Wednesday, 3/19 On a better track
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
It's been a good news kind of day...
My pain doc was as wonderful as he can be today. My appointment was a bit slow, but I knew he made them to "fit me in." He did injections in both of my SI joints, and they were a lot easier to deal with than the caudal injections he gave me earlier this year. I was crawling out of my skin by the time I got in there because I forgot to change my patch when I got dressed, and I hadn't had my most recent dose of oral meds because I didn't bring them in with me. It was pretty rough, but the injections helped a lot. They are sore and bruised feeling right now.
I went from there to my Weight Watcher's meeting. I'm pleased that I lost another 2.8 pounds and now have lost a total of 6 pounds. If I am to reach a proper BMI for my current height, I really need to lose another 31 pounds. That sure doesn't seem possible, given what else I have lost, but it is so. Losing height made this all a bit crazy--and I know that if I have surgery as safely, but I know I can lose part of it with determination. I am also working overtime now to build up my cardio and my strengthening because recovery will go easier if my core is in tip top shape before the surgery.
I'm on my way to doing all I can for myself in whatever time I have remaining. If my surgery doesn't happen until after the wedding, so be it--but I don't know if I will be able to manage my pain very well for so long. I can use the time for self-care, but it will be hard to hang on. I guess if truth be known, waiting until September might be best for the work of my job, but it won't be best for the use of my remaining sick leave. I need the summer break days to cut down on how much sick leave that I will be short.
I simply have to be patient until I see the doctor next week to know what is going to be my next activity. It isn't easy. I check my University medical chart regularly for any updates, but it seems as if the doctor is waiting until I have the CT scans done on the 28th. I asked if he would have enough time to evaluate the information before I see him the same morning and I was told that since it is in-house, he is counting on that. I did have Mayo Clinic send him the MRI that I had done there and I checked to make sure that yes, he does have that as well. I think that he has everything available from me that is possible (or he will have after the CT scans.)
It's full steam ahead!
Today, I have a 4 hour meeting at central administration to develop the training I will be providing to our grades 3-6 teachers. I also have an appointment with my psychologist who is helping me to vent and plan for what is coming and he is helping me to deal with a lot of stress that is in my world. I don't know what I would do without him--and my other support people like my pain doc. I have a really good medical team.
It's time for me to get ready for my day. In my spare moments, I need to put together the afghan I am donating to our school fundraiser. The lady that won it in the silent auction paid a lot of money for it. I donated it as custom made and it is in shades of blue and white. It's going to be one of my favorite projects.
Take care everyone!!