Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Hump Day!

Well today I went to the Neurosurgeon in Bellingham to see what he can do about my back. I was told three years ago that I might end up with surgery because I have degenerative disc disease with bone spurs that aggravate the muscles when inflamed. At times the pain is so excrutiating that I cannot get out of bed and walk to the bathroom without screaming in agony. Last month was one of those occasions, and I ended up at home for a week taking narcotic pain pills! (They are great, but not really what I should be taking with my addictive history) The inflamation subsided and now I am just in everyday pain. It is not going to improve. I have to learn to live with it.
The doctor nearly cried with me. He said the pain does not sound like nerve damage but muscular. In other words, "Fibromyalgia" as people like to call it today. I get sickly and exhausted and then the pain sets in and I am down for at least a week. I am going to a specialist in Anacortes who specializes in sports medicine rehabilitation. If I can't beat it, I might as well try to learn to live with it and do something about it! I have 11 more years to work before I can retire, and I cannot become a disabled person!! I REFUSE!!!! He told me that if I could get access to a swimming pool it would be a great way to exercise. We have a pool 10 miles away but I work, and the hours are just not compatible to working folks.

Gads, I feel like the Hurricane is coming ashore here! I have been watching the news and anticipating the storm and have the lanterns ready and water jugs filled! Oh, I always have that stuff! Oh well it is always good to be prepared for any disaster!! I pray nobody gets hurt or loses their homes!

I don't have any funny things or anything interesting to say so I will close with this
thought for the day:

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

Until tomorrow...

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