Friday, November 15, 2013
It's been a long time coming. I had so much pain. It just kept getting worse and worse. First they said I had arthritis in my spine, which I do. But the PT made it worse. I finally insisted on an MRI. Turns out a lot more was wrong - including a little itty bitty cyst on my spine.
I resisted surgery - tried a chiropractor to open up the spine and help with the 4 bulging disks. It helped at first... But then that darn cyst just wouldn't give me a break. I was in agony, on pain medicine, trying to take care of my husband; all of his medical and legal issues, my full time job and all of my pets and the household. I was near collapse.
I said to myself - I don't have time for surgery! And then I finally made myself see a surgeon and find out what was REALLY involved.
Turns out the worst of it would be 2 weeks of recovery at home. No lifting, carrying, bending, sitting or much of anything. I realized that I had to give myself this relief. I didn't have time NOT to have surgery.
The cyst had grown. It was much bigger by the time he cut it out. But now I know I wasn't crazy and imagining all the pain. I had stocked up on food and had friends helping with meals. We let the house get a little messy - my husband pitched in where he could.
I'm back to work now. I'm on light duty; lifting no more than 5 pounds, still no bending and I can only sit for 20 minutes at a time. I'm walking too. I'm up to 13 minutes before it begins to hurt. I tire pretty easily. My husband found out that he feels better when he pitches in.
The best part? That horrible stabbing pain in my back is GONE. GONE!!!! Halleluiah and God Bless. Every day feels like a new beginning. A chance to make something wonderful happen.
I wish for anyone reading this that same opportunity to take a chance, take care of yourself and have a wonderful new day, each day.