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Hi Carl,
I know you don't feel like posting to us right now, but I thought I'd keep you up to date on what's going on, cause I know you care.

Well I finally had my doctor's appointment to find out why I had the setback. I didn't get any hard conclusive answer. Just that I probably strained a muscle, or a nerve is acting up from fluid pressure. They took another xray and all hardware is where it should be, phew! That was my biggest fear. I was told to start PT ASAP, can't get an appointment until 8/31....what's new ;) .

They might give my that Medrol dose pack that Elaine suggested, since I have to go back to work in 2 weeks. Which of course I'm pretty worried about. The doc said it actually be good for me to get my mind off the pain and back to my old life, which is really what I want. I have gotten better in the last week or so, but I'm not doing my mile walks everyday. Although, after wearing a pedometer all day at home I was surprised to find that I put on .5 miles just doing stuff around the house.

I have cut back on the length of time in between the Norcos, from every 3 hours to every 4-5 hours. I know, not that significant, but it feels like a big accomplishment to me. I've been cleared for driving as long as I'm not too doped up on pain meds. I don't feel dopey, I was on vicodin ES every day for so long, I think it doesn't effect me as much. My job is only 1 mile away, thank goodness.

I am curious about one thing you mentioned in your last post. If and when you ever want to answer the question. You mentioned anger at your boss for putting you in a dangerous postition. How exactly did you get hurt?

Anyway, Jenna just got up, so I'm going to go fix breakfast. Will keep you posted. Big hugs sweetie. :D

Aloha Julie, Elaine, onthemendnow, standingman (aka swimmingman), and hannasnana, :wave:

Wow…typed words or even spoken words for that matter, cannot express what I feel after reading all of your posts. Thank you!…Thank you!…Thank you! I am so sorry that I have not responded to all of your posts earlier, tonight is actually the first night that I have turned my computer on in two weeks. It has been a rough couple of weeks…(months...years...well you know what I mean) thank you all for all of your concern and kind words.

I do have some good news to report, and that is yesterday marks my two week anniversary for being morphine free…woo-hoo! :bouncing: I stopped taking my Avinza, this was on my own accord and I was worried that number 1, I wouldn’t be able to handle the pain, and number 2, my doctor would knock me into next month for not following his lead. Thankfully I was wrong on both counts. I seen my PM doctor last Friday and he was pleased to hear that I was doing ok without the Avinza, I still have to take my Vicodin and Neurontin, but I think I will be able to wean myself off of the Vicodin soon also. He released me for light duty work, although my lifetime lifting capacity is no more than 25 pounds...Oh Joy! But I know that my employer (check that...ex employer) will say that he does not have anything available for me (another Oh Joy!). So, hopefully, through my VR, I will start classes for computer certifications in October (yet another Oh Joy!) So...things are looking up.

I am almost certain that these narcotics have played a significant role in my cloudy mental state of late (you may have noticed already...but I am feeling a little better). I have been on those long acting narcos (Oxycontin 80 40 & 20mg, Avinza 60 & 30mg, Percocet, and Vicodin) for a long time, and the cold turkey withdrawal I had to go through (I just stopped taking them) was difficult to say the very least, but I made it through ok. It’s amazing how fast constipation can turn into diarrhea…the floodgates flung open faster than you could say Kaopectate! among many other unpleasantries I am still having to deal with a considerable amount of pain, but I think I am better off without the Ainza in the long run, at least I am hoping that this will be the case.

I touched on this before, and I have always realized how uplifting it was to read and post in this community, but reading all of your wonderful and inspirational posts in this thread tonight has had a profound effect on me, so like it or not….I am back :jester: . I still have a long way to go mind you, but with all of your help and encouragement I am optimistic that my baggage for this journey will be much lighter. I just hope that I can reciprocate some of the positive sentiments to all of you and others as graciously as you all have done for me.


P.S. Julie and Elaine, a special thanks to you for your many updates, thoughts and genuine concern, I cannot tell you how much that means to me…Thanks and Aloha! :angel:

P.P.S hannasnana, I will be over there soon and see what I can think of to post there, thank you for your prayers :angel:

Carl, I can't tell you what it did for my morning to see your post! I weight just lifted off my heart :)

Dude, you sound fantastic :D . I am so glad to hear you are getting off the heavy duty meds. The fact that you did it yourself, you should be extraordinarily proud of. That is no easy task. And boy can I relate on the "floodgates." I had to quit taking Vicodin 1 month before my surgery, so my doc could manage my pain after surgery. I too experienced the same thing.
I'm sorry you're still in so much pain, but hopefully your body's own endorphins will start to function better now and the pain will subside.

As for your ex-employer -- *&(^ him, how unladylike of me to say, but succinct ;). I don't know what your old job was, but really the way you previously described your new one, it sounds very promising for the future. Besides, you're great with people.

Look upon your weightlifting prohibitions as a gift, as in, "Pal, I'd love to help you move, but gosh, I can't, doctor's orders." ;)

Anyway big, big cyberhug to you my friend! Welcome back.