Just a short blog today to give you a quick update. As I mentioned a few days ago, I have lived with chronic back pain for most of my adult life, a result of an injury I got when I was in the Army. It usually flares up a couple of times a year and gives me a few bad days and then eases off to the dull ache that I live with all the time. But for the last several weeks it’s been getting worse and worse.
I went to the VA Medical Clinic in Daytona Beach last week and they gave me muscle relaxers and pain pills, and set me up for some physical therapy, which won’t begin until next month. The pills they gave me didn’t even take the edge off the pain, which continued to increase until the point that when I sat down at my desk on Saturday night to write yesterday’s blog I instantly had a jolt of pure agony so intense that I just about screamed. Or maybe I did scream, I’m not sure.
But I made enough noise that Terry came running to see what was wrong with me. The pain and nausea were so bad that I told her I couldn’t write and asked her to call Greg White and ask him to post something for me, which he did. Thanks Greg, I owe you once again.
It is about 20 feet from my desk through my little office and our bedroom to our bathroom, and with Terry helping me and using a cane, it took almost an hour to get there. Seriously, that’s how slow I was moving. I would take a shuffling step or two and then have to stop and just stand there and wait until the nausea passed and the pain and shaking subsided enough to try again.
Once in the bathroom, Terry had to get in the shower and help me bathe because I could not move. But at least I had my sense of humor, because I remember telling her that in any other situation I might find it erotic. Just not last night.
Yesterday was pretty much staying still as much as possible, except for hobbling to the bathroom and back. With the help of some heavy duty pain meds left over from a medical issue three or four years ago, I was able to get through the day. I really hate taking any kind of drugs, but I was desperate for some relief.
Today I have an appointment with a local chiropractor that comes very highly recommended. If that doesn’t help, I’m going back to the VA and telling them that we have to do something else because what we’ve been doing so far isn’t working.
Thank you all for your blog comments, emails, messages, and good thoughts. I really appreciate them. I’ll keep you updated on how things progress, and hopefully have a full blog for you tomorrow.
Congratulations Michael Massino, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of Big Lake Blizzard, the fourth book in my Big Lake mystery series. We had 60 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Maybe if we overpaid teachers and underpaid rappers there would be smarter kids and less obnoxious music.