Or an update on Marvin's back....
We felt encouraged after seeing the Physician's Assistant for our Spinal Doctor on Monday. She said that most of his problems are typical for someone his age. No great herniations but some flattening out that can cause the symptoms he was having. He does have a synovial cyst( fluid filled cyst) that could be causing the problems so he will have an epidural for that and he will start physical therapy.
Now for the Nurse Ratchet part. You might remember her from the movie, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, she was a MEAN nurse. Marvin often calls me that but hey, sometimes a mean nurse is called for. I told Marvin, since he does not have any great problems, he is to be up walking around once an hour. He will get weak if he sits in his chair all day. I also told him that from here on out, we both are going to have a certain amount of pain that is just part of the aging process.. We are doing to have to deal with it. I shared a tip with him that I often use if I am having pain...my old Lamaze breathing. Honestly I did not know that when I took Lamaze 37 years ago that the technique the instructor taught us for getting through labor is good for any kind of pain. I think it calms one down and redirects the brain a bit.
Today we will set up physical therapy appointments, schedule the epidural when we are called by the surgery center and we will try to focus on the positive. He no longer has pains shooting down his legs which I think is a step in the right direction. Our PA also arranged for Marvin to have a temporary Handicapped tag for his car. Now he can think about going back to work at the end of the week. He works at a huge facility and it is quite the walk from his car to his office. Being able to park near the entrance is a big help.
Thank you all for the prayers. I can tell you that I have felt them. I had a real peace yesterday that allowed me to focus on the task at hand instead of fretting and fuming. I think both Marvin and myself needed an attitude adjustment. Please pray that the treatment will work for Marvin and relieve some of the pain that has plagued him. Thankful this morning for all my prayer warriors.