So, I heard from Ebony, Dr. McCarthy’s nurse today. She was calling with the date for my epidural steroid injection. It’s been scheduled a week later than Dr. McCarthy wanted, thus pushing progress on my surgery back by another week. I’m not thrilled about this. The further it’s pushed back, the longer I have to live in constant fear and dread of the surgery. It also means living in pain another week. Plus, the more the surgery is pushed back, the closer the surgery will be to Thanksgiving. I was really hoping to be back to a semi-normal state by Thanksgiving, since we have family coming in and it’s really the beginning of my favorite time of year. I didn’t want to be inhibited or incapacitated for Thanksgiving, as I usually do a lot of the cooking. I do that because I love it! I love all the cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving, and I really don’t want to be forced into a sideline seat due to surgery.
My mom was also hoping to have my help with the cooking, as the majority of the cooking responsibilities fall on her. I don’t want her to be stuck with the majority of the work this year. The main reason, though, is of course to not spend Thanksgiving in pain.
The pain today was pretty bad, but tolerable. The medication I’m taking is helping pretty well. The only problem is, it’s a narcotic and I really don’t want to depend on narcotic pain relievers to ease the back pain. Unfortunately nothing else has helped so far, as we’ve tried practically every anti-inflammatory medication there is. I’ve also taken several rounds of steroids all to no avail. That’s another reason I’m ready to get this surgery behind me in hopes it will lead to not needing to rely on pain medication of any kind just to get through the day.