Sliding into September

At long last — September is here!

I’ve always loved September. It’s the best month of the year. I mean, first off, it’s my birthday month. It’s also the start of the traditional school year, so it brings a sense of renewal. And importantly, it signals the end (or the “beginning of the end”) of summer.

This year, I’ve been anticipating its arrival with heightened interest due to my ongoing health crisis. It’s been just about 2 months since the sudden onset of incapacitating pain shooting down from my right hip through my thigh & knee, resulting in severe weakness. That was back on July 3, when we first started this newest of health adventures at the local ER.

The ER folks were helpful & informative, but could only refer us to our own PCP (primary care physician) to get a referral for a consult with spinal specialist. Thus began the trail of seeking and securing referrals, not always an easy task in our so-called “healthcare system” (more on that later in anther blog post).

When we did manage to get an appointment at the spinal center (up in Colorado Springs), it was for September 14 — 7 weeks away at the time. That started the waiting, which as Tom Petty tells us, “is the hardest part.”

Meanwhile, it’s a bit of a holding pattern with bi-weekly appointments at our PCP’s office. I’ve been in there 5 or 6 times so far with an assigned Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) monitoring my condition and pain medication regime. Eventually that led to a referral with a local pain management group that can offer additional pain relief possibilities. Now, I’ve got a handful of appointments with those folks moving forward.

We kicked September off yesterday with a follow-up to the initial referral to the pain management clinic. After a telemedicine patient education appointment next week, I’ll be ready to start physical therapy on the 19th. Hopefully, by then, we’ll also have the benefit of the insights from the spinal specialist as we seek a good path forward.

Any treatment path forward remains to be determined. My prognosis is still uncertain. I am still mostly incapacitated in terms of mobility. And still hopeful I can get most of my prior functionality restored.

And still excited about September!


About bullersbackporch

I am a native Austinite, a high-tech Luddite, lover of music, movies and stories and a born trainer-explainer.
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