Urgh...need some good mojo.

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Urgh...need some good mojo.

Post by Kystar » Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:31 pm

Hi guys...sigh...yeah, I need a little bit o'positive thinking right about now.

First off, I have a pinched or irritated nerve in my left elbow that supposedly working it way better...which makes my left hand go numb at weird times. Good wishes/Reiki on that would be appreciated.

Secondly, I'm waiting to hear back from my insurance company on authorization for a necessary cosmetic surgery procedure. (My Dr says my chest is too big and that it's putting too much strain on my back.) So, maybe something to nudge that along so we find out if I can get this done? Thanks.

Third, and finally, I have a driving test on March 15th, and I'm a little nervous, since I failed my last three. At this point, I'm seriously considering burning some incense or making some offering to SOMEONE...dunno, maybe Hermes as guardian of travel and Athena as guardian of wisdom and technology? Anyways...positive vibes for that would be big time appreciated, too, since right now I'm at the mercy of the public transportation system or my hubby.

Okay, so thanks in advance...and good wishes to everyone for a comfortable final days of winter and a speedy arrival of spring!
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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:35 pm

Definitely your way!

Try massage therapy for that pinched nerve? I've known a few people with pinched nerves (usually shoulder/back) who have seen almost 100% relief from a massage therapist - though the actual first or second treatments are agony

Good luck with the insurance for the surgery, and good luck with the test! I'll be sending good vibes and Reiki!
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Post by Kystar » Mon Feb 25, 2008 5:40 pm

Honestly, since it's in my elbow, I've basically been just stretching it out...and trying not to lean on anything.

I was told by the specialist that I shouldn't do any chiropractic or similar stuff because if it gets moved wrong, I could loose all feeling in that hand, for good.

So, I'm basically waiting it out. Warm compresses help, though.

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Post by Ragnar » Mon Feb 25, 2008 11:01 pm

Good vibes to you. Or "Mojo working" as Muddy waters may say. ;)

I had sciatica at one point which I am told is a trapped nerve. I can sympathise.

LUCKILY with the elbow there are exercises possible, massage etc. With sciatica there appears to be nothing.

The nerve is too deep for massage, and no exercise I tried worked. I just had to wait for it to go away.

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Post by Kystar » Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:35 am

I found some stretches that are helping the elbow basically "loosen up" so that the nerve isn't as tightly pinched.

Sigh...at least it's slowly improving...somewhat. For me, it's wait and see or surgery to move the nerve away from the part of the joint that's pinching it.
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Post by underlilith » Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:27 am

I'll send good vibes your way! :-D

It works out pretty good, because my school dance (which i helped to collaborate) is March 15, and as one of the organizers, i will be there. And that will definitely help me be in a good mood for you! :-D (and remember about it 0_0)
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Post by Willow » Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:06 pm

Good vibes your way, and don't worry about your diriving test. You will do great!
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Post by Kystar » Mon Mar 10, 2008 8:28 pm

YAY! My elbow isn't causing my left hand to go numb or anything weird. My pinky is still occasionally doing strange things, but only if I type too long or something.

I still haven't heard from my insurance company about the pre-approval. If I don't hear anything by the two month mark, I'm calling them up!

And the countdown has begun for my driving test...which means the butterflies are starting to congregate in my stomach!

Hubby is planning on making me drive most of the way up to Punxsutawney from Pittsburgh the day before to get me "loosened up" for the test. And the day of the test, I'll be driving from Reynoldsville PA to Punxsy. Fun fun fun.

Oh well.

Thanks for all the good wishes, folks. Hopefully, I'll get the other bits taken care of soon.
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Post by Willow » Thu Mar 13, 2008 6:21 pm

well good on the elbow booo on the other stuff. I will send some more thoughts your way!
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Post by Kystar » Sat Mar 15, 2008 4:43 pm

Driving test result: FAIL. Parallel parking once again spanked me. badly.

Sigh. I have until April 21 to try again, then my permit is expired and I need to pay ANOTHER $5 to renew.
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Post by FyreGarnet » Sat Mar 15, 2008 7:55 pm

I can't believe they require you to parallel park for the test. Can you go somewhere else to take the test. What about a driver's ed thing like masterdrive? It may be more expensive, but if you can't parallel park and the test doesn't require it and you just never parallel park, what does it matter?

My driving test was basically driving on some back roads and some major roads (not even the highway) of 45 mph or less. Then we went back to the parking lot and parked in a regular parking space, and I even pulled through to the next one. I just had to mostly worry about stopping, going through a school zone, but the light wasn't blinking so I could go regular speed and I think that was it on the actual driving. Heh, if you want, I'll put you up here for a bit and you can take the test here if you don't have to be a resident.

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Post by Kystar » Sat Mar 15, 2008 8:31 pm

Unfortunately, it is a PA state requirement now that all driving tests begin with a parallel parking test. And you have three times to put the car in reverse before you fail. And if you fail the Parallel parking section, you don't continue the test.

I DID take a driving Ed course, and got the certificate for it, but the driving instructor wasn't required to take me to get my license at the end of the course. So I have a pretty piece of paper that will lower my insurance rates when I finally get my license. The classes ended in October, when I took them...and the snows started, so I couldn't test until March...that was like a year or two ago. Sigh.

And I think that anywhere you would take a driving test requires you to be a resident of that state/country/local; but, thanks for the offer.

I think, my next plan of attack, is to ask Momma T (sister-in-spirit's mom) who lives down the street and drives School buses for a living, to drill me on parallel parking so that I can actually PASS next time. I have two more fails on this permit before I have to take the permit test over, and I have only a month left before I renew the permit and the fail limit vanishes, so I guess I'll schedule another test before the permit expires and have her drill me beforehand. Honestly, everything else seems to be okay, even with a stranger in the car. It's just this one fiddley little thing. :/
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Post by Crazy Healer Lady » Sat Mar 15, 2008 9:13 pm

That is unbelievable. On my "N" driving test, I pulled up onto a curb during my parallel park, and passed with flying colours. I did really well, until he told me to back into a parking space. I got flustered, forgot everything, and basically tried a few times before he said, "Stop. Just stop."

And I still passed.

For my full license, those little, erm, kinks were ironed out...

I would rather park a km away than risk my butt in parallel parking, but I am terrified of any parking. Send me out in the city with idiots running red lights and children darting across a busy intersection, and I am fine. Get me to dodge flying tires (seriously) on the freeway without even risking an accident, and I'm great. Get me to park, and I freak out. I drive the speed limit, and am a general really good driver. Parking... ugh. Yet I can park fine, absolutely fine, straight... but I get really anxious and nervous.

Practice, practice, practice. Don't feel badly. Parallel parking is not a necessity in life, I feel. Really unfair that it is a requirement to pass in your state. I would love to hear the reasoning behind this idiocy. (Meh... Maybe CND roads and cities are just that different, but I doubt it somehow)
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Post by Kystar » Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:54 am

Honestly, I think it became a law because the State government is in a big city...and like most big cities, parallel parking is more abundant than other types of parking. And they probably watched a couple of bumps and stuff, and said, "Don't we test this kind of stuff?" et viola, it's a requirement.

growl. And here, my sister passed on her first try, though the tester said he probably shouldn't pass her b/c of how aggressive she drives, but that "she'd improve with practice."

And that would be the reason my Mom never taught me, b/c sister scared her repeatedly. And if the "good" daughter is a bad driver, how awful is the short-tempered "bad" daughter going to be?

Oh well.
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Post by FyreGarnet » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:34 am

for me I tried some parallel parking when I as learning, but to this day, my version of parallel parking is parking at the end so I only have one car to contend with or parking when there are no cars around. I can get out just fine, but getting in is a problem for me.

When you do decide to go practice this with your friend, try to find a warm day, and rig something with like old 2-liter soda bottles and sticks and bells. Something that lets you know you've hit it, but its light weight enough that it shouldn't damage your car. A little bit of money can go a long way with this kinda of project. And I said try it on a warm day so you can have the windows down.

Also, when I was practicing, my mom was sitting in the car with me. She kept telling me what to do, like turn your wheel this way now, and turn it this way now. But it just wasn't working. I couldn't get it into the spot. You wanna know why? This car had no power steering so the turning radius was bigger. I told her I need to start turning the wheel the other way sooner, and she didn't believe me. Needless to say I tried it my way, and it worked. What did I learn from this experience? I learned that you need to trust yourself and your car and your knowledge of your car, which YOU drive all the time.

Good luck my dear.

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