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My lengthy absence.

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On the morning of Saturday January 20, I awoke with such excruciating pain in my lower back, I couldn't walk or stand upright. So I went back to bed, where, for the better part of the next month, I stayed, trying to find a comfortable position (no easy task). I was essentially crippled, and nothing short of morphine would help alleviate the pain.

The results of an MRI showed extreme herniations of all five lumbar disks, pinching the root nerve, which caused additional severe pain from the accompanying sciatica. For nearly a month, I spent about 40% of my time on elbows and knees, the only way to unpinch the nerve. In the middle of February, I received the first of what will most likely be three cortisone injections. It helped relieve the pain a bit, and I was able to give up the morphine (in favor of oxycodone), but I was still pretty much bed-ridden, brain dead, and with no interest or ability to move. I couldn't even sit at the computer for more then five minutes without needing to return to being either horizontal or on all fours.

Last night, I received my second epidural. I am now able to sit and stand upright without much pain. And I'm finally through with the narcotic pain medicine. I'll be getting a third injection next month, but at least I'm now able to begin catching up on two months of missed life (including two months of emails).

I apologize for any inconveniences or problems my absence has caused anyone. I'm just now beginning to catch up, so please be a little patient with me for the next couple of weeks.

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Updated 03-30-2013 at 08:30 AM by milladrive

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  1. Captain Cold Nose's Avatar
    I could not put it better than what Mister B said.
  2. milladrive's Avatar
    You folks are simply awesome!! Thank you all so much for the well wishes, shared experiences, advice, and, of course, the levity. You're all terrific people and friends.

    I had updated the staff, but I hadn't realized there were so many folks commenting here. I'm happy to say, the update is a good one. I received the third injection a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I've felt -- for the first time in nearly a decade -- as healthy as a race horse! I even lost a whopping 35 pounds in the two months I was bed-ridden, so I'm finally within 15-20 pounds shy of being my ideal weight.

    As a result of finally being pain-free and closer to what I want to weigh -- not to mention, reconnecting with a woman I dated when we were teenagers 30 years ago -- not only am I happier than I've been in I-don't-remember-how-long -- I've begun a new healthier lifestyle. I've not undergone any official physical therapy, but I've begun taking regular walks four times a week. I think I'll eventually upgrade to a bicycle, but, for now, walking and sex seem to help quite a bit.

    So, after nearly losing my left leg rock climbing in the Grand Canyon in '07 and the full 18-month recovery (which took a LOT of physical therapy), herniating three neck disks in an '09 traffic accident (and those epidurals), and this latest affliction (which would flare up every so often over the past decade), I finally feel great!!

    Thanks again to all of you. I knew there was a reason I love this place.