Wanted to check-in because I don't know when I did last. Have not been on internet or Sparkpeople in the past week. To summarize, have been in ER and doctor's offices for several things. Very bad swelling and cellulitis in legs.....have been treating at home because of staff infection and doctor is afraid that I will get MRSA in the hospital. It is getting better but am still on antibiotics.
Worse thing has been the sciatica pain that has been excruciating since the beginning of July. As you might have noticed, I"ve gained back 29 pounds since all this happened due to inactivity and eating wrong foods. I hope to turn this around but right now am concentrating on getting in better shape first.
Went to a spine clinic where they did a workup. Found out I have an old compression fracture which I never knew about and and MRI showed that I have "very severe spinal stenosis" in my spine. I knew I had the stenosis but had no idea that it had gotten so bad. They feel that it is now pressing on the sciatica nerve which is causing so much pain that just will not go away. They are referring me to an spine (neurological) surgeon which I'm waiting on them to call back about.
I was told I needed back surgery about ten years ago but did not want to do it because I've always heard bad things about back surgery but with as much pain as I've had and how it has affected my day to day life....I can barely walk now and use my cane, sometimes two canes, and hang on to walls, chairs or whatever else is available. I cannot stand for more than five minutes and I can no longer sleep in my bed because of the pain in my legs. I have been confined basically to my recliner and have had to sleep there at night as well. I hate to take pain medication but it is now the only way I can function so I take Loritab (7.5/500) one or two, plus a valium plus lyrica plus prednisone....and that's just to get me functioning so I can get around.
I HATE this with a passion and am hoping and planning on turning it around with prayer and the help of an able surgeon. Yesterday I saw a show on PBS with Peggy Cappy who was doing yoga for arthritis that can be done from a chair or with the help of a chair so I went on her website and ordered all her CD's while they were 40% off. Maybe I can start in doing something simple like that. I hope so.
I'm glad to be back on line as I have missed it and would appreciate any prayers you can send my way for relief from the pain and a speedy appointment with the spine doctor. Take care and hope you all are doing better on your weight loss than I am at the present.
Will be writing Penney a note because I"m confused about the 60=day challenge. Are we starting over. Anyway, do any of you ladies know how to get the little "emoticon" in at different points in your post? I wanted to do so, but they always end up at the very end of my message even though I have my "up & down line" that shows where you are typing in the place that I want the "emoticon" to be, BUT always ends up at the end of the message. Any help you can give me will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.
Hugs and love to all,
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Phillipians 4:13 I can all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Joshua 24:15 But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. 2 Corinthians 4:8
Exodus 15:26 .....for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
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