Friday, February 27, 2015

The Boy Is UP!

Well, no, he's not back into race cars yet, but he is UP!  

After months of pain and lying flat, he finally had an MRI that showed the problem (stenosis of the hole in the spine that the sciatic nerve passes through on its way down the left leg) and a magic shot (epidural delivering lidocaine and steroid medication to the affected area) that has taken away most of the pain! His shin still tingles a bit and occasionally twinges, but he has regained his ease of movement and is joyously walking and driving again!  The whole procedure was done outpatient, and it only took about 15 minutes. He thought they were still numbing the area when the doc said, "Okay, all finished!"

Upon inspection at home, he had a bandaid over the needle hole and a big "Yes!" written with a flourish on his back, but nothing more to show for it. He can't swim for three days but he can shower, so all is right with his world.

His stamina is not what it was, but starting next week we will work on that. We figure we'll do water walking at the local pool for a week or so, then he will resume his water aerobics twice weekly and I will start swimming laps again.

He had the magic shot last Tuesday but I've been almost superstitious about reporting success too early.  Happily, I can now let my breath out and shout out, "The Boy is UP!"


Blogger Buzz Baylis said...

It is such a treat to be closer to 'normal'

Saturday, February 28, 2015  
Blogger Greg said...

Back in the race!

Saturday, February 28, 2015  
Blogger nancy namaste said...

Wonderful, wonderful news

Saturday, February 28, 2015  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, yes, exactly!

Nancy, the best news ever!

Sunday, March 01, 2015  
Blogger Diane said...

Such wonderful news!

Sunday, March 01, 2015  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Diane, yes, and now we need to hear similar news from you, please!

Sunday, March 01, 2015  
Blogger Katie Zeller said...

That's wonderful news. Mon mari is going in for an xray ths week - I hope he can have something done. It must be so nice to have him up and about again.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Katie, what kind of problem does ton mari have? I hope it's not sciatica, as that is miserable!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015  

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