Just this past Tuesday, I had an appointment with my pain control doctor. Gave him the good news that I was feeling really good. I hadn’t needed a shot for nearly a year, was sleeping well, and having no major pain episodes. He was happy. I was happy.
On Wednesday, things went south in a hurry. I do not have the foggiest idea why.
I woke up with a nauseating, head-banging migraine. Haven’t had one of those in a long time. And then the old places in my back kicked in, and by Friday I was in trouble. We had an important birthday party Friday evening, so I took an extra pain pill. Didn’t want to be a wet blanket.
I’m allowed one pill every 6-8 hours, so I decided to do that. I haven’t been using my meds very much at all so this was a major decision. I also chose to make my bed my home for the weekend, and because of the meds I’m sleeping a lot. Starting to feel better, moving more easily. Just moving with extreme care. Keeping my cane handy. Having several conversations with the Lord.
I’ve gotten spoiled over this past year, relatively pain-free. It’s amazing what you can learn to live with, though, and since my old friend PAIN has reared its ugly head again, I’ve realized that, as the saying goes, eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. Freedom from pain, in this case.
I mean, it’s never 100% pain-free. There’s always a little aching, a little jab now and then to remind me that my lower back is still falling apart. But with care, mild exercise, continuing slow weight loss, I’m doing okay.
So this setback has shaken me up a bit. Reminded me of what can happen, with no warning. It’s also made me thankful for good medical care. Knowing that if it doesn’t settle down on its own I can probably get an injection keeps me hopeful, as well.
Anyway, that’s why I’m late with my Sunday Morning Coffee post. It’s almost 2:30 p.m. here in the Eastern Standard time zone. I’m feeling sleepy, but I don’t want to sleep too much now or I’ll be awake in the middle of the night.
Oh, and a Happy Father’s Day to all you dads. I hope you realize how important you are in the lives of your children and grandchildren.