Sunday, January 10, 2010

"Back" to catching up.. Surgery

Wow it has been quite a while since I have been on here... Well there hasnt been anything to post about any great runs dang it.. As most of you know who follow this. In August I was training for my first half marathon and ended up stress fracturing my hip and finding out I had 2 herniated discs in my back pinching my sciatic nerve.. Well come November my fracture finally healed. I no longer have any pains or problems with that thank heavens. It took 3 months to finally recover from that but I am still struggeling with my back..

I started back injections and physical therapy for it but unfortunatly it hasnt helped.. we had scheduled an appt. with a second neurosurgeon to get a second opinion, but before I could make the appnt. I had a big set back.. Last week I woke up and as soon as I got out of bed I knew it was going to be a pretty bad day. I walked to the bathroom and lifted the toilet lid and that movement pinched my nerve a good one and put me in horrible pain.. So I hobbled to the kitchen to take 20 mg of lortab and those of you who are familiar with pain med dosage this is an extremely high dose.. This is what the Dr, had prescribed me to take. So I have been taking this amount for a couple weeks.. Anyways I thought maybe a good hot shower would help relieve some of the pain so I got in but was miserable.. I couldnt even pick up my legs to soap them off or bend over or anything.. I just cried. So I got out and again I just slightly bent to grab a piece of T.P to wipe the tears and that movement about killed me.. It squeezed the nerve again and just near put me down.. So now on top of the horrible pain I was already in I was having these waves or spasms of the pinching pain as well traveling all the way down my leg and to my toes. My leg was completely numb from my knee to my toes.. It felt like I was walking on a stump..
I was so much in pain.. I cried out for my mom who was staying with us for the holidays or my hubby to come help me get dressed because I couldnt even move.. They got me dressed and put me into the car to go to the ER..

The ER was a whole nother story in itself.. Suffice to say it was the worse ER experience I have ever had.. the Dr.s forgot about me numerous times then admitted to lying to us on some test results because they had lost the results.. What a nightmare.. They ended up giving me 2 shots through the muscle in my arm of pain med plus a valium to try and quiet the waves or spasms and then ended up giving me an IV of pain medication before they finally sent me home after being there all day.. So as you can imagine with all that pain med on top of what I had already taken at home I was pretty high... As a result I think all the pain med ripped a hole in my guts... LOL I had to go off all pain meds for a while to see if I can get my stomach feeling better so it has been a rough week.. Also at the hospital they called and paged my neurosurgeon and he never bothered to call or come in..

So we called this new Dr. that we had previosly sched an appnt with for the second opinion to see if they could get me in sooner which he did.. And come to find out he was the Dr. that was on call for that day I spent in the ER and he was supposed to have been notified by the ER staff about me but never was. He said had he been called he would have dome surgery on me right then.. Dang I so wish we would have thought to have the ER call him.. We didnt even think about it because of we hadn's really met or seen him yet.. So anyways after meeting with him we have set to have surgery on Weds the 13th and I am so looking forward to it as bad as that sounds just so I can finally get some relief.. It has been such a horrible 5 months of being in pain and not enjoying life because of it.. Dont get me wrong I am very nervous about having back surgery but I am just praying it works and makes me better.. I want to be through with all this and get back to a normal life and hopefully eventually get back out running...

They told me I wont be running for probably 3 months. So I am hoping by May I will be back out there running and feeling the breeze against my face and getting my body back in shape and feeling good about myself again... It's been so long since I have been able to run I have dreams about running and how good it makes me feel and I cant wait until I really get to experience that again. It's crazy to think it will have been 9 months of completely no physical exercise. My body is so in withdrawls.. once I am post op 6 weeks I can start to bike and possibly do an eliptical machine so that is at least something to get me started and get my lungs built back up before I start running but it just doesn't give that high you get and feel when you run.. Owell at least it will be warming up by May so my runs will be nice..

Well here is hoping for a speedy recovery and that it will take care of everything and I will be back out there training for my first half once again....