Thursday, May 3, 2012

Flowers, Epidurals, and Facebook

Today I had my first epidural shot for my herniated disc. Since I have tried most everything else, this is the last thing to try before the “S” word. I am to have 3 shots, 4 weeks apart. It is my great hope that this thing heals by itself. My spine doctor says that I have a 50/50 chance of it healing by itself at my advanced age of 62. I was so stressed all week about this shot I could hardly speak. Yesterday I gave myself a panic attack. I am a big baby when it comes to things like this. I guess because I have been very lucky in my life with no serious illness and only one operation and that was over 20 years ago. If I ever do have anything serious I will need an IV drip of Valium to get through it. Turns out the shot was no big deal. The idea of a big needle being shot into my spine was making me almost pass out. But with the lidocaine, you really don’t feel much of anything. And it is over quickly. So I am to put ice on it every 15 minutes today and hope for the best.

On a more important note, I just discovered a wonderful blog. Many of you probably are already familiar with Handmadeology, but I was not. I found it as I usually find these things, through another person’s blog. I signed up for the blogs e-mail so I don’t miss anything. The post that I found so helpful was this one about how to use your Facebook “like” page. I have had one of these FB business pages forever but I could never figure out how to get people to “like” me. I didn’t want to spam my friends and family with an all out message since many of them are just not that into jewelry, including mine!

So I have crawled along with less than 50 something “likes” for a very long time. I also could never figure out how to leave comments using my business page avatar rather than my regular facebook avatar. They do not make it easy to connect these two pages. But the article taught me how to do that and how to toggle back and forth between the two pages. So helpful! Turns out that if you comment on other people’s “like” pages using your “like” page avatar, they can “like” you back. Who knew? I am sure you all know that but I did not. I find it difficult to keep up with all the social media even though I know how important it is to me and my business.

The one thing I wish is that I could use my “like” identity to comment on my friends and family pages. That way, if they want to “like” me they can and I won’t feel like I am being a pest. But you cannot comment on their posts if they do not “like” your fan page. Kind of a catch-22 if you ask me.

Going back on the ice now and taking it easy. No bead making today………..


Davinia said...

I'm glad your epidural went ok and keeping fingers crossed the disc heals for you, I can relate to your fear of of all things medical and like you have only been in hospital 3 times, twice for children and once for an op many years ago.
Thanks for posting the link to the article about facebook. The whole FB thing totally bamboozles me, I just can't seem to get my head around it. I have a regular FB page and one for my "business" and I get so confused between the two. And when they keep changing things all the time....well I could just cry. Don't they know we baby boomers have a hard time retaining information for heavens sake!
My goal this year was to conquer social media so this article may just be the turning point for me.

Barb Fernald said...

Thanks for the link to Handmadeology. I was not familiar with it either and I'll check it out.
I can totally relate to your panic about the epidural before you had it. I would have been exactly the same way. I'm glad to hear it was not as bad as feared. I vote for your disc healing on its own. 62 still sounds young enough to be in the 50% that heals up. (am celebrating 59 today). Hey, when we get to be old ladies in our 80's, the bodies we have now will seem fit and flexible! hahahaha

Marlene Brady said...

Thanks for the tip; I didn't know about it either. Hope you feel better soon and the shots do the trick. Beautiful piece by the way.

Candace said...

I just "liked" you cuz I do:)