Four Week Anniversary of My Surgery

Four Week Anniversary of My Surgery

So far, there hasn’t been a miraculous change. Tomorrow I have another follow-up and then hopefully I’ll be sent to physical therapy, where we can make this surgery a success. Rah!Rah!Rah! I hope. Hey, the incision has healed like a champ. I only have a few little scabs left on it and usually it doesn’t hurt at all if I lean against. So I’m back to sitting normally on the couch and in the car, and I can lean back in bed. I still have leg pain (but not as much), I still have bladder problems (some days are great, some are not), and my body suddenly wants to retain every bit of fluid that enters it (’cept yesterday’s stuff, ‘nuf said). My feet are rounded, like a caveman. My…
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Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Stitches ‘B’ Gone

Today is my first follow-up appointment with the surgery. I’ll be getting my stitches out and hopefully finding out how they think the surgery went. Right now I mostly feel the same as I did before the surgery - some leg pain, a teeny bit of back pain, some bladder issues, but without any sciatica. I’m hoping the other problems (they do seem a bit lessened) may be affected by an irritated nerve that’s recovering from the surgery, and from having disc cooties touching it for so long. If so, then I can look forward to more healing. If not, then I’ll have to work hard in physical therapy and strengthen my back to help prevent future problems. Oh, today I got a scary bill from the lab that did…
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Medical Bills Rolling In

Medical Bills Rolling In

In the mail today, we got the surgery statement from the insurance company and the bill from the pain management doctor. From what we could decode, my (selective nerve root block ) injections were $7000...EACH! Had I known, I would’ve just gone straight to surgery, or at least stopped after the first one didn’t do much good. Okay, I understand that he has to pay all of the assistants and give money to the surgery center, but it was like a production line, with at least several of us at a time waiting with IVs in our arms. The procedure took maybe five minutes of his time. Let’s be generous and give him more time. Still, he’s billing $35,000+/hour. An HOUR. My surgery was $19,000. I’ve had more than $40,000…
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I Have A Heart

I Have A Heart

It’s true, I heard it. It sounds like the ocean, funnily enough. Anyway, I had the ECG and it doesn’t look like the heart murmur is anything serious. The tech is sending the results to a cardiologist for a final look-see and I’ll probably hear something next week. It’s a good thing I made my pre-op test appointment early or my surgery would’ve had to have been moved and then the timing would’ve been all messed up for Leigh-Ann’s brother’s visit. Surgery schmurgery, we have to be healthy enough to play tourist for a few days.
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Started My Old Lady Drug Today

Started My Old Lady Drug Today

I started the Oxytrol today to see if it could help my overactive bladder that’s caused by the herniated disc. It’s two patches a week and they cost $10 a piece. Gah, that’s pricey. I put the first patch on this morning and so far my bladder doesn’t seem any better. I’m experiencing a few side effects too, like dry throat, sleepiness, and occasional slight wooziness. They’ve mostly gone away as the patch has had more time to work. Ugh, this has turned into one of the bad pain days. A sharp shooting pain in my right, uh, cheek. The pain pills don’t work very well, but I hope it can take the edge off it. I’ll be happy when the surgery is done. Even when people say the surgery…
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Ack! Pain!

Ack! Pain!

I guess the few days of activity decided to catch up to me today. Whoo, shooting pains from my hip to my calf while walking down the stairs. You know, just when you question whether or not surgery is the right decision, the reality smacks you in the face and says, “Duh, of course it is.” I’m so sad that my stronger pain meds won’t be in until tomorrow. So very sad. I’m also sad that we couldn’t go out for lunch with Helly & Alan before they went home, but hopefully Vegas did itself proud and they’ll want to come back soon. I’m now off to ice myself or take some drugs or moan quietly in the corner or something.
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Once, Twice, Thrice, Four Times Not Pregnant

Once, Twice, Thrice, Four Times Not Pregnant

I set up an appointment for tomorrow to get my pre-surgical tests done. I can’t believe it, but I have to take another pregnancy test. That’ll be four in the past three months. Really people, I’m gay and monogamous, I swear. I don’t want to pee in a cup anymore. Not to mention, I’m 41 and have a herniated disc, I don’t want to be pregnant. I like kids, I do, but sometime in the past ten years I realized that I was going to have to like other people’s kids. Anyway, tomorrow I get a chest x-ray, blood tests, an EKG, etc. I’m surprised that the local Urgent Care place has all that equipment. It’s not one of those hospital-like Urgent Cares, just a regular doctor’s office that takes…
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Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News, I Got A Bad Case Of…

Doctor, Doctor, Gimme The News, I Got A Bad Case Of…

a slight heart murmur. I got through all of my other lab tests swimmingly (ha! the pregnancy test was a blood test this time - most excellent) and not until the very last thing, when the doctor used his mighty stethoscope did he say, “Hey, you have a slight heart murmur and you need an echocardiogram. Can you come in on Saturday? Don’t worry, it probably won’t delay your surgery.” Hmmm, “probably”? Okay, just one more test. At least no more blood - I don’t think I have any left. The good news - this doctor is five minutes away. It’s an Urgent Care facility, so it’s mostly walk-ins, therefore easier to get an appointment. He has all sorts of fancy equipment, and he accepts my insurance and can be…
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Omigawd!

Omigawd!

We lost our modem for over three hours. Horrors! And then, and then, and then, they were going to send a technician to our house between eight and ten tomorrow morning. To come inside the house. I’d have to clean and get up early, for the cable guy. The first tech person told us that it was only our connection that was gone. When we called back to ask a question, they’d found out that “only us” was a couple hundred other households. Even though I’d known that our connection was back for about twenty minutes, it was lovely to get the call from the cable company cancelling our tech visit for the morning. Yay! I’m just so not in the mood to have anyone come over. I’m tired and…
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Nothing That A Little Lottery Win Wouldn’t Solve

Nothing That A Little Lottery Win Wouldn’t Solve

Let’s see, I feel nauseous, anxious, panicky, depressed and anti-social. I’m in pain, can’t get a job, and keep getting new medical bills. The only part of the day that I find mildly entertaining is when the kittens do something cute. Okay, that’s fairly often, but still… So, how does one recover from life paralysis? I don’t even feel like blogging anymore. And oh, by the way, sitting in front of us at the Wranglers game on Saturday, “Dewey” from Malcolm in the Middle. Seems like a nice boy. It’s too bad the Leafs can’t play like the Wranglers. See, I don’t even care about paragraphs anymore. Although, I do still care about apostrophes, which is why I had to write to the new Red Rock Station hotel/casino about their…
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