Monday, March 18, 2019

My absence from the blog

To our loyal readers who may have noticed I haven't posted for a while, it's because I suffered a pretty bad back injury about a month ago that's been so painful at times it's hard for me to sit in front of the computer for any length of time. The injury wasn't the result of a single incident but rather a perfect storm of several contributing factors in early February that has left me flat on my back most of the time and using a walker the rest of the time. I previously had back surgery in May, 2011 (6 months after finishing chemotherapy as the result of a cancer diagnosis - yes, that was a year that really sucked) for congenital spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spaces in the spine that puts pressure on the nerves emanating from the spinal column). While this is usually a condition that afflicts elderly people, in my case I was born with smaller spaces between the vertebrae which got worse over time leading to seriously acute pain several years ago. But now the problem appears to be an additional stenosis coupled with age-related wear and tear on the spine, along with some bulging discs, the combination of which has lead to a veritable symphony of pain the likes of which I have never experienced in my life (and I'm someone whom doctors have said has a high tolerance for pain). Thanks to the infinite wisdom of my school's insurance plan, I was not eligible for pain relief treatment (like an epidural) until I first completed 4 weeks of physical therapy. That will happen later this week which means I can get my first epidural on Thursday. I'm sure hoping it works because I can't endure this much longer (among other things, I've lost about 8 to 10 lbs because the constant pain interferes with my appetite). The doctors will give the epidural a few tries but if that doesn't work, the next step is surgery (again) which I'd really like to avoid.   

Anyway, probably way more info than you care to know but I did want to explain my absence from the blog (a responsibility I take seriously) and why I'm not yet certain when I'll be back to blogging full time (even sitting long enough to do this short post makes my back throb). I especially want to thank my co-blogger Scott for holding down the fort during my temporary absence. 

To borrow the famous Schwarzenegger 80's movie-line, "I'll be back . . ." (but I don't know when).

Thanks for your patience and indulgence. 


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