You're sitting comfortably I hope, so I'll tell you what's happening in
my world. I understand if you don't like reading about health issues, medical
procedures, the downside of aging etc. . . . . especially when it involves someone
you may not know well, have never even met in person, or really don't care
to know personal things about. I don't blame you, that's a normal reaction, and
if you don't wish to know and are leaving this page right now, believe you me
I quite understand. However, don't want to alarm you here so be assured
the news is good!
the news is good!
That said however, over my almost eight long years of blogging I have made
many wonderful friends around the world. Some of you might want to know what's
going on, especially if I was to go missing for a bit. Quite a few of you I've met
on my travels. For the great pleasure of meeting you I've sometimes made changes
in my itinerary, or direction, just so I could get to see you, hug you, and spend
some time with you. . . . and it has truly always been worthwhile.
Well there is news! Good news and better news!
I do not require a hip replacement or any hip surgery whatsoever right now.
I'm still in a lot of pain and having difficulty sitting, bending, lying down. Getting out
of bed and moving in the morning finds me at my worst, but once moving for an
hour or so, I can walk/stand almost pain-free, for that I am very grateful.
After more tests, including a second MRI, we now know the pain is emanating
from my lower back, not my hip. Yes, these aging lumbar vertebrae are playing
havoc with my spine and compressing the nerves going through my left hip, thigh,
all the way to my ankle.
Historically arthritis in all its miserable forms has hit most members of
my family on my mother's side, so my diagnosis is not a huge surprise.
I was scheduled for major spinal surgery Thursday of this coming week. I will
save you the gory details of the procedure, but admit I was more than scared!
Having already missed the trip to Kenya this month, but with a still busy year planned
with many things to do and places to go, I was also concerned there was not enough
time for the weeks required for recuperation between a surgery and a trip. On Monday
my primary care physician insisted I get a second opinion from a neurosurgeon.
Yesterday I did just that and, lo and behold, surgery is now on the back burner,
instead I'll be trying a more conservative approach with an injection and physiotherapy.
Now that I feel a huge burden has been lifted, I already have more energy and am
ready to do what I can. Gardening, lifting and other 'back breaking' chores will not be
in my plans, but I will also be walking more, eating better, hopefully lose a few
pounds ready for Spring, and in April taking an exciting international trip with
hubby and friends.