I went to see the neurosurgeon on Thursday for my post-operative checkup.
I like Dr. Lesiuk. I like him as a person, and as a doctor. He showed me my MRI on the screen and explained what was going on in my spine.
There are two reasons I’m still in pain. One is scar tissue, and the other is that the same disk has herniated further since the surgery. He doesn’t want to operate again, at least not right away, because while surgery would help with the herniation, it would likely cause more scarring. So…the plan is to wait and see. Some of the problem might resolve on its own in a couple of months. If not, we’ll look at other options, like spinal injections.
I asked him about exercise. He said only low-impact stuff, but not to push it. Listen to my body, take it easy, don’t overdo it, don’t push through pain.
Which means I’ve been overdoing it. I’ve been pushing through pain while walking.
I stopped taking prescription painkillers a couple of weeks ago, but I’m still taking anti-inflammatories (Arthrotec) for the pain. The combination of painkillers and anti-inflammatories did control the pain almost completely, but it had its drawbacks. It was expensive, hard on the digestive system, and I was more likely to further injure myself because my brain wasn’t receiving pain signals when I was pushing too hard. Which is kind of a weird concept…is the pain still there if you can’t feel it?
I’m disappointed that the surgery didn’t cure me, but I’m grateful for the fact that it did help. Last night GC and I went to Lee Valley Tools, and my leg was hurting. But then GC reminded me that the last time we were at Lee Valley Tools, back in July, I was in excruciating pain. I’m happy to just be in plain old non-excruciating pain now.
That’s about all the news on the back front.
What else have I got? Just some random stuff.
We went to the Hit & Run show at Le Petite Mort Gallery last night, and saw an original Astronaut Love Triangle piece! That was kind of thrilling.
Winter didn’t mess around this year. It waited til the last minute and then swooped down like it meant business. I like this new approach.
I’ve been doing some contract work which has been keeping me pretty busy the last couple weeks. I like working at home. I need more contract work so I can keep working at home.
I’m reading The Book Thief. I’m knitting a sock. I baked Blueberry Cinnamon muffins.
Every year at this time the boxes of tiny, easily peeled seedless oranges appear in the grocery stores and I can never remember which are better, the Clementines or the Mandarins. This year I’m recording it here for Future Zoom. The Mandarins are definitely better. Much, much better. Buy the Mandarins.