Update on my back troubles…
6 weeks ago, everything changed suddenly when I found myself stricken with severe sciatic pain shooting down from my hip to my thigh. Since then, I’ve been mostly incapacitated. My mobility remains seriously compromised while we await the next step in this medical journey, an initial consultation with a specialist at a spinal center, September 14.
Sometimes, it feels more like slow-moving medieval quest.
Meanwhile, my life slides along in a state of semi-suspended animation. Mostly, my day-to-day life consists of symptom management. Mostly, that means ongoing monitoring of my pain relief regimen.
And that means settling more fully into my homemade “hospital suite.”
Welcome to my world. I’ve got all the comforts of home — easily within reach: “work” table (with chair), and “bedroom” (floor pad with a moveable pile of pillows). This scene comprises 80% of my current daily life.
I’ve also been dealing with several related issues, such as constipation (both from the injury and the medications) as well as trying to juggle episodes of napping with restlessness to catch enough sleep
Of greatest concern currently is my blood pressure. Though I’ve never experienced any prior health issues due to elevated blood pressure problems, I’m currently getting blood pressure readings that might delay any surgery. That is, they probably would refuse to preform surgery on me at this point until we can get that blood pressure down. Working on by upping my blood pressure pills but we might need additional interventions.
Meanwhile, my most recent visit to my local practitioner yielded a referral to a local pain management clinic next week. Maybe they can provide some additional relief of the ongoing pain before that spinal specialist appointment in 4 weeks.
Another half-step on the long road to eventual recovery. Wish me luck!