Wow… no blog posts since Feb. 19. Haha!
As I’m currently bored out of my mind and not super mobile (more on that below), here’s a recap of things seen or done since then.
Mid-December, I was doing part-time, overnight grunt work until experiencing a brand new injury that, to that point, I didn’t know was a thing: frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis.) It quickly became a problem, immobilizing my entire left arm.
My doc hit me with cortisone shots Dec. 20, which was also an experience…
I had been looking forward to getting the cortisone, thinking it would provide, if not immediate relief, some movement going forward. After a brief but only mildly unpleasant exam where he moved my arm around and probed for the area that was the sorest, he asked me to sit down and promptly jabbed a needle deep into my shoulder.
I felt the start of the third injection but the pain from the second was rather intense. So much so that the room started to spin… long story short, I woke up on the floor with someone’s sweater under my head. Please note, I don’t normally have an issue with needles and wasn’t even watching while he was doing it. The first one wasn’t even that bad.
Anyway, after a slow rise and even slower exit where I thought I was going down a couple more times, I got back to the car and we went to my sister’s place.
I wasn’t able to work until near the end of March but I actually recovered faster than I expected. The day after the shots, an Occupational Therapist friend of mine said, “Frozen shoulders usually start thawing after about 9 months or so, unless you catch them really early. Hang in there, it will return to normal.” Thankfully, it did and I returned to the overnight grunt job.
In short order, I came to realize how terrible that job was and how little they cared that I was back. So, I applied for and landed a new full-time job working days.
Until mid-June, I happily toiled away at the new job, gaining strength and dropping pounds along the way (broke through the 200 lb barrier, down from a high of 240) until missing a day and a half with vertigo. That was a new one, too. I thought for sure I was having a blood-sugar crash (Type 2 diabetic) but testing showed otherwise. Vertigo has to be one of the strangest health-related things I’ve had for sure; no pain but the world sure didn’t look right for a couple of days!
Now? The trifecta has apparently been completed because at the end of July, I woke up (on a day off to add insult to injury) and was unable to stand. Turns out my L4 herniated and, for what I believe is the fourth time in my life, leveled me with extreme pain and spasms. If you’ve never experienced back pain, count yourself among the lucky. Two paramedics administered laughing-gas (no, I didn’t laugh), rolled me onto a stretcher and delivered me to the ER in Kamloops. I was only there overnight and, since the next morning I could shuffle with a walker, received a morphine opioid, muscle relaxants and was told to go home.
I’m heading into week five of back pain but it’s improved considerably. I drove my car yesterday, being careful how I got in and out of it, but lifting anything with some weight to it is still out of the question. I’m doing physio and massage but it takes time.
I was able to get outside for the solar eclipse Aug. 21 and snagged a few photos. I don’t really have the gear for doing it up professional-like but was happy with what I got.
What makes being laid up especially annoying at present, is the almost unavoidable news coverage of what Trump is doing to dismantle and undermine the United States.
Heading into autumn, I’m hoping my very patient employer will soon have me back and I can resume contributing to the economy! I hope those reading are healthy and happy and have a 2017 story that isn’t as incident-riddled as mine so far!