it's good to hear back from you!
Wow - that's an intense diagnosis from your GP, a lot going on. I can imagine how affirming it was to know there was a real cause for all your pain. I bet it was confronting looking at your CT scans - spinal scans can seem a bit intimidating! I'm so glad to hear you're being referred to a pain specialist and a psych. That's wonderful.
I've got spinal issues too: cervical stenosis and some forminal stenosis which is impinging the nerves in my right arm and shoulder. So yeah, scary CT scans at my end as well. I've got conflicting opinions though, and my physio seems confident it can be managed without surgery. We'll see - I'm not real keen to have fusion done.
I loved the sound of your coping mechanisms! And wow - two grandsons - that must take a lot of energy and bring a lot of smiles. I love birds too (obviously), and your hanging garden sounds so beautiful. I was out in our garden yesterday watching the bees in the coriander flowers (we've let them go to seed)... they were just loving it! Honeybees and native bees. And some big bumblebees in the sunflowers.
I have to keep this short tonight but will check in again soon.
Take good care of yourself, Harpy.