Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Back to the future...

We won't be heading to Arizona any time soon...maybe not even at all this year.  My back gave out Sunday September 24 and I have been laid up ever since.  We've been in and out of  more medical offices than I can remember. I've had the obligatory x-rays, MRI, etc. I have a major nerve that's being badly pinched by a bulging disk between the L3 and L4 vertebrae. There have been many times in the past two weeks when the pain has been Class 10.  Generally, I can't stand up for more than a minute or two and can't walk farther than from the house to the car or the car to a medical office. Pickleball is a distant fond memory.

So, there you have it in a nutshell.  We're staying here at our Idahome until the above medical issues can be resolved.  We do not know how long that process will take.  It could be weeks. It could be months.  We begin a treatment procedure Friday that may or may not work.  If it doesn't work then we will be recommended for back surgery.  Due to the location of the "pinch," surgery would be complex and require substantial time for physical therapy and rehab.

We have held off mentioning anything on Facebook about these new circumstances until we knew for certain that there was no way we'd be heading south according to our normal migration schedule.

Susun has been an awesome care giver since the very onset of these circumstances.  Clair is an Angel! THANK YOU, Sweetie Susun!  We both have a good attitude about our situation.  Interestingly, we're both excited about spending the entire winter here, if that's the way it works out.

We both believe everything happens for a positive purpose.  We're both looking forward to whatever our  new "back to the future" paradigm will bring.  We're Happy Campers even if we can't camp any more!

Our Dear Friends may have noticed that we've been posting more frequently on Facebook.  That's true.  It's because all we can do is sit here in front of the computer so additional posts are a natural outcome of such a circumstance.  We don't plan on putting many (if any) future posts about our medical condition. We figured we really needed to let our Dear Friends know we won't be soon showing up in Arizona. 

In case you're wondering, there was no specific incident or injury that brought on these circumstances. It wasn't pickleball related in any way. It just somehow appeared. The medical people we've talked with say that's the way it happens with many people.  Fickle finger of fate kinda stuff.


Anonymous said...

Believing for positive outcomes....patience and perseverance is key. Be living and grateful for each new day and adventure. Meet each new challenge with style and tenacity.

Robyn said...

If you get to a place where surgery is being looked at call me and we can talk. I have had both lumbar and cervical diskectomies.

Magpie said...

If we can help in any way with your AZ place let us know.