Well, not technically in a saddle. Pretty sure that CGL would not be happy about that. I think he would be happy with my recent progress. I got to the pool today! I wasn't swimming, but I did 30 minutes of water walking and stretching. And then 10 minutes in the spa. LOVE that. After all the stress of the last month, getting back to a routine is nice.
I'll be going under the knife on October 22 at 11:30! This has been the fastest approval process I've had yet. I give credit to Dr. CGL's new office staff. Now I've got a week to get ready. Lots to do at work, not so much at home. Have to find bell substitute for my handbell choir... potentially for the Christmas concert. I'm so happy to have this set. Maybe by next spring I'll be out of pain!
Maybe not the bracelet that one might want however. Today was my (most recent) diagnostic SI joint injection. Dr. CGL believes that if I were to have a positive result - which would be a 50% or more reduction in pain during the diagnostic period - then SI fusion surgery would be indicated. I did have a blessedly low-pain period after the injection! And as a side note, never believe someone who is about to put a needle in the most painful part of your back when he says "you're going to feel a little pinch." I am fairly certain that Doc Brutus has never been stabbed in the back by his pain management doctor. Sadly, the diagnostic period is only a few hours. I now also have extra pain from the procedure itself. That pain will happily be going away in a couple of days - yea! So, the diagnostic injection worked. Not too surprising, since I've had this injection three times already. First thing tomorrow I'll be sending a message to Dr. CG
I've had a really good couple of weeks, activity-wise. I've managed to walk more than 11,000 steps each day this week, I've been to the pool twice and had an amazing massage. Pain-wise? Well, that's a big jump in activity, and I can totally feel it. I know that I need to get stronger, and to do that I need to move. And stretch. Being careful not to move the wrong way. I still have times when it is hard and I wonder if I'll ever get back to normal (whatever that is...). I feel like those times are fewer. Chronic pain is crap. Hot tea on a rainy day is nice though. Sometimes it's the little things.
Guess what I found out at the podiatrist today. Did you guess? I broke my *&^*^#+ foot. That's right. Left foot, second metatarsal. In a nice long diagonal break. 8 - 10 weeks in a boot. Lovely. I'm sure that will help my spine pain.