Wah wah wah . . . wee wee wee!

I cannot believe it's been over a week since I posted. I'm not going to sugar coat it, I've not been feeling too dandy.

Long story short, I've been experiencing some upper back pain located between two vertebrae up near my shoulder blades. After a week I went to the doctor a month ago back when Neil was in China. They gave me motrin and told me to come back if it didn't get better. I wasn't happy with that answer so I talked to my friend who works for a chiropractor, something I had never sought out before. She thought I needed to come in. I did and had x-rays taken. It turns out my spine is not only curved, my neck is extremely curved. You know how a banana curves? Well, that is how a person's neck is suppose to be in it's natural state, at a 45 degree angle. Mine is at a -2. Can you imagine trying to pull back that banana backwards? Yeeks. And that's my neck.

Another long story short, I've suffered unexplained headaches for over 10 years now. I've had CT scans, MRI's, seen 3 neurologists, etc., and no one ever found the cause. It appears the chiropractor did. With my neck beginning to curve the opposite way, my spinal column is also being pushed the opposite way putting lots and lots of pressure in that area probably attributing to my headaches. It was a HUGE blessing in disguise. When he told me this I started to cry because for the first time I had an answer and it was at a time when I wasn't even looking for one. I had totally given up on finding a cure for my headaches. Bad news was, he didn't find anything around those vertebrae causing the pain. I've now started seeing the doctor 3 times a week and I definitely notice change in my neck area. Unfortunately not my back. So last week I went back to my general doctor and he seemed a bit worried this time. He lined me up with a CT scan of my back. I had that done on Thursday. I still haven't gotten those results back yet. I was incredibly worried - so much so that I haven't been myself, I've been on the verge of panic attacks and experienced a really bad migrane (wah wah wah). But I think I've realized this is out my hands. Hopefully today or tomorrow I will find what is wrong. Heck, maybe it's nothing?! But hopefully if it is something, it's treatable. That is why I haven't been around. I haven't had the energy emotionally or mentally to think about my blog. So that's my "wah wah wah" part of this post. I'm done with the "Wah-ing" and ready to move on for the time being. (yay me.)

This is the "wee wee wee" part.

I got two super neat-o packages in the mail last week!!! One from a very dear friend who moved away to MS. Jen sent me the yummiest package of cookies, which she beautifully made herself, as a super sweet surprise.

I think I am the only person she knows other than her mom who looooooves anise cookies. What's anise? You know . . . black licorice?? Mmmmmmmm . . . I can smell it just talking about it. Those yummy-to-my-tummy treats were gone in just 3 days all by myself. Oh my goodness are they the best. Jen and I are two black licorice peas-in-a-pod. We also crave and adore Good-N-Plenty's. Anyone else?!

Then a couple days later I received another box. This time when I picked it up, I really questioned it. "What is this?!" Well, as soon as I opened it up and saw a card inside with the logo of the product on it, I knew just what it was and who it was from. It made my day sparkle. Can you guess?!?!
I then
took out
the paper
inside the box
these 6
very pretty . . . .

{make sure you click on the picture to see what it says because it's been custom-designed and it's just way too cool!}

. . . SHARPIES from my friend, Amanda, my BBBF who sent me these as my winning prize at her (amazingly fabulously awesome) blog for .. . drumroll . . . this is kinda embarrassing . . . being her most commenting commenter! (I'm going into hiding now.) Really, though, it's SUCH an honor!!! I've had such fun at her blog over the past year and all the while I've grown to really known her and we've became the greatest friends, hence the "BBBF" which means Best Blogging Buddies Forever. We have so much alike all the way down to our love for VW's and Converse. Thanks, a, I really love you, friend! (Here is her prize-giving post!)

Lastly, two exciting bits. One is, I signed up Noah for summer t-ball last week! He wasn't so excited at first, but now that's all he talks about. I played softball for 8 years in school and then 2 more years once out of college. I looooove baseball and hope he acquires a love of it just like his mommy. His grandparents absolutely cannot wait to come see him play. It's going to be such a fun summer. I can't wait.

And lastly, I spent a lot of time during my not-myself days last week in back pain putting up pictures on my VWC blog. So check 'em out if you have time . . . there are a lot. And also, I wasn't going to say anything yet, but I might as well. At the end of May I am going to Chicago for a weekend to do shoots with some of my Chicago clients and if there is anyone else interested, let me know! The appointments are filling up quickly. I'm just in awe of the response and feeling really really really excited about it. It's going to be so so much fun shooting in downtown Chicago. It'll be a dream come true for me.

Okay, enough of my notorious rambling. I've missed you all and I hope next time I'm here, it's to give a (positive) back update.


Alexis Jacobs said...

Missed ya girlie! I will be praying for some good test results. ((hugs))

Jennifer said...

Oh Val..Happy to see you posted. Praying for you in TN!:)

lil ole' me..... said...

Val, I had no idea that is what was making you feel bad. I guess I just thought you had the flu like everyone else. I am so glad the dr. was able to give you some kind of answer. Now we'll just pray for recovery!!! :)

And, if I ever get Good n Plenty's, I know who to ship 'em to! :)

Johanna said...

I missed you!! I hope that you are feeling better soon! ps- i also love black licorice. So does my dad. But I'm not a huge fan of those anise cookies-- my grandma makes them. they are so pretty though, aren't they. Your friend Jen is too cute!

it's me, Val said...

I've missed you all so much. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Yes, Cor, I didn't want anyone to really worry . . . didn't think how serious it was . . . but my attitude made me realize it's probably something to seek out. Neil said I have been really grouchy and the doctor said this to me "I wonder why? You're in pain!". I thought to myself, "yeah, that does make sense!" Ha!

Aimee said...

Yay, I am glad you are back on Val! I check your blog almost everyday because I really enjoy your posts and I was getting a bit worried about you. It is very uncharacteristic of you to go so long without blogging! I hope that everything with your back gets worked out. You are in my prayers.

MP said...

my back started hurting just reading that post..take care of yourself. Hopefully they will figure this up soon!
Cookies..super yeah..I LOVE that taste!

Katie said...

SO glad you're finding some long-awaited answers for your headaches! Now I'll pray for some relief.

I share your licorice love and hope to see you in Chicago soon--but you're smart to wait a bit, as it is just too snowy for words right now. With Valley's b'day comes spring, though! Hooray!

Missy!! said...

YAY!! You're back!! Oh my gosh Val.. you will LOVE.. I mean LOVE the chiropractor!! I still drive back to ma & pa's just to visit ours... love him!

As far as the cookies.. they sound so yummy! I love G & P's.. they are my fav candy!! At Easter, we only buy the bags of BLACK jelly beans.. they are the greatest!! So, do you think Jen would be willing to share her secret recipe???

oh amanda said...

I just left the longest comment but it gave me an error so sorry if I duplicate!

I'm so sad about your back/neck. My mom has neck problems and has been going to the chiro forever...my gpa broke his back when he was younger and attributes WALKING to his chiropractor. I think it's a "long" cure compared to what a general doc would do, but I think you're doing the right thing! I'll be praying for you and your chiro! Keep me updated!

I'm so glad you got the Sharpies. Ahh, new sharpies! I love 'em! I was so afraid I'd made a typo! ;)

Love you, val!