The good news is there is no sign of metastatic disease or tumors in my spine. The bad news is that one of the degenerative “sightings” has expressed itself. It’s identity, “herniated disc.” As a “public service” informative links are provided below. But always consult a physician first if you experience any of the symptoms. Or call 911 if you know you can’t sit or drive.
911 has responded to my calls far too many times! But thank goodness they are ready and rapid. My only complaint was that the driver kept my insurance card. The replacement arrived quickly so not a big deal. Oh, one more comment, the ride to the emergency room was too short for the IV morphine to take effect. I was given a half dose, but could have use the entire amount.
At this post, I am able to stand straight without pain. Thanks to the physical therapists I have a new repertoire of stretching exercises.A new daily routine. It has become apparent that the previous stretches I was doing were good – just not enough. The front of my right leg from knee to thigh is still numb. The neurosurgeon assures me that it will gradually improve. He is confident that recovery will continue on current regime of therapy and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) if needed.
What do you do to keep yourself entertained and inquisitive during sick/down time? I have expanded my circle of things to do in surprising ways.
The easiest is my discovery of www.boomerradio.com. “The way radio used to be.” There are several genres from which to choose, something for everyone. I encourage anyone who used to know the words to all the songs, sang along because you understood the words-to give a listen. Not that I can tell you how to do this, but there are apps available for your phone(s) as well.
A recently made friend suddenly needed a place to stay during a life regrouping event. It was a casual question; did I know anyone with an extra room available. As it happens, until my snow birding family members find their way back here for the winter, I have three rooms available. Now, there are two rooms available….
We are roommates extraordinaire! To protect the identity of this person, I will christen said friend, AD. AD is a multi-talented individual, including a film reviewer. So far, I have been invited to attend two screenings with AD. Both of the films were excellent – in different ways.
The Pawn Sacrifice is exceptional. Tobey Maguire plays Bobby Fischer http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-ca-mn-pawn-sacrifice-production-20150913-story.html.
During his day as a champion chess player, I was familiar with the name, Bobby Fischer. Once he fell out of fame, I didn’t give much thought to him or his disappearance. Tobey does a superb job portraying the not-so-subtle traits of a person spiraling through major mental illness. Novice that I am, I think he will receive a big nod from the Oscar committee. The entire cast does a great job. You need not be a chess aficionado to appreciate the biographical portrayal. It is worth a box of popcorn and a drink.
Last night’s screening was Black Mass featuring Johnny Depp in a character role like none other on his resume; beloved Boston mobster. He is impressive in the role. The film is intense. At times it moves a little slowly. I didn’t count the number of mob murders; most of them occur quickly without focusing on the gore. A couple of the hits are uncomfortable to watch. It is based on the lives of actual Boston gang members. Not a designated “chick flick” but girls may find it interesting. Especially if you think that your husband has quirks…this may help reignite your appreciation/affection for him!
Another of AD’s good roommate traits; French (in France) cooking school graduate. Enjoys cooking. My frozen entree phase is fast falling to the wayside. I have always claimed that I cancook, I just prefer not to. However, I have produced some tasty dishes. Guilt cooking. Cooking for more than just one (myself)justifies my willingness to pull out the pans and necessary utensils. I’m getting in touch with my inner chef!
AD is a slightly older, better traveled, more skilled contemporary. Health wise, the weekly pill boxes contain way more than mine. Some age related conditions among the myriad of maladies. However, I convinced AD to allow me to use my healing hands techniques. First it was a knee. Surprised and amazed by the simplicity of touch and the successful result; I am building confidence in my “gift.” AD welcomes the phenomenon of energy healing.
Neither of us has a lot of hair. We use the same color; already shared a root touch-up! How much better does it get!