Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Looking Back at 2012

I’m not going to miss 2012. It wasn’t the best year I’ve ever had. There were good things, but there were plenty of not-so-good things.

2012 was largely defined by my headaches. In January, we found that my creatinine level was elevated, so my doctor took me off of meloxicam, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. My creatinine stayed high, so I ended up visiting a kidney specialist and finding out that I have mild kidney damage from years on this medication. On a brighter note, my creatinine was back to normal a couple of weeks ago!

Stopping the meloxicam, though, cranked up my headaches. Sooooo, it was back to a neurologist. This time, though, I’m seeing a guy who’s pretty new and who impresses me with his thoroughness. He also has a good bedside manner – very important when dealing all day with people with migraines. I’ve had a couple of rounds of Botox with just minimal relief. Unfortunately, I also fell and hit my head several months ago which triggered a worsening of the headaches. Yeah, 2012 wasn’t really my year.

On to some good things, though! The Knitting Nest is doing better than we could have hoped for. We have been so happy with the response of yarn crafters to our shop. I love getting to knit for a living! PWM does most of the “hard” stuff – like going to work every day!! I don’t have to go in when I have a bad headache (which has been a lot this year) and I get to knit at home or at the shop. It’s a great job!

Rosie Girl has had a really good year. The big thing that happened for her is that she went to Music Camp at UWSP and discovered that she really does love music composition. She’s been taking composition lessons this Fall which has been confirming for her that she wants to study composition in college. Speaking of college, she will be going to UWSP next fall! She still has to audition for the College of Fine Arts, but she’s been accepted into the University. It’s hard to believe that my little girl is 17 1/2 years old.

Wild Man started high school this year which kind of freaked me out, but which he took in stride. He’s in the high school marching band, but he much prefers his time in the church youth worship band. He will try to play anything resembling a guitar – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, mandolin. He has even convinced his sister to give him keyboard/music theory lessons.

That was 2012. Here’s praying for a happy and healthy 2013!!

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