Louisiana Pecan trees everywhere

So the last time I posted was 2 months ago! Holy cow! Time definitely flies! Just to catch you up on my life….last we spoke, I was on vacation with my family in Louisiana living that country life and on my last few weeks of school. Well I’m back in Maryland, I’m officially an MBA graduate, and my life has been turned upside down, sideways, crisscross, and well you get the point. It’s crazy! Let me catch you up….

We decided to drive to Louisiana from Maryland with a pit stop in Louisville to visit my mom and brother (16 hours of driving with two divas…so much fun!) and we were away for a good 2 weeks. We truly enjoyed ourselves! Well the exciting stuff happened on the way home. After stopping on the way home in “nowhere,” Tennessee at the worst possible hotel you can imagine (not getting into details because I’d rather not relive the craziness), we set out to finish our trek back to Maryland. It really was a beautiful drive, but ended with me in the ER and admitted for the night upon our arrival into Maryland. What happened you ask? The scariest feeling ever. My husband and I had just switched out driving, so it was my turn behind the wheel. After about 45 minutes of driving, everyone was asleep and I was jamming to my Women of Pop playlist. Girl Power!!! All of a sudden, I had a sharp pain on the left side of my chest by my arm pit. It radiated from the front of my chest, underneath my arm pit, and into my back. Then, it shot down my left arm. My arm went completely numb then weak. Afterward, the pain shot up the left side of my neck and the left side of my face went completely numb then weak. I thought I had a stroke, but because my pride is ridiculous at times I never said a word until we were about 45 min from our house. I know I know it wasn’t the smartest decision, but I told myself if the pain came back then I’d say something. After all, my toddlers were asleep and so was my husband. When I did mention it to my husband believe me, I received an earful. We went straight to the ER and the first thing they thought was either a stroke or a heart attack. Thank God it was neither, but they could not figure out what it was. Scary stuff!!! Well fast-forward to today, after numerous MRI’s, x’rays, nerve studies, blood work, physical therapy, neurology appointments, I have an answer! Yay! (kinda) I have what is called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. It’s rare, but I seem to be finding a lot of people who have had it. It’s basically where the scalene muscles in my neck are compressing the brachial plexus, which is a network of nerves that goes from your spinal cord into your arm and branches out. It’s NOT fun! The past two months have been awful! Sharp pains, numbness, and a lot of weakness! The next step is a scalene block to help relax the muscles, which is actually happening tomorrow, but if that doesn’t work then surgery will be the last option. So keep me in your prayers!!!!

Courtesy of MedicineNet

Life hasn’t stopped since it all happened. Camille started Kindergarten, Kynsley started preschool, my husband still has to do his Navy thing, and I have to keep it together. I never wanted to take a break from writing, but I had to for a moment. I’m just realizing tonight how therapeutic it is to just tell you what is going on in my life, so I will keep you posted! Xoxo

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