Intuitively, I feel something is Really Wrong inside me. Honestly, between you & me (and the internet) I have an almost constant foreboding feeling that I'm going to die an early death (what is an early death, anyway? We aren't the ones who decide times, God is). I never felt this before I had NF, (honestly I felt invincible before I had NF) but my psyche has not been able to return to not feeling this way. I wonder if it's because my sense of mortality was shaken to the core when I got so close to that line between life and death? I've been talking about it a bit with my psychologist... this is a feeling that has intensified in a big way since my friend Sabrina's passing in December. I don't know what's real and what is psychological with my body's symptoms. In the meantime, I am going through with a lot of tests to see if there is some see-able imbalance we can right. Blood tests, x-rays, CT scans, MRA, MRI all in the near future. I've had chest pains for months, but nothing frightening. Could be anxiety. I try to do guided imagery at bed time- a difficult time for me because despite the exhaustion and sleeping pills, I have a very hard time falling asleep, and staying asleep.
Recent doc visits:
Neurologist visit= migraines in check, but my hands are shaking a lot from the medicine, so we lowered the medicine. That was three weeks ago and I am still shaking. As scary as lowering it may be, side effects are not long-term livable. I'm going to lower it more soon on my own volition.
Dermatologist= gave me two different creams for apparently two different types of rashes on my grafts and thereabouts, and neither of the creams are working well. Seems like the grafts are never happy.
Enough of that.
My big news is that I am playing horn again, fairly consistently. Can you believe it? Do you know that almost ten years have passed since I had NF and stopped playing?
There is a new "start-up" orchestra about a 50-minute drive from me, and a horn-player friend told me about it and suggested maybe it'd be a good place for me to play, not for money, without pressure. She's coming, too, so the two of us are the horn section. The first week we played Shubert's "Unfinished" symphony, and last night we played Beethoven's 6th symphony ("Pastorale"), one of my favorites. I really enjoyed it, even though the level of the orchestra is very amateur. It's what I need for now... I am also amateur at this point! I don't know if it will lead to me being able to get my own playing level up and doing more playing with better orchestras, but for not I don't have to worry about that. I try to practice every day, or as much as I can, when I have energy. That is a step forward... it's movement... it's development. It's *life*.
So there you are, the philosophy of life and death, by Sarah Kashin Klein.
Thanks for being with me, we hope you have a good flight.
|Dov (18), Shifra (14) and Wazi (11, presently with a broken foot)|
at a picnic we had in Modi'in together with our other Klein family here in Israel
(Robert's brother, SIL and one of their kids)
over Passover. It was lovely!