And The Highlight Of My Day Was.....
Sunday, February 11, 2018
A trip to Walmart! Yes, you read that correctly, a trip to Wally World. Who would have thought that going to the store would be fun for me. I've been flat on my back for weeks now. Again.
The first week, I was wondering why this keeps happening to me. Did I do it to myself on purpose? No, I can't imagine anyone wanting the kind of pain that makes you sick to your stomach. But...it feels like this keeps happening.
The second week, I felt marginally better. I started to question why this is happening and I started to try to figure it out. I also began to make progress with PT and OT. I had a frank discussion with my primary doctor's partner and he expressed his concerns too.
The third week, I was having pain control issues. I had another appointment with my primary care doctor himself. We went over my blood work, which basically looked pretty good but my thyroid levels were way off, again. That would explain the fatigue I've bee feeling over the last four months. Initially, he thought it may be due to the trauma of falling and injuring my spine. Then he felt my thyroid and felt a bunch of nodules, with one being larger and more prominent than the rest. I will need to have an ultrasound done as soon as I can lay down long enough and still enough to get a good image. I'm trying not to go to gloom and doom mode here. I have a dear friend who had thyroid cancer a few years back from the same thing, so I'm trying not to let my thoughts go in that direction. I also need to have a dexascan to test for bone strength and an x-ray on both ankles to see if anything obvious is causing my ankles to twist.
What I did get from my doctor's visit was valuable information. Yay! We will try to experiment with ankle braces to see if they keep me more stable. This is a temporary solution to help with falls from ankles collapsing. We discussed my pain management which, up to this point, has been poor. We set up a schedule for taking a prescription medication. I will also use ice packs to help the pain. We discussed my total lack of appetite and subsequent weight loss (over ten pounds in two weeks). While I like the weight loss, it isn't conducive to healing a spinal fracture. I'm to increase protein as tolerated, continue with salads and try to add some carbs back into my eating plan. Sounds like a Spark People Plan to me!
So, here I am on Sunday. My pain is pretty well controlled with my new plan. I've been doing my PT and OT exercises and walking my laps in the house. My therapists have suggested several aids to use with self care. Hubby had no clue where to find them so, we scheduled a trip to Walmart! Other than going to the doctor's office, I haven't poked my nose out of the house. This trip to Wally World was exciting for me (really desperate right?). My walker, back brace and I, joined hubby in the car. Off we went! Hubby got me a cart and I was able to go in search of the items I need. It was great!
I took a one hour nap when we got home. I'm much more thankful for the small stuff.