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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

As the Back Turns

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.

10 comments:

Sandy said...

Good news that it isn't something real major. Keeping on and moving is the answer to lots of problems, but it is hard when you are in pain. Slow baby steps to that. Getting out for walks would be good. I think you can stay after him:) Hopefully, the physical therapy will get him started.
I will throw in a prayer for you as you try to help him.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm keeping you both in my prayers sweet friend. Hope today is much better! Hugs, Diane

Arlene Grimm said...

Our epidural is on Friday. I think Marvin feels it will leave him pain free and it could leave him pain free in the back but it will not cure achy knees and feet.

Mary Hutchins said...

Good to hear he doesn't have a major problem, but I'm sure that doesn't make his pain any less. He certainly does need to get up and move...easy to say, sometimes hard to do. Mr D says, "Growing old ain't for sissies!!"

Cranberry Morning said...

I sure hope that Marvin gets some relief from the epidural, Arlene. I think all of us need a Nurse Ratchet at times. And I've found out that it is true, as we age, we're just going to have to get used to pain - unless we want to be among the gazillion who are addicted to opioids. And who wants that! I'm convinced that moving is key for lots of things. Keep moving. For me, sitting is the worst! I hope Marvin sees considerable improvement. Keep at it, Arlene. God bless you. xo

Mari said...

I think you are a very good nurse for Marvin, and I think your support is just what the Dr ordered! I agree that you need to keep moving - and praying too!

Mrs.T said...

So true. Keep moving ... keep praying. Can he take ibuprofen? It may help with the achy knees and feet.

I must say, too, that when I eliminated gluten, my joint pain went away after about 6 weeks. He might want to give that a try? I was completely gluten free for several years. Now I can eat it if I choose, but if I overdo I notice it in my feet especially. I know I would feel better if I went back to never eating it.

Glad that his back problems, though painful, are not terribly serious. And so thankful he could get that temporary handicap tag. That will help take his mind off things, to return to work.

Linda said...

Arlene, I am so sorry I am just now catching up with you! I knew Marvin was having some pain back when y'all were at Grimmwood. It's good to hear that it is not going to be requiring surgery or really aggresive treatment - if I read this right.
I am sensitive to those suffering back pain because of my Summer. She had an MRI tonight and they are trying to get the pain level down so she can endure the PT that will be 4X a week. It starts tomorrow.
Please know I am thinking about and praying for you both. Things have been crazy here and I am not getting to visit you and my other friends as much as I would like. I hope you know I love and admire you and am grateful for your friendship and prayers and encouragement!
MOVE, Marvin, MOVE!!! Keep on moving.......

Terri D said...

My blogging friend, Linda Eller, get epidurals every 3-4 months for her sciatica pain. Glad it gave Marvin some relief. Yes, we do have to get used to our old bodies hurting more as we age. I have learned to ignore my knee pain most of the time. You just have to teach yourself to get over it, until you can't anymore. I'm still putting off knee re placement. Sending prayers!

Gina said...

Poor Marvin. I hope that the epidural gave him some relief from the pain. {{HUGS}}