Update on My Health

I apologize for not getting right back to Isaiah, but I couldn’t think of a more efficient way to inform those who want to know what’s going on with me.  I promise, back to Isaiah tomorrow 🙂

So I saw the neurosurgeon this morning.  He cut right to the chase, which I truly appreciated. He put me on my right side on the examining table, and pressed on two spots that just about sent me through the roof. One was at my hip joint, the other on my SI joint (sacroiliac joint). Here’s a picture that will help you understand what’s going on:si-joint-dysfunction-image

The SI joints are the red areas.  It’s a pretty good sized joint, and ordinarily it is stable.  That is, it does not move. It joins the spine to the pelvic  bones, which of course needs to be very stable.

My problem, because of arthritic degenerating disc disease, is that the left SI joint has begun to weaken, allowing it to rub against the pelvic bone.  I want to tell you, the pain is most unpleasant, even debilitating. For six weeks, I’ve been inactive, taking pressure off the joint, so it feels better–until the doc pressed on it. Yikes.

So, I will be having  a simple but very effective procedure in which the doctor will  make a small incision right over the SI joint, where he will insert two screws that will immobilize the joint.  I will go home the same day, and there is a two-four week  recovery.during which I can sit, stand, walk, even do stairs.  No lifting, bending, or twisting, though.

The date for the procedure is January 10.  I had hoped it would be sooner, but God knows.  At this point, it looks as if I can plan on returning to work by the first of February.

I am so blessed for all the prayers and concerns that you have shared on my behalf these past several weeks.  Many of you I know only  because you read this blog. It is wonderful to have friends out there in cyberspace 🙂

So–more waiting.  Something I’ve never been very good at, but it’s unavoidable. God is teaching me patience, and I am thankful.

 

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14 thoughts on “Update on My Health

  1. I am sorry about the pain, I can’t even imagine it. Now,I feel blessed to have arthritis only in my knee. From time to time I do just have to rest it and keep it warm. Location, location, location! Let your daughter pamper you throughout the holiday season. 🙂

    1. She is ready and willing to do that. For the first time in my adult life I will not be doing Thanksgiving here. She always does Christmas, so that’s covered. Have to say, though, I don’t enjoy be useless 🙂

      1. I don’t think any of us want to be useless and you are not useless. Debby will find things for you to do and you can take the time to enjoy, truly enjoy being with the grand children and laughing with them, playing games, etc.
        I am currently without a car so friends, family and public transportation is now my transportation. Not an easy adjustment. I just have to look at it as an adventure! It is interesting how one can cope when up against a wall.

  2. Pam K. Witt

    Thought of you many times today and was praying that you would get the help that you needed. So sorry that you have to wait so long for the surgery. 😦 Praying that you will be able to make it through the next few months!

  3. RAELEEN NAIDU

    Hi Linda! Pat and I think of you often and so appreciate your posts. Praying for you during this waiting period until surgery. I too have the same problem, however am able to do ordinary things with no pain, just not everything; but I have been in that painful place. So thankful they can do simple surgery now! May God continue to hold you up and take you into greater depths of love and grace and mercy and understanding through this.
    In Christ…Raeleen

    1. Oh my goodness, how delightful to hear from you! I appreciate your encouragement. The good news is that the right-side lumbar herniations aren’t giving me any grief right now, and because of my limited activity I’m really not in a lot of pain. What a relief!

      I so appreciate your thoughts and prayers.

  4. Oh my Linda. So sorry to hear this, but so happy there is a solution. God Bless you lady. You are in my prayers. I totally understand what this degenerative arthritis does to our bodies. ❤

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