Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Hallelujah, the sciatic pain is gone! I cannot express how wonderful it is to be rid of that pain. I feel like a whole new person. I'll be starting PT next week for four weeks because my back and core are very weak from lack of use over the past few years. Once I'm able to get moving again it will be time to get rid of this weight I've been carrying around way too long. I don't need my other knee or my hips to give out so I will do whatever it is to keep them happy.
Thanks for all the kind notes and messages of support. It meant a lot and I'll get back to each and every one of you. Right now though, I'm off to have a mani-pedi and some much needed pampering.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
Saw the doc on Tuesday. He feels I'm coming along good, but understands my pain. He said the nerve is bruised and until it quiets down that I will be uncomfortable. Yesterday was one of my better days. I was on the computer for about a half hour, worked on a friends manuscript and finished it. Today I'm stiff and sore again so have had mostly a down day. However, I'm beginning to see some light at the end of the tunnel so it looks like I'm going to live.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Surgery went well, so the doctor says. However, after 9 days I'm still in a high degree of pain when standing or walking. I'm not sure what the problem is but this not what I had expected. I expected some discomfort but this is ridiculous. Pain is much worse then before sugery and at this point I can honestly say I wish I'd never had it done. I see the on the 28th. Hoping I'm a bit better by then. Please keep prayers coming for the pain to abate and the healing to begin. Thanks.
Monday, February 06, 2012
After a year of treatments such as acupuncture, epidurals, chiropractic procedures, physical and pool therapy, with no loss of back pain, I am now scheduled for surgery on L4, L5 on the February 13th. I have a large bone spur which is laying on the nerve and will be removed, along with other disc debris. The good part is the doctor is 95% sure that my pain will be gone and I will be able to get my life back. I probably should have done this a long time ago but have always been afraid of back surgery. However, it's come down to the point of not being able to manage the pain anymore.
My surgery will be done as an outpatient, believe it or not, and will be the least invasive method they have. I should have about a four hour stay at the hospital. After my ride home I cannot ride in any vehicle until the trip back to see the doc on the 28th. I'm supposed to walk 4-6 times a day as tolerated which will be a treat since I haven't been able to walk much at all in the past year. Home health care will come in twice a week to check my incision (it'll be glued with Durabond so I can take a shower) and physical therapy will come in 3x a week until I see the doc again.
I don't expect this to be a walk in the park and I expect some discomfort at the incision site. That will be a piece of cake compared to 24/7 sciatic pain which I've been dealing with off and on for the past three years.
Once I'm recovered I hope to get back out there and start exercising again (gently at first), and I really hope that eventually I'll be able to line dance again which is a great workout.
Thanks to all you limes who've been sending me goodies and words of encouragement. I'm sorry that I had to drop out. Maybe another time.
I'm almost done with my second novel, "Stony Creek Diner" and hope to get it published by April. I still try to have some sort of social life by going to the movies, to my book workshop, and of course, out to eat once a week. I've had to use a walker to get around so I have to plan where I'm going and how I'm going to get there. I hope after the surgery the walker can be eliminated.
Hope all of you are doing well.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I have less than a week and I'll be on my way to Florida where my DH and dog are anxiously waiting for me. I am so going to miss my DGD, Quinn. We have spent a lot of good quality time together, had many grandma to granddaughter talks (priceless), and have actually learned a lot about each other. I found myself becoming the "story-teller," just as my grandmother used to be, passing along information that may or not be important some day. I've also had the opportunithy to spend one-on-one time with every member of the family. I listened and learned about each and every one of them. We get so caught up in the daily routine of our lives that we overlook the small, and often, important stuff. I hope that when I head home each one of them will feel they had a piece of me, if only for a short time. They all know they have my heart, but I want them to feel they have my attention, too. Thanks to my exceptional husband who was okay with me being gone so long. I'm gonna' owe him big time!
And now...heading back to reality....Since being in Maine I have gained four pounds. My diet has consisted mostly of seafood; some fried, boiled, baked, and broiled. Lots of chowder, probably made with cream, and warmed up blueberry pie ala mode again and again. Red meat has only passed my lips twice. I could really live without it I think. Maybe an occasional steak every three or four months, but other than that, give me fish and I'm happy. It's a given that the four pounds needs to come off plus a whole lot more.
I'm still dealing with chronic sciatic pain and plan on finding someone, somewhere, somehow who can fix this problem when I get home. I've been dealing with it for over four years and it has made a huge impact, in a negative way, on my life. I had high hopes that once my knee was replaced the sciatica would right itself. That didn't happen. The one good thing is that I only have pain in one area now instead of two...the knee replacement was very successful.
So onward I go...get some relief fromthe sciatic pain, start slowly but surely with the exercises (will get to the pool ASAP), blog, track food, and basically just get my butt moving. Will post again once I'm back in sunny FL.
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