I Lose Things

That’s me on the dance floor.

mermaid_stone

No, no, NO!

This isn’t another Mad Cow post. I haven’t lost any blenders or shoes or cats or brains.

And, no, it’s not another NUDIE post. I’m not “losing” my clothes in a desperate attempt to snag a few more readers.

Seriously. I lost two things recently. Big things. Important things. Things I feel sort of lost without. Heh.

First, I lost 7 inches of hair. That’s, like, a pound of hair. I wanted a whole foot cut off—just so I could say “I got a foot of hair cut off,” but even with my stupidly long hair, that would’ve been pretty drastic. As it is, my hair is a LOT shorter.

It looks and feels awesome. I love it. Why did I wait over a year to get it cut? Oh, yeah. I’m lazy. Don’t let me wait a year again, peeps. This is sooo much easier.

But.

Even tho that long-ass hair didn’t really look all that great, I miss it. Because? I was the “girl with the long hair.” That was my whole public identity (or so I thought). “Your hair is so LONG!” people would exclaim. And they were RIGHT! Someone actually told me I looked like a mermaid. A freaking mermaid! Now I look like a regular person, which is nice but also not that nice. My long hair made me feel special, even as I was pulling fistfuls of it from my drain, my carpet, my cereal bowl.

Still, I don’t regret it at all. It’ll grow back. Plus who cares. It’s only stupid hair.

The second thing I lost is not as visible as a foot of hair (we’re just gonna say “a foot of hair,” OK?). But you can tell, if you know what to look for. It’s in the way I walk, get out of the car, rise after sitting for a while, and, yes, it’s in the way I Zumba.

I lost my pain.

About 3 weeks ago, I got a cortisone shot for chronic back pain. I’ve had these shots before, but this one . . . man, what did he put IN there? Liquid crack? Because the pain, THE PAIN IS GONE! From EVERYWHERE.

GONE.

I know the shot is temporary. I know cortisone turns your bones to dust, which presumably is bad for you.

I know, I know, I know.

I don’t care. They can put freaking Drano directly into my spinal column if this is the result.

It won’t last, but that’s OK, because my brain will remember and know that it was possible to feel like this.

To feel all . . . bendy! To just get up and move, without planning ahead. To finish a workout and feel the good kind of achey instead of the Vicodin kind of achey. To sit in an uncomfortable restaurant chair for more than 20 minutes and wonder, “what’s missing?”

I bet this is how mermaids feel.

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Oh, for god’s sake, quit your pouting. The funny will be back, in the form of . . . SARDINES!

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52 Responses to “I Lose Things”

  1. 1 Tim

    Ha! I’ve already lost enough hair for both of us but thanks anyways…
    Now you’re gonna start picking on sardines. Is nothing sacred?

  2. 2 Kathy

    I pulled a hair out of my yogurt yesterday. It shocked me, as I did not see it fall in there. I looked down and suddenly there’s …. wait….. I have to measure {yanks a hair from head} … ok. There’s a 14″ long strand of hair IN. MY. YOGURT. Ewwww! But since it was my own hair, I pulled it out and kept eating. Is that gross?

    Are you sure your pain isn’t gone because you got a pound of hair cut off? You know, all that weight might have been screwing up your back. Seriously, I’m glad you have no pain and I’d take a Drano injection too if that’s where it got me. So happy for JD!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Nothing About Post A =-.

  3. 3 Stephanie Barr

    Yay! I couldn’t have been more thrilled if I had laughed my ass completely off (OK, maybe I would, that’s a lot of weight, far more than a “foot” of hair).

    The cessation of pain – there ain’t many things sweeter!

    Good for you and I’m glad you’re happy about losing the hair.
    .-= Stephanie Barr´s last blog ..For Shakespeare: Emergency Lice Advice =-.

  4. 4 Shieldmaiden1196

    I had over a foot of hair cut off almost two years ago and it felt so liberating….no more having damp hair somewhere in the ‘middle’ at the base of my neck until 1pm when I washed it, no more loooong hairs in the drain (and everywhere else), no more hair that smelled like an ashtray after a fire, no more hair hanging in patient’s faces or getting caught on and yanked out by helmet straps, random velcro, etc. EMS and my Laura Ingalls hair didn’t mix. I donated it and like to think some would-be bald kid is rocking it, somewhere.
    .-= Shieldmaiden1196´s last blog ..All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go….. =-.

  5. 5 Shakespeare

    Seems like both losses are plusses, even if your mermaid-hood is shorn a bit.

    I can’t manage to grow my hair past my shoulders without it breaking off and looking like hay. Kudos to you for being able to create such gorgeous length. I’d still cherish the “mermaid” comment, even if my hair weren’t so long anymore.
    .-= Shakespeare´s last blog ..Dreaded Bugs =-.

  6. 6 Buggys

    Hey maybe it was too much hair causing your pain! What if you go bald? You might be pain free for life! And you can keep your boes dust free. Win – Win!
    .-= Buggys´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday =-.

  7. 7 Anne

    Wow, a foot of hair (I know it wasn’t really, I am just furthering the illusion)! That is really impressive. Last month, my daughter got almost a foot of hair cut off and donated it to Locks for Love. If your hair looks half as good as hers, you are more gorgeous than ever.

    Glad to hear the pain is gone. I hope it remains that way forever!
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..It’s Not A Random Tuesday =-.

  8. 8 CatLadyLarew

    I was just thinking what Buggys said. I have chronic back pain myself from a herniated disc, so I know that’s probably wishful thinking. However, I did have my hair cut last week for the first time in a year and my back’s been pain free since. Hmmmm…..
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..Look Out! It’s Margo! And She Looks MAD I tell you! MAD! =-.

  9. 9 Jenn Thorson

    Glad the haircut is a hit! Doesn’t it feel funny when you wash your hair and there’s just…. LESS… of it? I mean, you expect it to be there and suddenly… less.

    I feel like that after every haircut. And particularly the one which took my own long tresses and made them shoulder-length. So I know how ya feel!

  10. 10 Daisy the Curly Cat

    I think as long as you have long enough hair to make a small ponytail, you are good! I have been trying to grow my hair for my whole life. So far, it is still less than one inch long.

    I am glad your back is not hurty anymore.
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday: Why We Use a Placemat =-.

  11. 11 absepa

    Good for you! I’m so glad to hear that your pain is gone. Those cortisone shots can work wonders. I had one for some kind of bone problem in my heel. The ortho warned me that it would probably recur pretty quickly, but I never felt another twinge…and it’s been 20 years! Amazing.

    Sometimes I kind of miss having long hair, but never the part about finding it everywhere. Ewww. I hate it, even when it’s my own hair. Will you post a photo of your new ‘do?
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..So what is Eeyore, a werewolf? =-.

  12. 12 Puglette

    hurray for a new haircut! can you still cover your boobs?

    extra big hurray for the back pain relief!! that is a lovely thought…hey, my pain went away. i had shots in my knee, they were some sort of new goo made from chicken wattles. it’s been about two years and no constant pain. of course, if i would stop falling and landing on that knee i may lose all the pain!
    good for you to have less pain!!
    hugs,
    puglette
    :o)
    .-= Puglette´s last blog ..Cupcakes =-.

  13. 13 Your Daily Cute

    Ah, the hair thing… I cut mine “shorter” and convinced myself I loved it — I did! But now I want it long again… like, longer than it was. It’s a cruel world. If I had just left it where it was before I’d cut it, I’d be at this “longer” by now.

    Hair. Hmph. If I could just keep my mind made up.

    Yay for no pain! I think I’d take the Drano too. I’ll deal with dusty bones later.
    .-= Your Daily Cute´s last blog ..Guinea Pigs Love Watermelon! =-.

  14. 14 C.B. Jones

    The pain may have been a direct result of your hair being 50 heavy.

    didn’t read the other comments, so don’t bother with pointing out the possibility of this one being like some sort of halfassed echo or something. My feet hurt, and I don’t have much hair to cut off right now. I could shave, but I want to have a winter beard to keep my face warm.
    .-= C.B. Jones´s last blog ..Sorry to break it to you, but there’s been a breach in the hull and you are all doomed. Have a nice day! =-.

  15. 15 JD

    Tim: No, nothing’s sacred ESPECIALLY sardines. And who knows? I may actually like them. (Doubtful.)

    Kathy: If I stopped eating everything I pulled hair out of, I’d starve to death. You did the right thing. I’m not ruling out the hair as possible cause of back pain. (Of course the 25 actual FAT pounds I’ve lost may have helped too.)

    Stephanie Barr: Thank you! I thought you’d be happy. Hair is hair, but back pain is no laughing matter. YAY!

    Shieldmaiden1196: I really should’ve donated mine. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it. I bet that would-be bald kid is loving your foot of hair. And I do not miss those gross long hairs in the drain either.

    Shakespeare: Sigh. I’ll always have the “mermaid” comment. The thing is, some people look really good with long hair, but I’m not one of them. I laughed at your description of your hair looking like hay, but that’s what mine looks like too, if I’m honest. Long, dry hay. Not a good look.

    Buggys: Man, I would LOVE an excuse to shave my head (not chemo—I’m not that desperate), but Dave needs a long-haired wife. We made a pact. But otherwise, yeah. I’d make a good baldie.

    Anne: Thank you for furthering the illusion! And for making me feel guilty about not donating my hair. Good for your daughter, tho. That was a very nice thing to do. I’d like to think that maybe the salon donates it after they sweep it up? Probably not. Oh, well. Next year.

    CatLadyLarew: Ah HA! I think we’re on to something here. Hair is heavy, y’all! Plus we have to swing it and flip it around sometimes to make a point. Let’s both make a pact to get our hair cut at LEAST twice a year, and see if it continues to make a difference.

    Jenn Thorson: Yes, that IS a weird feeling. And I’m still using the same amount of shampoo, which leaves a foot of suds in the shower. Must remember: less hair means less shampoo. I LOVE IT!

    Daisy the Curly Cat: It’s a stubby ponytail, but it’s a ponytail, nonetheless. I’m having trouble picturing you in a ponytail. Maybe pigtails?

    absepa: Oh, my GOSH! 20 years? That really is amazing. I’m happy for you. I hope I can go that long, but even if I can’t, I can get another shot. It feels like a miracle. I’ll either post a photo or do a video in the next week. Hopefully it won’t all grow back before then.

    Puglette: No! My boobs are on their own! Free and unencumbered by hair! That sounded wrong. Anyway, I’m so glad your shots worked (chicken wattles?) so well. Aren’t drugs amazing?

    Your Daily Cute: Heh. “Dusty bones.” Yeah, I’ll worry if and when that happens. I have to admit: part of me does miss my long hair. Especially today in workout class when I realized I no longer had the most awesome ponytail. But it’s worth it.

    C.B. Jones: Yeah, I don’t know why I waited until summer was over to cut my hair—I could use it to keep me warm. And yes, your comment WAS made previously, but that’s OK. I don’t expect anyone to read the other comments. I’m happy with whatever you’ve got to say.

  16. 16 ann

    Wow that’s a lot of hair to have cut off. I’ve had a foot of hair cut off too but I did it in 6 easy installments of 2″ per hair cut.
    I want one of those shots. By the end of a work day instead of 40something I feel more like 80 something. I do the old lady twist and rise to get out of the car and I feel like it’s my grandma walking to the front door instead of me.
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Answers =-.

  17. 17 Regan

    Wow. I don’t even have a foot of hair to cut off! You should make a wig out of it because then if you don’t like your current hair being so short, then you can put your wig on! It’s not creepy at allll.

  18. 18 babs - beetle

    And WHERE IS THE PHOTO? How can you tell us that you had a pound (foot) of hair cut off and NOT show us the result?

    Glad about your back pain though. I can’t remember what it was like to move around pain free :(
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Resting on the landing? =-.

  19. 19 Lola

    I’m so happy for you! (And jealous!) I’ve been a literal pin cushion and all that ever happens is the anesthesiologists f’s up a different part of my back with the shots. You’re so lucky this is working for you. Enjoy it while you can!
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..File this under…don’t ever piss off Anastasia… =-.

  20. 20 Bingo

    Yes I´d like to see an updated picture too. I´m glad your bad pain has gone. Hugs!

  21. 21 Jeff

    You should check out that back pain zapper thingy that Jerry Lewis is always talking about. I think it’s from Medtronic. That can’t be too expensive, right?
    .-= Jeff´s last blog ..The only things I watch on my 9 1/2" TV =-.

  22. 22 Grace

    Can we see a pic of the new you, please? I haven’t been without back pain in, oh let’s see, 6 years, and I never will be. Pain blocker shots didn’t work; good days the pain is negligible, bad days, I just cry. It’s a helluva way to live, eh?
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..Tuesday was a crazy long day =-.

  23. 23 Prefers Her Fantasy Life

    Congrats for looking and more importantly, feeling great.
    .-= Prefers Her Fantasy Life´s last blog ..Thinking Outside The Six Pack =-.

  24. 24 Jen

    Did you donate your hair?

    I’ve cut all my hair off twice and both times I felt like a completely different person. And I looked funny too, at least to me. I’ve contemplated cutting my hair off but it really is my identity and I love it when gay guys come up to me and get all hairstylist on me.

    I hope the back pain stays away. I tried the cortisone shot for my knee and it didn’t do anything so I’m pleased to hear that it can work.

    Congrats on your losses!
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..You Know You are Getting Old When =-.

  25. 25 Spot

    I cut my hair recently too and I love it shorter! I’m pretty sure it makes my face look fatter, but I don’t really care. It’s so easy to take care of and so much lighter, and it doesn’t get all sweaty/tangled at the back of my neck anymore!

    Congrats on the back pain! I hope the results last a really really long time. Pain sucks. My body seems to have adjusted to my new “miracle” med and I’m back to square one. I think being pain free for awhile made it worse…now I remember what I’m missing. But I will keep my fingers crossed that your shot’s effects last a really long time!

    ♥Spot
    .-= Spot´s last blog ..Scary things…like ghosts and my mothers driving… =-.

  26. 26 dcr

    Sardines! Hopefully in water. No mustard please. Louisiana hot sauce is okay, but please, please hold the mustard.

    Sardines!!!
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Celebrating Wordless Wednesday with Words =-.

  27. 27 Daniela

    wow. im so happy for you! I know exactly how you feel though…as a fellow back pain persona. The first time i was screaming and crawling on the floor like a slug covered in salt…i got my first…GLORIOUS morphine shot. my god…i could BEND…i could almost tie my shoes…and i didnt feel any pain. im happy for you. congrats!
    .-= Daniela´s last blog ..Fighting Rhinos and Coronas =-.

  28. 28 Becky

    Back pain sucks! Dr. Richard E. Busch III has come up with a book titled, “Surgery not Included,” that has a lot of great alternatives to surgery for back pain. Highly recommended.
    .-= Becky´s last blog ..beckybooks: Laundry done, now I am ready to start another fun week! Where did the weekend go? =-.

  29. 29 JD

    ann: HA! I’m way too lazy for the six “easy” installment plan. And ask your doc about a cortisone shot. There’s no need to feel like a grandma at 40-something.

    Regan: Noooo, not creepy at ALL! Luckily I do like my shorter hair, but maybe Dave could’ve used it . . .

    babs – beetle: The photo and/or VIDEO is coming, I promise. Don’t get too excited tho. Well, OK, get excited. It’s pretty fabulous. I’m sorry you’re not experiencing this wonderful pain-free feeling. You deserve to!

    Lola: Thank you! I wish you’d had better luck. Maybe you need to see my guy? He’s in Chicago and Glenview. Let me know.

    Bingo: Aw, thank you. Picture is on the way! (hug)

    Jeff: I went to the Medtronics Web site and they have “Pain Therapies Ambassadors”! But who am I to laugh? I do have a zappy thing, tho it’s not Jerry Lewis-endorsed.

    Grace: Oh, I’m sorry you haven’t found relief for your pain. Bad days . . . I know. Unfortunately, not everyone has luck with these shots. I’ve posted before about a TENS unit—do you think something like that might help? It’s no way to live. Please keep trying. I felt pretty hopeless too, but this has helped me. There’s got to be something out there for you too.

    Prefers Her Fantasy Life: Thank you. I can’t decide which is more important. Oh, wait, of COURSE I can (flips shorter hair dramatically).

    Jen: I should’ve thought to donate my hair. Actually, it was kind of a last-minute decision to get so much cut off. Oh, I miss the gay guys! You’re so right. But mine will grow. Until then, I’m going to enjoy it. I’m sorry the shot didn’t work on your knee. Yes, it CAN work. Maybe give it another try? There are other shots besides cortisone.

    Spot: I’m glad you love your shorter ‘do! I think longer hair made my face look older and fatter, somehow. You just never know. I’m sorry you’ve adjusted to your miracle med. Unfortunately, that happens. I hope there are other options for you. Thank you for your good wishes. I’m gonna enjoy this ride for as long as I can!

    dcr: Sardines! Actually, I was going to try them with a dab of mustard. I bought two packs: one in water and one in oil. I’ll definitely try hot sauce.

    Daniela: Oooh, morphine, you say? Hmmm. But the slug in salt part sounds awful. I’m so glad you got relief from that. Yes, it’s a great feeling, all right. I believe I’ll do a little jig. There!

    Becky: Wow, thank you! I’ll definitely check that out, as I’m trying to keep surgery off the table for as long as possible.

  30. 30 cardiogirl

    Man I now have a new aspiration in life. I want to look like a mermaid.

    Just so you know, it’s not gonna count if you give me a mercy mermaid comment. You’ve never said it before, I’ve expressed interest and now you show up with the comment.

    No dice, jack.

    I want someone who doesn’t know me to casually exclaim, “Wow your hair looks like a mermaid’s hair.”

    And don’t have one of your friends, who I don’t know, offer the compliment, okay? Cause I’ll find out.
    .-= cardiogirl´s last blog ..He jumps on my back every time I turn down overtime part II =-.

  31. 31 Chris@TheSnackHound

    Don’t cry, JD. If you think that is bad, I went through the boy cut disaster. Glenn Close chopped all her hair off before Demi Moore did in Ghost and i decided one bright morning after seeing the Sunday Entertainment section of the paper to march myself down to Fantastic Sams with my mid back length hair. I spent the remainder of Sunday afternoon all the way up until I had to go to school the next day crying in the bathroom about it. I would be fine, and then all the sudden I would see the mirror and cry again.
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..Gotta Get You Back In MyLife =-.

  32. 32 Kathryn

    HORRAY! A day with no pain….is like….a….a…..massage with a happy ending! (Sorry…it’s the first thing to pop into my head.)

    I’m so happy for you, JD….it must be such a relief!

    I am stretching and leaning to and fro (whilst sitting in my steel chair) on your behalf….to honor you!

    WAY TO GO! I hope it lasts a l-o-n-g time!

    xoxo
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Is That Broccoli In Your Hair? =-.

  33. 33 Pricilla

    As someone who lives in chronic pain I truly celebrate with you. I completely understand that joy you are feeling.
    Congratulations.
    I hope it lasts for you. I really, really do.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..It’s Not Ultimate SPOOL Supremacy…But It’s Close! =-.

  34. 34 Patty

    No pain!! That’s is FANTASTIC! I hope the shot lasts a good long time. You’ve got to take advantage of this new found bendy-ness: ride a horse, play golf with an arching backswing, ride a rollercoaster, play strip Twister, join the New York Ballet Company, order and use the kama sutra…oh wait, that’s getting into my pain-free fantasy life…

    Ah, yes, and congrats on the hair! We have what I call ‘hair tumbleweeds’ in our house between my hair and the dog’s hair and the hardwood floors. (Husband is bald and therefore cannot be blamed for the tumbleweeds any longer.) When my husband wakes me up in the middle of the night because he rolled over on my hair, I know it’s time to visit the salon. Hey, there’s a recession and haircuts are expensive, I’m just saving money with the long hair.
    .-= Patty´s last blog ..Threadless Tshirt Giveaway at jaypeeonline.net =-.

  35. 35 Tracy

    I’m so happy for you! Chronic pain sucks.

    I hear you on the hair, mine is now at the point where it seems like I really should just hang on for half an inch more so I can donate it. It would be kind of pissy to be all “Hey charity, I know you could sell my hair to make money but my head is really heavy”

    Since I can’t donate blood, I figure donating hair is the next best thing.

    Heh, do you think they’d give me a “I gave 12 inches” sticker for my minivan?
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..11 Reasons I sometimes but not always dislike doing list posts =-.

  36. 36 Dorothy Stahlnecker

    I understand the hair as with chemo therapy when I lost all of mine I’m keeping it really short and no hair color and I love it..

    Thus the pain…oh I hope this shot last forever…

    Dorothy from grammology
    grammology.com

  37. 37 Scrooge

    Sardines is GOOD FOODS!

    She gets the fishes part and I get the bones and tails cuz she don’t likes the bones and tails. He does though so He doesn’t share so good when He eats sardines. I likes to share with She best.

    He laughs at her when She takes the bones all out though. He thinks it be funny. But She won’t eats them.

    She takes the bones out of salmons too and those is for me. And the skins too.

    Fishes shouldn’t crunch, She says. Me I likes crunches.
    .-= Scrooge´s last blog ..Dog Days by Bruce Meyer =-.

  38. 38 Tippy

    I once lost my virginity…I haven’t been able to find it for years!!!! (TMI??)

  39. 39 Tippy

    P.S. You should really look into ‘Prolotherapy’ for your back issues instead of doing the cortisone shots.

    Cortisone is degenerative and does not address the cause of the pain, it’s only purpose is to be a pain reliever, whereas Prolotherapy is a dextrose solution (ie. sugar – and who doesn’t love sugar?) that creates stability where it has been lost. Instability of your ligaments that keep the spine where it belongs, leads to an increase in muscular imbalances, which in turn leads to pain!

    Treat the cause, not the symptoms!

  40. 40 Herman

    Great post. I used to have long “mountain man” hair half way down my back with the beard to match, but once I had to move to Texas for a job that wasn’t going to work. Actually had 14 inches cut off. Man, that was a strange feeling. Do kind of miss the look, but too lazy to go back. Oh well :)
    .-= Herman´s last blog ..Snake Proof Boots: The FAQ =-.

  41. 41 AuntieE

    Did your hair go to go cause? like Locks of Love. The pain shot sounds great.
    .-= AuntieE´s last blog ..Aloha Friday – How high will you go? =-.

  42. 42 JD

    cardiogirl: Dang. I wish I had a time machine so I could make a legitimate mermaid comment. Hmmm. You know, just because we have some of the same friends on Facebook . . . that doesn’t mean ANYthing.

    Chris@TheSnackHound: Oh, no! Those snap decisions based on the Sunday Entertainment section are almost always ill-advised. But I am not crying. Only when I see a really good ponytail do I feel a twinge of regret. No, I am LOVING my short(er), sassy hair.

    Kathryn: THANK YOU! I know you understand, too. Ahhh. A happy-ending massage. I’ve never had one, but if it’s truly as good as a day without pain, sign me up! (bends and stretches in preparation)

    Pricilla: Thank you so much. I know you are a fellow sufferer, and I wish I could share this feeling with you and everyone else. I hope you can find something to give you relief. It’s possible! I didn’t think it was—but it is!

    Patty: OMG! Your pain-free fantasy life is EXACTLY like mine! And your tumbleweed home sounds like mine too: furry pets, hairy woman, bald man. I wonder if my bald man would like to play strip Twister this weekend? Also: yes. We’re only doing our part. If my bald man knew how much this hair cut cost me, he’d happily roll over it for another year.

    Tracy: Thank you! They should definitely give out a “12-inches” sticker. Maybe people would be more motivated. I just found out that they don’t accept less than 12 inches AND it has to be submitted in the form of a ponytail or braid. You can’t just sweep it up and put it in a plastic bag. So now I don’t feel so guilty. To you, I say: hold out! Donate your hair so I don’t have to!

    Dorothy Stahlnecker: Oh, I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had to go thru chemo. But I have friends with “chemo hair,” and it is just the CUTEST! Are you in pain now? I’m sending you some “pain-free vibes”: ((((((((((((()))))))))))))) and wishing you the best.

    Scrooge: HAHAHA! I wish you could be here to eat the bones and tails for me. But I think to make this truly a memorable experience, I should at least try them. I’ve heard you can barely taste them? Maybe not?

    Tippy: NEVER TMI here at I Do Things! Heh. Oh, and thanks so much for the info on prolotherapy. I’ve never heard of it, and I’ll definitely bring it up with my doc. I know cortisone is bad, and if/when this shot wears off, I don’t want to rely on just getting another shot. Yes, I agree: treat the cause!

    Herman: Wow! A long-haired man weighs in! That’s a lot of hair, my hairy friend. I bet it felt/feels weird. But isn’t it easier? And don’t you find eating to be so much more pleasurable, now that there aren’t long hairs in your soup?

    AuntieE: No, honestly, I didn’t even think of it, but as I said somewhere above, those hair donation places only take 12 inches or more (that sounds dirty, but it isn’t). Maybe next time I’ll let it grow a little longer and donate.

  43. 43 Florida Girl In Sydney

    Congrats on the hair– what a load off huh? My husband has degenerative disk disease and had the cortisone shot twice. The doctor said that stem cell research could fix that disease for many people, but I guess we won’t hold our breath on that.
    Do you have a “tens machine”– spelling??
    .-= Florida Girl In Sydney´s last blog ..Festival of Dangerous Ideas =-.

  44. 44 jennyonthespot

    OK *ahem* PICTURE of your new do. DOn’t tell me you don’t like to take picture of yourself. You can’t do such things and not perform.

    Re: pain – AWESOME! Really, truly – YAYYYYY!
    .-= jennyonthespot´s last blog ..She said she liked my hair, I said I liked her shirt. =-.

  45. 45 natural

    hair grows back and where’s the picture of your new hair do. i wanna see.

    cortisone. really? hmm. not sure i’m ready to go there yet, but it sounds great. no pain.

    i didn’t have any pain when i was in warmer temps. i probably just need to move.
    .-= natural´s last blog ..The Psychology of Hair =-.

  46. 46 Will

    That is great about the pain relief. Now get out dancing while you can enjoy it with abandon! And yes a before and after series of the hair would be great. I have a friend who got a foot of hair cut off for a charity event. Really changed her look.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday 10-7-2009 =-.

  47. 47 Scrooge

    She says you can’t TASTE them but they crunches yucky.

    I thinks they crunches GOOD.
    .-= Scrooge´s last blog ..Dog Days by Bruce Meyer =-.

  48. 48 Shaky Jake

    “This is how mermaids must feel.”

    Do you mind if I end EVERY conversation with this? :)
    .-= Shaky Jake´s last blog ..Dow Da Bah Bwamp. =-.

  49. 49 JD

    Florida Girl In Sydney: I’ve hard that degenerative disk disease is PAINful. Did the shot help your husband? Yeah, I do have a TENS unit, and I LOVE it. For most things, it really helps. I hate to wear it out in public tho. People act like I’ve got a bomb attached to my hip.

    jennyonthespot: It’s coming, I promise! I am very shy, as you may have guessed, but I will focus on my inner glitter sister and ROCK that photo (next post . . . coming up!) And thank you re: pain. YAY!!!

    natural: Maybe I just need to move too. Now that you mention it, my pain disappeared when we were in Jamaica. It could’ve been the rum drinks tho. Hair photo coming right up!

    Will: Woo hoo! I’ve been dancing (actually, Zumba-ing) all week, and it’s great. I’m posting the “after” photo in my next post. Depending on how it turns out.

    Scrooge: Oh, dear. I’m planning on eating the sardines today. Now I’m scairt.

    Shaky Jake: (Heh. I mistyped your name as “Shaky Kake” = HA!) Yes. Yes, you may.

  50. 50 mwaybob

    I lost my techno-hat – have you seen it?
    .-= mwaybob´s last blog ..mondayFOOD =-.

  51. 51 JD

    mwaybob: No, I’m sorry—I haven’t seen your techno-hat. Have you checked your head?

  52. 52 Herniated Lumbar Disk

    The cortizone shot simply reduces the swelling of the disk in the back. It result, the disk releases pressure off the pinched nerve and the pain goes away. It’s not necessarily a temporary fix. It is possibly for the disk to pinch the nerve again, but you should just becareful with your back and you may just get lucky! The second shot is stronger than the first one.
    .-= Herniated Lumbar Disk´s last blog ..Chronic Pain Syndrome with Herniated Discs =-.


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