God, I thought I had had a bum deal but some of you guys have been through hell!
I was 39 yrs, 11 months and 1 week old and booked to go to Paris for my 40th b/day when one morning I woke up and couldn't put my right heel on the ground. Spent my 40th having all sorts of tests and finally ruled out the nasties to be told that the damage that was in my spine was something they wouldn't expect to see in that of a 60 yr old.
11 mths of physio 3 x times per week, traction 2 x times a week and hydrotherapy 2 x times per week, 6 mths of morphene (addicted after about 8 weeks) and epidural injections I could no longer walk at all and had my spine fused. Weaned myself off the morphene over the following two weeks (I HATED the stuff) and then proceeded to take 2 years to get to the point where I was comfortable ....as long as I don't sit - I either lay down or stand/walk. Can't drive for anything longer than 20 mins and even so my son tells me I am one cool mama because my seat is so far reclined!
Saw the specialist in Nov, 09 (now 6 yrs since falling off that perch) and the next disk is now in serious decline which was to be expected, so no surprise. I stretch, walk, bend at the knees, apply heat, see physio for massage weekly. acupuncture fortnightly and take a nerve recepter blocker daily for the nerve damage that resulted because I left having the surgery for too long as my Dad died 5 months into the process and I wasn't able to plan anything post Dad's death for some time. Also take mersyndol daily, and mobic. I still have bouts of being bed bound every three months so but I know if I lay perfectly still for a week or two at a time, the inflamation subsides and I can get out of bed again some time soon.
But.....this turkey ain't going to get me down completely. I do what I can (which includes no housework lol) but I can stand and cook or iron. And I have become very proficient at laying down with my note book on my chest and doing the work I need to attend to.
I had to give up paid employment, however I now import product from New York and send it straight to auction here in Aus, all via my notebook! (lol have to do something to pay for the peis )!!!
The hardest thing is not being able to be left alone with my 15 mth old grand daughter as I can't lift or carry her. And......exchanging my most precious collection of high heels and little business suits for trackies and runners!!
I have worked out how to get the dogs in the back of the car by "helping" them put their paws up and then pushing their bum in and all in all I don't cry over the spilt milk.....I wait for someone else to clean it up lol
Delighted to have had the benefits that resulted from the first surgery, (being able to walk is such a plus!!!) not so delighted at the prospect of the next surgery - at least the recovery time.
I think if I had to choose just 5 methods of pain relief I would choose nerve receptor blockers (daily), acupuncture (fortnightly), massage (weekly), mersyndol (daily) and either heat or mobic (anti inflammatory) 1-3 times a week. Nothing in particular and everything in moderation.....as my dear Dad would to say - Happy NY Dad xxx......and to everyone else out there tonight!
Oh Shar...I have no idea what to say other than
I got your pm by the way, lovely and informative! I will reply when I've done a little more of my own research and I compile my questions.
SPRV - you have had it ALOT worse than me - hope things pick up and your next recovery time isn't too bad.
Oh no! I didn't write what I did for you to think I was feeling sorry for myself!! Far from it!!! I wrote it quite unemotionally (well, with the exception of Dad) to let you know to try everything for pain relief and IF the only option is surgery, that's OK too as long as you keep your chin up!!
Funny thing for me is, I was a very "busy" person. I used to consider I led the life of three people. I NEEDED a wake up call, I NEEDED to slow down and smell the roses. I am so grateful my back went (lol) and that I didn't have a heart attack as that was the road I was on as....a single parent of 4 teens, sales manager of a major Japanese corporation, lots of out of hours job commitments, work travel, and I was also on the executive commitee for a youth org in those days. So busy I didn't have to think about "me" if that makes any sense.
Now I am more than content to lead the life of 3/4's. Limited but MOST enjoyable.
But yes....3am DGP, you are right on the nose there lol!
i personally find places like this amazing. Ppl constantly fall into the trap of feeling so alone with their problems, diseases and ailments, and don't want to comment in fear of being labelled whiners or whingers, which is silly IMO.
It is great to talk about these sort of things because it helps others realise they are not alone, and there are always others out there in a worse boat, yet dealing with things amirably. That attitude helps lift others.
Thanks SPRV for your excellent post. Even more for your incredible attitude.
Shar, you a true inspiration. I hope I can learn to be as optimistic about my condition as you are.
DA thanks for your kind words also, it is all too easy to become consumed in our own "nasties" (I can CERTAINLY understand how this happens), but what's the point. One of the greatest lessons I have learnt in my life has in fact been...... "things change".....short and simple!
Happy New Year girls, may 2010 be your best yet!! xx
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