild, Evan, was born.  He was the grandchild we thought we’d never have (because his mom is a cancer survivor with no cervix and only one ovary), then we feared he was going to be born with Cystic Fibrosis when prenatal testing showed both parents to be carriers of the disease.  Today, Evan is a happy, healthy little boy who will be two in October, and doesn’t even carry the gene for Cystic Fibrosis!


Evan shows off his new haircut

5. Airport, airmail, airtight, airhead…which have you most recently encountered? Explain.

Airtight, when I opened a jar of green beans that I canned.

6.  Have you ever been to the Alps? If so where did you go? If not, is this a destination on your must-see list? If you were headed that direction this summer, which of the following would be your preferred activity…a gentle walk, a serious walk, a bike ride, a boat ride around one of the lakes, or summer snow skiing?

I’ve never been to the Alps, nor do I have any plans to go.  If I happened to go there, a boat ride around one of the lakes sounds most appealing to me.

7. What is one saying or phrase that was considered ‘cool’ when you were growing up?

I grew up in the late 60’s and early 70’s, so there were many.  “Peace” was used a lot, back then, as was “Can you dig it?”, and “Groovy”.  My personal favorites were “Bad scene” and “Cool your jets”.  Ha!  Just typing those phrases takes me back to my teen years.


So, yesterday was the day of my long-awaited doctor’s appointment with the neurologist.  The wait to see him was 2 1/2 hours long, while sitting on the most uncomfortable furniture in the world. If a person didn’t have back issues before they arrived, they would after they left!

He told me this:  Your MRI shows two troubled areas, the L 2-3 and the L 4-5.  This presents a problem.  Your symptoms suggest your problem is coming from L 4-5, but L 2-3 is the disc that’s actually herniated.  I can do microscopic surgery, but I need to be sure which disc to target because there’s no room to “look around” in this kind of surgery, which is basically done through a tube.  He told me if I was in a lot of pain and really wanted the surgery done, he would do it, but if he was me, he wouldn’t have surgery, at this point.

We decided I’d try some physical therapy and give the sciatic nerve a little more time to heal on its own. Yesterday, my leg strength and reflexes were good, and the painful spasms have subsided, for now.(Because I just finished a second round of Prednisone two days ago.) Some numbness in the lower leg still persists, but, at least it’s not the entire leg, like before.

If the pain/numbness gets worse, or the spasms start again, I’m supposed to call his office and schedule another appointment to discuss my next option, which would be steroid injections in the spine or microscopic surgery.  (I may have to learn to live with a certain amount of back pain.)  Your prayers for continued healing would be most appreciated.

One thing I’ve learned though this ordeal is that back surgery isn’t a ‘cure all’.  Some patients get better, while others don’t.  I met one lady, yesterday, who’d had 13 back surgeries and a hip replacement! She was younger than me, and walked with a cane, but she was smiling.  She’d recently had a permanent pain pump implanted, to help deal with her pain, and was there for a checkup.  I felt extremely blessed after meeting this lady.  She was a great reminder [to me] that things could always be worse.


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  1. My recommendation to you is to avoid back surgery at all costs if you can. I have known a few people who have had it and it’s not been good for them. I have problems with sciatica and the injections usually help for awhile! Then it comes back. I’ve learned to live with it. Sitting in a doctor’s office ‘cooling your jets’ always makes me crazy. Why can’t they ever be on time?? Have a good week!

  2. 2 1/2 hours? That is ridiculous and I hope the doc had a good reason. I know sometimes our doctor spends more time with us than she should and I tell her to tell the next patient waiting how we appreciate it. I’m so sorry for your pain and pray that the prescribed treatments will help you without having surgery.
    Your Evan is precious and what a blessing he is to you all.

  3. Evan is adorable!

    Praying your back pain will leave for good.

  4. Praying your back will get better. I know back pain is no fun. Praise God for little Evan. He is so cute!

  5. What a blessing and miracle Evan is to you and your family. Keeping you in my prayers and praying the therapy will help.

  6. Prayers that you get relief from your back pain.


  7. I hope you manage to get your back pain sorted out. I know what it’s like to have long term pain issues and it can be totally miserable at times can’t it? And your grandson is gorgeous!

  8. I don’t know if my comments are showing up, week after week, because of the stupid WordPress. Please let me know if you get this. I’ve been visiting and reading and commenting. 🙂

  9. I’m so sorry about your back pain. Having it from time to time us enough to bake me aporeciate what chronic back pain must be. I hope PT helps but will pray for a miracle. Your grandson is a testament to god’s power to do miracles!!

    • Sorry for all the typos. Ugh. Thus phone!

  10. I have always heard that back surgery should always be the last resort. I hope the therapy will give you relief. The steroid shots would probably help too. Please keep us posted! I enjoyed your Hodgepodge answers.

  11. I am so sorry for your back woes. I would be very reluctant to have back surgery primarily for the reasons you mentioned. Grandchildren are such a blessing and Evan is doubly so being free of the CF gene. May God look with favor on our prayers on your behalf.

  12. I think Strawberry Shortcake qualifies! It’s one of my favorites! Your grandson is adorable. I will still tell my kids to “Cool their jets!” when they need to hear it! 🙂

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