Sunday, March 13, 2011
I've been trying to find my way back to spark since experiencing a new curveball sent speeding into my life.
I have been coping with back and hip pain for a few months now. It started out small and progressively got worse. I finally went to see a doctor and she sent me for an MRI. Getting the MRI was a battle in itself. I had to get special permission from my insurance company to go to a facility with an Open MRI since the facility covered under my insurance plan did not have one. In the midst of finding a facility and scheduling an appointment my left leg went completely numb and I could not wiggle my toes, flex my foot or even lift my leg. I went to the ER for fear I might have had a stroke. It wasn't a stroke so I was admitted and had several radiology tests performed. Of course I already knew I was too big to fit into the MRI machine so the neurosurgeons following my case had a CT Scan with contrast done, doppler study, xrays of my spine and I was transported to another facility via ambulance for an Open MRI. (That's another blog!) While in the hospital I had an allergic reaction to either the contrast dye from the CT Scan or some of the meds they were giving me. The neurosurgeons said it was hard to read the tests due to my size but they were able to see a degeneration of my spine in my L3, L4 and L5. The docs discharged me only for me to be rushed back to the hospital because of the allergic reaction. I had a temp of 103, lethargic, my face was swollen and my tongue had started to swell not to mention of was a bright red color and covered with hives. The allergic reaction began my second day in the hospital and the docs did not agressively treat it therefore it had worsened. Needless to say I was kept in the hospital for a total of 8 horrible days.
The end result is I have Lumbar Spinal Stenosis and its nothing the docs can do for me. Their suggestion is pain management, weight loss and physical therapy.
Also, because of the allergic reaction I have hyperpigmentation and my body is covered with a dark patchy discoloration all over my skin. I feel the need to explain that I'm not a vain person but I do take pride in my looks. So this is just another low blow from life.
When you are sick it's hard to keep your focus on weight loss but I know the more weight I lose the better chance I have for a pain free life. So more so than ever I must be successful with my weight loss efforts.
I know I will survive this curveball. I'm optimistic, hopeful and most importantly I have faith and filled with prayer.
*Keep Your Eye on Me.....I will be the next SparkPeople Success Story*