Adding up the baby steps
Monday, March 19, 2012
This week, I am aiming for a few more hours at work. I am aiming to try working 4 days instead of three this week. My time has been extended (per doctor's permission) that I can work 5 hrs up to 6 hrs/ day 3-5 days per week. I haven't quite made it past 13 hrs per week yet, but this week will be the week, I am aiming for 15 this week. 3 hrs today, then 4 tomorrow, and 4+ on Thursday and Friday. When I get to 6 hours, I get a half hour paid lunch break and a 10 minute break. That will help. My physical therapy will be Tomorrow afternoon, and Thursday afternoon. I also have to make my visit to the allergist.
My orthopedic visit today: I wrote down lots of questions while I was at work (kept a note pad by me, and jotted things down as I thought of them). I actually got to ask all of them. I had my neck and lumbar spine x-rays. My neck has healed well, though I do not have full range of motion back, it is pretty good. My doctor was surprised my lumbar spine x-ray showed good bone growth, better than expected. All screws and hardware in place. My doctor released me for a little more work, though I may not be able to get back to full time. Time will tell.
Positive answers - I can now take NSAID's again, that should reduce my pain a lot without having to take something that will make me woozy at work. I can use the TENS daily if I have to, but no more than half an hour to an hour. My PT has been extended through the end of April. I can use our bath tub with the jets, if I can safely get in and out, and up and down out of it. He said try with my clothes on first, lol.
I still have restrictions for reaching up, climbing, ladders, confined spaces, crawling, and can't lift more than 5 lbs. (He doesn't know my cat.) I see him again in two months, for more lumbar x-rays and follow-up exam.
I read 1/2 of a book while at the doctor's office waiting. I was there well over two hours. My appointment was at 2:30, and we were finally in the car heading home after 5.
This morning I got on the scale to see whether or not anything budged, and it did. I lost one of the nasty pounds I had regained. One is better than none, and it is a good beginning. What comes after one lb? Two lbs.