Honestly, today I just waned to curl into a ball and tell them to wake me up when I was all better. The pain in my back was excruciating and the meds weren’t touching it. They ordered a pain pump (where you can press a button and get meds every ten minutes) and a lidocaine patch but nothing was working. I tried meditation, visualization, prayer, whimpering, moaning…nothing worked. Problem was that I needed to do breathing exercises and get up and walk and with my back pain, I was non-functional.
Finally, about 2:00, I decided I HAD to walk. It’s a major production…unhook all the lines, get an extra johnny so I don’t moon the world, have a nurse walk with me…and when I stood up, I got shooting pains in front in addition to the back pain. I almost called it quits…figured I’d bag the walking for today. Nicole, my nurse, was all for it. She didn’t think I’d make out the door I looked so pathetic. But I took at deep breath and told them I’d give it a try.
Miracle of miracles… as soon as I was out walking, the pain went away….front and back. Seriously…no pain. I have been pain free for two hours now and I am a new woman. Haven’t pushed the pain pump, can move around without wincing…I haven’t been this happy in days. From now on, if the back pain comes back, I’m just going to get up and walk. It’s the only thing that has worked but wow, did it ever work perfectly.
So all is well. Everything is going well. Slowly but surely, they’re taking away “stuff”…the cords are driving everyone nuts. Too many and they get so tangled especially when I go walking or have to go down to x-ray. It’s a sign of progress every time they take away a cord or IV line. One of these days, they’ll ALL be gone except the feeding tube. I’ve graduated from sugar water to formula…delicious!
Jerry and Erin have been here all day. We laugh, we talk, we take a break and Erin does some work. They went down to lunch and I took a nap. I’m sending them back to Anne’s soon so they can relax. I know these days are exhausting for them.