Oh, my I am in heaven. My backache is minimal. First of all, thank you, Jackie Neiman, for suggesting some back exercises. The first one she suggested was what we call at yoga “the cat and the cow.” I should have thought of it myself. I know when women have back labor the nurses often have them up on their hands and knees to relieve the pain. So I got down on all fours, arched my back and then sagged, breathing in and out slowly. Amazing what a difference it made.
Then, when it came time for my tramadol, I told Jerry to double the dose. It really wasn’t doubling…I had forgotten we had halved the dose when we came home because I hadn’t seemed to need it. So what I found out was that if you don’t get a full dose, you may as well not get anything. Five milliliters of tramadol…nothing. Ten milliliters —a miracle. And it lasted six hours. For six hours I could put that cup of water down! I had the best night’s sleep since surgery. And when the tramadol wore off at 6:00 AM, I did the cat and the cow, turned on the heating pad and lasted until 8:00 when Jerry was up to play nurse again. Life is so good. (Jerry is really not playing nurse…he and Sean are the nurses)
Also, I forgot to say yesterday when I wrote about the biopsy results, that the doctor said that if they found no cancer cells in the samples from surgery, my odds for survival of at least five years would automatically go from 20% to 60%. Gets better and better, huh? I think I was in such pain yesterday that even though I was happy about the biopsy results it was like “Well that’s nice but my back is killing me at the moment. I’ll celebrate later.”
So today was good…full doses of tramadol, two walks outside AND yoga…I used one of my DVDs from Venice and did what I could. There’s lots I can’t do, there’s lots I didn’t do because I was being careful, but there also was plenty I could do or modify. As I said, life is good.
We all went out to sit by the pool this afternoon and read. Peaceful…beautiful… there were some annoying tiny little bugs that finally drove me inside but it still was just nice to be sitting by a pool.
I called Anderson to try to schedule acupuncture or a massage or both…first time I’ve seen them be inefficient. You need a doctor’s order…called my doctor’s nurse who said she’d put it right in (yesterday) but as of 1:00 today, they didn’t have it. Got busy and forgot to call the nurse to nag her…I know there are bigger concerns than mine that she’s dealing with and seeing as my back pain is under control at the moment, I let it go. I’ll try again tomorrow or Monday because, obviously, my goal is wean myself off the magic meds as soon as I can (but believe me, I’m not rushing anything)
I know I used this quote before but I like it so you’re getting it again.