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.
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.