Thursday, June 29, 2006

Back from Colorado


The renuion was a blast! Being from Denver, I really miss the mountains. I live in Central Ohio, where it is flat, flat, flat! What was really sad though was to see the damage from the forest fires. The picture shows one that was caused by a cigarette or something stupid like that. How sad. The weather was superb, as always. We had about 70+ people attend, from 5 weeks old to 78 years old. It is so fun to get together with family that is scattered throughout the USA and we missed those that couldn't attend, including 2 of my daughters and their families. I realized that when I went to post, that almost ALL my pictures are on my laptop. So I'll just share the pictures I took the last day. We played lots of games, including a scavenger hunt that required you to get pictures of different things. I downloaded everyone's camera onto my laptop and then we scored the teams on their efforts. Then I had a slide show to let everyone see what the people saw through their cameras. I think we had over 1200 pictures! It was a lot of fun. Now I'm going to have to load them onto my PC. Hmm, might take a while! We held our reunion up in the mountains, at the Church camp. What a wonderful, secluded place to be. We swam in the pool, took hikes to the waterfall, to the top of the mountain, had church in the little chapel, played silly games, ate a LOT, made beaded bracelets and just had plain fun. The picture on the left is my youngest daughter, Sheleah, with my cousin's daughter, Kaylee. Sheleah attached herself to Kaylee and she was so sweet to her. The other picture is of my immediate family, my parents, my brother and family and my family minus my two daughter's families.
The only thing that put a damper on the whole thing was my back did not cooperate very well. I had one awesome day and the others, well, not so great. The day we left to fly home was the worst. So my husband called our doctor so the very next morning (Wed.), I had an MRI. And it confirmed what we thought--I have a severe herniated disk in my lumbar region which is wrapped around the sciatic nerve. I have 3 options left--oral steroids--which I am doing right now, 9 days worth. An epidural injection of steroids, in which I'm getting tomorrow, and I'm a little nervous! the last option is surgery, so I'm praying that the first two work! I've tried different meds, stretching, chiropractic care, inversion table, massage therapy, biking, you name it, and I was trying it. I'm ready to be free of pain and get on with things!
I made two quilts for everyone to sign, one for me to keep and another one that I raffled off. I'll donate the proceeds to the Breast Cancer Foundation. I'll post pictures when I transfer the pictures over to my PC. All in all, a wonderful long weekend. It went by so fast, I wished we would make it longer.

10 comments:

Gail said...

I wish you the best in dealing with your back problems, and I'm glad that you had such a good time with family.

The Calico Cat said...

sounds like fun! I hope your back gets better soon. can't wait to see some more photos!

Norma said...

It sounds as though you had a great time at your family reunion!

Laurie Ann said...

I do hope the steroids help your back and you can avoid surgery!! Looking forward to seeing your quilts. Looks like it was a good time in CO.

Laurie said...

WOW...your family reunion sounds like FUN!!!
Hugs
Laurie

Linda_J said...

Back is still no better? Shucks, Karen. Hope that the next step gets you some relief.

Sounds like a wonderful time with your family and minus the back, a good time away.

I would worry what fireworks setting off would do in all these drought areas when just a cigarette or whatever can cause wild fires.

I also know what you mean about flat Midwest. I live in the foothills of the Appalachians--not even that high of hills--and it is so dadburned flaaaaaaaaaaaat. People that ask why we moved here just need to look around them and appreciate the view!

Samantha said...

Welcome back! Glad you got to enjoy our mountains. I didn't realize you were from where I am now...

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