9,947 published posts. I know that’s not quite 10,000 but it’s close.

Now, the minuses:

Tom: 400
Ellin: 525
Rich: 1,000
Garry: 1.000

So of the 10,000 posts, about 3.000 were written by other authors and probably another few hundred were re-blogs, so call it 4,000 written by other authors or re-blogs. I’ve probably written about 6,000 posts of my own. That includes most memories of childhood that were not published in my book … or are parts of the book or rewrites of chapters of the book.

Today’s statistics

About half of my posts were photographs, though even there, I tend to include writing even when the majority of the post is made up of photographs. But not always. It depends on how tired I am when I put the post together. And how many pictures I have.

So let’s say between 4,000 and 5,000 posts were exclusively mine. Still a lot of writing. Strangely, I wrote a lot more than that during my professional writing life. News writing, advertising, and documentation included thousands of pages and a mountain of research. I don’t remember how many books I wrote or how many kinds of software I wrote about. Or for that matter, what subject matter was involved.

I do not know if this is related, but for the last few months, I’ve been terribly tired. Aches and pains in many or most of my joints. Even my fingers, arms, shoulders, and occasionally my neck. If I don’t take pain drugs, I can’t stand up. Actually, it’s my inability to stand that’s my clue that I haven’t taken my medicine. I try to stand up and I fall back down.

“Oh, right,” I think. “I guess it’s medication time.”

I recently had a major three-day checkup on my heart. All things considered, my heart is doing very well, especially in view of all the surgery it has undergone. The implanted valves are working. The ventricles are pumping enough to keep the correct number of red blood cells flowing through veins and arteries. Whatever is wrong, it’s not my heart. So, whatever is going on is probably not lethal … at least not yet.

The neurology department did a major checkup on my brain (such as it is) and proved that (1) I have a brain so it’s not just a rumor, and (2) it’s more or less normal, at least neurologically. I’m not demented. I don’t have Alzheimer’s, or any sign of a brain tumor.

In fact, having changed medication for my spine, my headaches have almost entirely gone away. Proving my point that they should stop looking at each little thing and start looking at my entire self. I’m pretty sure they might find more connections.

To quote a song, “Dem Bones“:

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone’s connected to the ankle bone,
The ankle bone’s connected to the leg bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone’s connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone’s connected to the hip bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The hip bone’s connected to the backbone
The back bone’s connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone’s connected to the head bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

The finger bone’s connected to the hand bone,
The hand bone’s connected to the arm bone,
The arm bone’s connected to the shoulder bone,
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around
Dem bones, dem bones, gonna walk around
Now shake dem skeleton bones!

This is especially relevant to me because my spine seems to be the source of most my problems, not counting my heart, my missing stomach, and ye olde cancer.  So my good doctor sent me directly to the lab. I went to the one at Dana-Farber because they are much faster than the hospital and there’s a guy there who can ALWAYS find a vein. In ONE shot.

Meanwhile, I should be figuring out what I’m going to write for tomorrow, but surprisingly, that was not what I was thinking about. I was wondering what, if anything, the test would find. If they found something, what might it be? If they don’t find something, there’s simply got to be a reason why I feel this way. I never want to do anything or go anywhere. I’m too achy and tired. I don’t even want to talk on the phone.  I felt less tired after major surgery than I do these days, so something has to be going on. I would hope this isn’t a preview of the rest of my life!

So I didn’t get new pictures of my newly opened Christmas Cactus flowers because by the time we got home from the doctor, laboratory, and grocery store, it was dark. I’ll take pictures tomorrow.

Note that there are any number of versions of the words to “Dem Bones.” In case you find another version and the words are not quite the same.

Categories: healthcare, lyrics, Marilyn Armstrong, Medical, medication, Music

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24 replies

  1. I commented on another of your blog posts – that really low potassium and/or magnesium levels could be the culprit. I have fibromyalgia as well as neuralgia AND neuropathy, so I get unspecified pain. I’m just glad the medical professionals recognize those things as REAL now. I know folks who lived with a lot pain and fatigue prior to those conditions being accepted and were told that it was all in their head. Here’s to some reasonable factual ANSWER for you. And that Christmas cactus? GORGEOUS. We’ll be waiting to view the photos when you feel up to posting them. Don’t worry about it.


    • I went for blood tests yesterday. If they are negative, then we move on in another direction. But life like this is difficult. I don’t want to do anything or go anywhere. I’m too tired. I did NOT know there were any kind of stuff you could take because I’ve been hunting for anything that might help. I have magnesium here as well as iron (I tend to run low on iron) and it IS possible that I’m thyroid deficient — been there before. I guess after the blood tests are back, at which case I can take other stuff. But becauase of the heart issues, there are things I absolutely cannot take and other gastro issues eliminate a lot of others that might help. I was specified as Fibromyalgic years ago, but as far as I knew, there is no cure for it. You just sort of live with it.


  2. Oh gosh. I’ve been extra tired too. For me it is probably part of fibromyalgia. The body can only take so much pain. And medications cause tiredness. Yet I’ve too been extra tired this last month. Hope they find an answer that can be helped!

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    • There seem to be an awful lot of women who have fibro. Age doesn’t make it easier, either. Nor does the general pressure of life is what used to be the U.S. How it could NOT affect you, I really don’t know.

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    • This has been going on for a while. Months. With different medication and now new medication and my back feels better, but the rest of me wants to take a permanent nap. Wake me up when this is over and someone has a quick, easy, non-poisonous fix. I’ve had this condition for a long time, but it has definitely gotten worse. Maybe it IS politics. It’s like a constant mental sword of Damocles hanging over you.You can’t run away from it, It’s permanent stress.

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  3. You certainly have a lot of content here. I appreciate the media library since I appropriate a lot of your pictures for articles and stories. Where I come up short you drop in pictures. What you did not mention is that many of my pieces include your magic editing touch, not just for pictues but also for content and lay out. In a way, that adds to your total. I could not imagine that I wrote so many, but then we have rerun the several story series during the week, and I have dropped in a Friday music piece now and then, Perhaps I will drop the first Christmas story again this year. We have used it more than once, but surprisingly the years keep going by. Thanks for letting me come along on this serendipitous journey.


  4. It has to be tough waiting for the results of your tests, Marilyn.


    • Yes and no. I’ve These are tests that run up and down for me and have most of my life. Even when I was still a teenage, I had these same problems. I tend to be anemic and low in thyroid anyway, so it’s not much of a shock to have it come back. Again. But you have to be REALLY careful with iron. It accumulates and can kill you, too. You need exactly the right amount. Which often mean taking for a few weeks, then stopping, then take a bit more, and stopping. Ditto thyroid. And without the ability to get an MRI … a lot of things can’t be tested at all. I’m running 20 years late on that and apparently, they can’t replace it.

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  5. Wow! Really a lot of posts! Well done👏👏👏


  6. I just looked at your last post with the Christmas Cactus. I’ll bet it looks pretty much the same. Rest up and take care of yourself. We all love you out here. We wanna know you’re doing well.


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