Throwback Thursday

I was going through some old blog posts after Cammy did a bit of history review and realize that 3 years ago was when I herniated the disk in my back.  I can’t believe it has been so long. It’s weird to think that morning I had no idea I was going to have an injury that I would still be affected by 3 years later.

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That still was the worst pain (I honestly will say it was agony) that I have ever experienced in my life and the recovery was really slow.  To this day, I still have some nerve damage, which has given me muscle weakness in my left leg and residual numbness along my knee.  Not to mention the twingey back.  🙄

Things that changed because of that?

I no longer run.  I did get back into running for a while, but then it just didn’t feel good anymore.  My back didn’t feel good and my thigh felt bad during and the next day after anything more than 1/2 a mile of running.  I kept trying to get back into it, but it just wasn’t happening.

I don’t feel invincible anymore.  Just because you are strong and fit doesn’t mean stuff can’t happen to you.  I am very aware of positions that put my back in jeopardy , such as twisting around in my seat when backing the car out of the driveway.

I had to learn to let myself be dependent on John.  I am normally Ms. Super Duper Independent, I can take care of myself thankyouverymuch.  However, I could barely walk and needed John to help me out a lot for a while.  He took very good care of me, too.

I now have a new PCP.  My doctor at that time really dropped the ball on my care by misdiagnosing it first as a pulled muscle and then basically giving me nothing but muscle relaxants and pain killers, which were doing hardly anything for the pain.  I took my rehab into my own hands.

You just never know what can happen.  I am lucky I didn’t need surgery – or maybe I did and will never know that, either.

I had to laugh at that picture because my hair is almost exactly the same length as it is now.  I keep cutting my hair and growing it out.   😆  Some things never change.

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15 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. Lisa

    I remember that! Man. I’ve been reading a long time. 🙂

    That sucks about your back and not getting into running again. That’s kind of where I’ve been for awhile now with my knees. 🙁 It’s a struggle for me to accept yet. I definitely don’t feel invincible anymore–that’s the hardest part.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Last Meal

    1. Lori Post author

      It really is hard to accept and why I kept trying and trying to run. Who knows – I probably will try again LOL!

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    Three years already? I remember you blogging your way through that. Or valiantly trying to. 🙂

    I joke about my pickleball knee, but it’s definitely affected my exercise. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do walking lunges with weights again. Oddly enough, that doesn’t really disappoint me. LOL But I do notice odd twinges here and there with it that make me wonder if I’ll ever get it fully functional again.
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..When Blog Posts Collide, Happiness Might Result

  3. debby

    Yes, I can hardly believe it was three years ago. I notice that when I am reading about someone else’s life via their blog, time passes a lot quicker than it probably does in real life. Like, when you did your bathroom redo, I couldn’t believe how fast you did that. But to you maybe it seemed longer. Anyway, I like your thoughts on not being invincible. Its like with the yard guy. I want him to do the heavy lifting and stuff. And part of me thinks, its like you never lifted weights at all.
    debby´s last blog post ..Springtime in the Garden

    1. Lori Post author

      The bathroom was actually a quick rehab – as rehabs go anyway 😀

      You are paying the yard guy, so go ahead and make him do the heavy stuff!

  4. Satu

    You really look like you are in pain in that picture! I used to have lots of pain in my low back but most of it was muscle-related.

    Even a little pain can make your misery. The more I weight train the less I have pain and the better I feel. 🙂

    I just ordered a new book: Strong Curves by Brett Contreras and Kellie Davis.
    Satu´s last blog post ..My Incredible Shrinking Belly

  5. Shelley B

    I think after spending so many years being overweight and sedentary, and then finally doing something positive about it, to get hurt at that point is such a shock…like “wait, I’m active and healthy now, this isn’t supposed to happen!” – it’s hard to have your body turn on you, I know.

    Can’t believe it was three years ago – I remember when it happened! And yeah, the lasting affects from an injury can be depressing when you realize that you turned a corner, not of your own volition, and can never get back to where you were.
    Shelley B´s last blog post ..Friday Mishmash

  6. Fran

    I remember this too, we’ve been internet friends for a long time now.

    Isn’t it weird that this still can bother you today? R. has the same with his broken foot a couple of years ago. Especially on Monday he is in a lot of pain because after the rest in the weekend, standing on his feet all day on Monday is hard on him. Besides that his foot hurts every day more or less. I can’t imagine that but I think you can.
    Fran´s last blog post ..Sunday April 14, 2013: I’m still here

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