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Yesterday was my first Physical Therapy session. Although it was more of an evaluation than a real session. I got there early and had to wait. I don't know what I was expecting, but the place is one big room with weight machines, cot-like tables, exercise bikes, etc. There was probably about 6 or 7 people in there all getting various types of physical therapy at once. It was kind of irritating. I don't want to do various exercises with other people staring at me! It's rather disconcerting! I guess it's probably the same anywhere, but it wasn't what I expected.
The physical therapist was nice enough. He actually went over my
MRI scans with me to show me what was going on. My doctor's office just kind of told me it was a pinched nerve and that was that. In fact, it's more than a pinched nerve. I have a herniated disc which one of the results of the herniated disk is the pinched nerve. Fun! Supposedly it's not too serious and the physical therapist told me that in 4-6 weeks I should feel "50% better". The remaining 50% will take time to just work out. Great... so I'll have pain of some sort for a long time! Lovely.. He told me to take it easy for the next couple of weeks and to not do anything that aggravates it. Again, great. Who the hell is going to mow my hayfield of a yard! The grass on one side is already 2 feet high! and I only have my reel mower and not a power one so I always have to go over every spot a few times. I can't even lift my weed whacker without the pain jumping sky high, but I guess I'm going to just have to mow it and aggravate the pain more because I don't have the money to hire someone to do it and no one seems to be willing to volunteer to help me out this year. I so can't wait to get out of this stupid house. I hate it more and more every day.
The physical therapist did give me a few stretches to do a few times each day. Although I have to say they actually make the pain worse! Right now I feel like my head is going to explode and my back and neck are in so much pain. I try not to take more than one
Vicodin a day, but today may need a 2nd one. Ow ow ow... One more hour to get through and then the long ride home... I could take a nap right now. My eyeballs don't want to stay open. zzzzzz....
Not too much else going on here. Work is the same as it has been. My new boss is still nice. C is still annoying at times. Today she wasn't bad although she called me this morning and so I answered "Hi C..." She said "Hi..." And then she waited as if I had called her. Eventually I said "What's up?"" And her big reply was "Nothing."
Ok, so why'd you call? sheesh. I think she wanted me to come up with some fun idea for lunch, but I wasn't in the mood to drive anywhere. We ended up just walking over to the cafeteria. Although I was kind of thinking about going for tacos again, but maybe that'll be good on Friday. Tomorrow is my 2nd physical therapy session and I was informed that it would be heat & massage followed by some exercises and then more heat and massage. Should be interesting.
Ok, I need to get up and move around or something... my back is killing me...

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This is one of these instances where the differences in health systems amaze me. Here, with a herniated disk, you'd be taken out of work for a couple of weeks, while getting full pay for 6 weeks. I hope you get better soon, even with everything that you need to do!

Ok,, that's it... I'm moving to Germany! I want 6 weeks off at full pay! I'd settle for 2...
Thanks.. tonight I'm feeling really crappy... I look forward to a massage tomorrow.

I was so shocked when I first heard about sick days. I was all, but what do you do if you're sick longer?! lol Our health system used to be better than now, but I have to say, I'll still take it over yours any day... :-/

I hope the massage helps!

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