Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Birthday Celebrations....

Sigh.....the headaches are back with a vengeance it seems.
My physical therapy appointments have really been going well and I felt I was really making progress with my daily stretches and such. But now.....
I ended up back at the doctor yesterday trying to see through the foggy pain enough to explain myself. It seems that the muscles in my neck where my head sits at the base, they are so tight that they spasm rock solid and cut everything off. So the next plan of attack is muscle relaxants (praise God they cut through the pain) and a referral to a neurologist.

I am frustrated. Here I have all this time on my hands now and I am worthless. The girls are at school, hubby works,.......and I sleep. I hate it when he does the laundry. No he doesn't do anything wrong and he is glad to do it and just wants me better. I just hear failure in my own mind. I do it to myself.

But enough of that yuck. Before my pill kicks in I want to share something fun.......

Last week my mom and I were finally able to have our birthday lunch. Our shared birthday is actually a week before Christmas, but the snow and ice storms that raged over here for a while put a damper on our plans.

Oh my goodness we had such fun. Our standing rule is that she pays for the day and I make the plans. I always keep it a surprise and she always tries to trick me into saying what the surprise it. She is so funny.

This year I made reservations at Cheryl's Cup of Tea in Oregon City. Cheryl made everything so perfectly beautiful and tasty. We sighed at all the wonderful decorations and felt like lacy ladies in the dainty environment. Our special lunch had 4 different kinds of little sandwiches, a scone, and a fruity salad with champagne vinaigrette dressing. Cheryl made us a pot of eggnog chi tea and a pot of organic apricot passion fruit tea. Oh my we were so full when we finished eating. But Cheryl wasn't finished. She brought out two little surprise birthday cupcakes with our names on them and sang to us.

It was truly a wonderful and blessed day.....the food and atmosphere were definitely fun but the thing that made it a blessing was just to spend precious time with my mom.


  1. I can empathize with you just a bit. Yesterday I had a wisdom tooth pulled. The root had a hook on it and it gave the dentist quite a hard time. I had to take the day of from work, because the pain was severe and the pain medication made me woozy. I am feeling some better today, and am back at work. I hope for the best for you.

    An Arkie's Musings

  2. Hi Jules,
    Sorry to hear about your health... I hope you feel better soon!
    Your photos are wonderful! How great to share your Birthday with your Mum! and your lunch looked so wonderful, it all looked very British with the sandwiches and tea! It must be a great place to eat! X

  3. must be growing pain's i don't thing. pray you get better.bye the way i thought it was your sister that will make your mother's day.God 's blessing's to all.

  4. Good times with your mom. That's nice to hear.

    Hope the neurologist can find the root cause for your headaches. That can't be much fun.

  5. I am glad the two of you had a happy, if belated birthday. And I have put you on my prayer list.

  6. I am so happy that you had such a lovely day with your mum, that's moment to be treasured, you both enjoy them and now how to keep that sweetness in your heart.
    But i am also so sorry to ear about ths stiff neck, I hope the neurologist will find out what it is about, find something to ease the pain and even cure it along.
    My grand daughter is beautiful new human beeing, she is the proof how great God work is.

  7. Happy belated Birthday. That is truly a blessing to have your mom and spend time with her. The two of you looks like sisters. Blessings to you both. Take care of yourself.

  8. Belated Birthday greetings to you both. Don't you look alike?

    Sorry about the terrible pain. I am a bit prone to that type of thing myself. (Arthritic neck)

  9. Happy birthday!

    Hey, have you ever heard of Chiari Malformation? I have that. Base of the brain pain? Spasms? Oh yeah. Check out

    Peace - D

  10. Do hope you'll feel better soon and happy belated birthday..sounds fun and the foooood...I wish I was there!

  11. Bless your heart! I hope you have easy days ahead of you!

    Fun time for you and your mom! I like that!

  12. What a blessed tradition to have with your mom and so very kind for Cheryl to help make it a special day...Happy Belated Birthday sweet friend, I do hope your neck feels better soon!

  13. Hello Jules

    Have been reading your blog for a few weeks no. Feeling sad that you are in such pain. However, m'dear -

    You are not worthless - from the little I've read you are a very worthy person. Pain is a right "wotsit" and I've found it can contort my thinking sometimes.

    Sending care and huggles to a very amazing woman I know as Jules Stones - and you are a jewel in life. XXX and purr-rumbling from my rescue cat, Zebby.

    P.S. Is January 17th here and all is okay so far

  14. A few weeks no - arggh, "a few weeks now"

  15. Oh Jules! I get migraines, too. Fortunately, as I'm aging, they're less frequent. I pray you get some relief.

    You and your mom are so blessed. And that tea room...perfect! I can't do these things with my mom anymore. Treasure every moment with yours!!


  16. Sorry to hear about your headaches again1 Will pray for you!

    Glad to know you managaed your lunch with your Mum..that sounds lovely! Good on you both!


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