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.