I talked with my Orthopedist’s PA the other day, and she confirmed what I already knew. The disks are bulging on the two cervical vertebrae that are degenerating, and that’s what is causing the pain and stiffness. She doesn’t want to make an anesthesiologist appointment to get an epidural there until I have a chance to talk to my Neurologist. I see him Wednesday. I did ask that she talk to my Neuro’s nurse, rather than expect me to relay messages. It seems that the ER did not send any information to him about my time in the ER in September, when I had the horrible drug interaction with a steroid shot. So his nurse was completely surprised to hear I had a bad reaction.
So, we’ll be going to the hospital to sign the release form to get the records to take to my Neuro.
I continue to be concerned and in prayer for several Parkie buddies on the PatientsLikeMe site, who have been diagnosed with skin cancers. One has Melanoma, and the other has Squamous Cell Cancer. Both were caught early, with every reason to believe they will be just fine. We are all praying for their recovery.
There is another woman on there who’s brother also has PD, who had unrelated surgery, and to quote her – “his brain is mush.” She said he has already tried to leave the hospital. When I thought I was going to have to have surgery back a few months ago, I learned all kinds of scary things about how difficult it is for PWP to have any kind of anesthesia without serious side effects. Also, it is very difficult to get hospitals to keep the PD meds coming on time. And that can mean the difference between being mobile and thinking normally, and not.
I wore my new “Sunday” shoes today, and I really like them. They help with my balance, they feel good on, and they are unobtrusive. I doubt if anyone has even noticed that I’m not wearing dress shoes. I don’t feel the least bit self conscious in them, so if someone has noticed them – I don’t care.
I am having one problem, though, that came unexpectedly. Last night I noticed a red itchy place on my wrist where the back of the Timex watch is against my skin. I had noticed that the skin was getting slick and shiny there a couple of weeks ago, so I started taking it off at night to go to sleep. Evidently I didn’t heed the warning in time, as I now have a nice round ringworm there. It’s been holding too much moisture against my skin, as it is fairly tight. It’s a big man size watch, and not particularly comfortable, but I was willing to tolerate it, because it is so helpful. I may end up taking the band off, and just keeping it in my pocket.
I have not been able to do much exercising for the last month, partly because of my neck, but mostly because my DH over did it and his Sciatica is acting up again. I’ve been so busy working on the requests on our Plush Memories blog that I have been sitting still more than I probably should be. I’ve not been doing the Tai Chi, either. I know I really need to get back with a scheduled exercise program, the way I was before.
So, some things improve, while other new aggravations begin. Not so different than what happens to everyone, right?