Grieve Reprieve

July 11, 2008

Incredibly, Bowie rallied enough to receive a temporary stay of execution. The Ex will keep an eye on Bo-Bo, and re-evaluate the situation on a daily basis.   (An aside about the nickname, “Bo-Bo.”  Oddly enough, I also call Penny “Pen-Pen,” and Ellie is “Bell-Bell,” which evolved from “Ellie Belly.”  When she was little, my daughter, Leigh, was “Lee-Lee.”  I wonder why I do that…)  Anyway, it appears that the grieving can be put off for a little while longer.

In other news, I had an appointment with Dr. Spine Specialist on Wednesday.  I only had to sit in the waiting room for about 15 minutes before the nurse called me in, but then I waited for another half an hour in the examining room.  After he finally got around to seeing me, the doctor expressed surprise that I had Epidural Steroid injections.  Apparently, he referred me to pain management for Sacroiliac joint injections.   HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! I went through that agony for nothing!

Unbelievable, huh?  Dr. SS suggested that I discuss SI injections when I see the pain management specialist later this month.  You bet I will.

He also recommended a “TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulator).  The guy who handles that was busy with another patient, so I was told to go back to the waiting room until he was ready for me.  I sat there for half an hour.  Finally, the guy called me in and said he had to go get a unit to demonstrate how to use it.  He said he’d be right back.  Half an hour later, I got up and walked out.  I left him a note with my phone number.  He has not contacted me.

When I got home, I got started on the “lasagna gardening.”  I was out there for three hours, working on just one side of the lawn.  The heat was oppressive, and I was so weak and dizzy I actually keeled over.  I didn’t black out, but I did fall down.  That was my cue to pack it in.  Stupidly, I went back out the following morning to work on the other side of the lawn.  Since then, the lower back pain has been excruciating.

Thank goodness for my sister’s swimming pool.

If I have to be resting, it might as well be on a float surrounded by refreshing water.  I’m getting too much sun, but that should take care of my Vitamin D deficiency, at any rate…

Reading:  Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Song of the Day:  Aching Back by Michael Pacholek (A parody of The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black)

I see a line of pills, supposed to help my back
with aspirin and steroids, ease my coughing hack.
I pop ’em in my mouth and wash ’em down away.
Doesn’t work, my muscles ache, they hurt me every day.

11 Responses to “Grieve Reprieve”

  1. Carol said

    I am beginning to think that we need to find a good shaman rather than the medical people we have.
    Sorry that you have to go through this.
    That pool looks great.

  2. Nancy said

    Ha! I have a pet rabbit I call “Bun Bun”
    so you are not alone!

  3. Stefani said

    My thing is I add boo-boo to names. It started with Boo Radley, from a family favorite movie To Kill a Mockingbird. Mom and Gretchen and I still call each other Boo and Boo-boo. I sometimes call Reggi Boo-Boo Dog or the cats Boo-Boo Kitty. Simon is Boo-Bear. (I’m sure he’ll love me posting this on the Internet. Not that he’ll know . . . ) 🙂

  4. Betty Lou said

    So sorry about what you are going through. Maybe it would be a good idea to put in writing TO THE DOCTORS (with a copy to an attorney) of all the mistakes, and the waiting time, that they have made you go through. That usually scares them enough that they start paying attention.

  5. LeAnn said

    I’m so happy for Bowie!! He has a right to live a long long happy life!! I hope he’s around for years to come. My mother has always either called me Le or LeLe. My dog Frank, is either Lanky or Puppy Baby, Norton, is called Old Bull by Billy cause he looks like a bull dog and I call him Nordon and Nortimer Snurd. I hope you get the pain management thing worked out and your sister’s pool looks sooo inviting!!

  6. Sunshyn said

    Stephanie. You cannot garden like that. Cannot. What are you thinking? Get help! I hope you at least stretch before and after… I’ve had SI injections. Not sure if they helped. RF ablation helped the most with my lower back, and probably would have done the trick if not for my stupid loose hip. RF (radiofrequency) ablation kills the nerve ending, sometimes permanently. The more steroids they put in there, the more chance you will lose the ability to walk someday. I have a TENS unit. It used to help, but it stopped working for me. My current shoulder PT puts it on me under first heat and then ice, for 20 minutes each, and that does wonders. No one ever suggested that treatment for my lower back. Just a thought. If you ever get your TENS, I mean. You will have to follow up and follow up, apparently. Whatever you do, don’t loan your TENS to idiot men who thing they can use it for their sexual pleasure. They will be very sorry. You might laugh your head off, though, come to think of it. Other men who have tried this can warn them, but they will still try it. TENS stands for transdermal electro nerve stimulator, for those who don’t know.

  7. Sunshyn said

    Think, not thing. Sorry…

  8. Bex said

    A sign of relief for BoBo, god-bless-him. I tend to add “ie” onto the ends of my pets’ names…currently Kip (which husband said is his ONLY name) I call Kippie. To me, since he’s been here since he was a wee bairn, he is my darlin’ Kippie… and none other!

  9. debbie said

    geez, stephanie ! watch your act out in the heat, will ya ? stop scaring me like that. speaking of scared, you heard about johns scare, didnt you ? long time no talk to, been thinking of you. from debbie and chubby ( bubby ) and silly ( sally ), lol. oh, sweetheart, too. she says hi. the cat, not the old man, ha ha ha !

  10. Glad Bowie rallied. It is funny…one of the kidlets in my Ducks class is named Ellie..and what do I call her??? Ellie Bellie! Even some of the other kids call her that now!

    And you need to stop that gardening…are you crazy????

  11. You be careful with yourself while gardening and being out when it is so humid. Good for you with leaving a note for the doctor. I would have left him a bill for the time you had to wait for him.

    mz. em

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