Dodgy back…

Right then, a brief follow up to previous blog.

So, I need another op. Six years ago it was the L5/S1 vertebrae, this time it’s the next one up, L4/5. There’s a huge prolapse (bulge) of the disc pressing the nerve strings that affect my right leg causing severe pain down the side of my shin. I still cannot sit up for longer than a few minutes and, through twisting my body to try and escape the pain, it hurts like fuck in my hip, bum and foot.

Thanks to painkillers & alcohol I am actually sleeping ok but when I get up in the morning that means the painkillers have worn off and getting up to take more is tear inducing. I’ve now taken to setting reminders and following a carefully timed routine to maximise the effect of the pk’s because there have been times when the pain in the morning was too much.

However, MrsP & the bears are being fantastic. Looking after me brilliantly and keeping me entertained. So long as I shuffle around and don’t stand still I can cook, which I enjoy, and I am able to hobble as far as the school, shop & pub. Obviously I can’t stay in any of these places for long without getting deeply uncomfortable but at least I can get to them. I can’t drive.

LittleBear Finlay, being the sweetheart he is, accepted that we couldn’t do the skatepark etc for his birthday so we had a Lego movie party at home instead, with scooter races outside on the close.

The op will be first week of October with 4-6 weeks recovery. If it IS going to repair itself it will have done so by then but, frankly, that’s not going to happen. The worry is that it worsens, damaging my bladder control & sexual capabilities. Let’s not go anywhere with that…

So, I’m fine. Resting, writing, reading. Watching my kids play and cooking.

I didn’t need reminding to make the most of every moment and opportunity that comes our way, I live as full a life as I can on our budget, but I would say to those of you that do need reminding… There is only one now. You don’t know when something like this could happen to you and stop you in your tracks. Get out there and make the most of being able to do so. I’m so glad I grabbed what I did of the summer when I had chance…