Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"You know you're getting old when you bend down to tie your shoelaces and then think about what else you might do while you're down there." - George Burns

It's been a couple of weeks since I last posted anything.  At the time of my last post, I was doing quite poorly; my back was a constant throbbing and cramping that kept me from doing much.  Even walking forty or fifty feet required me to sit or lean against something to get some relief.
Back on the 13th I had an appointment with a pain-management specialist, and have gotten some relief.  I was given some steroid injections in some of the L vertebrae, and in the S-1 vertebra, along with some Lidocane.  The Lidocane helped somewhat with the immediate pain, but I was somewhat dizzy afterwards and had to be driven home.  Over the past few days the intensity of the pain has lowered considerably, even after the Lidocane wore off.  The pain is still there, but nowhere near as bad as it was, and seems to be abating still.  I still have a lot of stiffness in my back from my waist to my shoulderblades, but I am able to ignore it in most cases.  For about a week after the treatment, I had sort of a low level buzz going on, just enough to keep me from sleeping well, but not enough to make me feel active.  I'll be getting some more treatments next month, and hopefully will improve even further.  Now that I have a little more mobility, I hope to get out and do more photography, and maybe get more sleep.  Lack of sleep tends to make me feel fuzzy, and I have a hard time posting when I am feeling burnt out.  I am able to walk more, and have started doing some light work with weights.
Thanks for having patience with me and showing up here.


Qadhdhafi is finally gone; I doubt if anyone will miss him much.  I just hope we don't get mixed up in that mess in Libya; from the sound of it, the new government will probably be just as bad, if not worse.  They are planning to run it according to Sharia law, which is about as backwards and barbaric as they come. 


The OWS protests are reminding me of the ones I used to see in the sixties; probably the same sort of people.  There were some idealists out there back then, but most of them didn't have a clue what they were talking about.  The rest of them were basically out for free stuff, and getting stoned and laid.
I've been seeing some ugly stuff happening at these OWS happenings, and I think it's going to get worse before this is over.

Any favorites in this bunch?  A lot of older ones in there.

"Something's Gotta Give" by Christian Kane
"Ribbon of Darkness" by Marty Robbins
"Chelsea Morning" by Judy Collins
"Just for Love" by Quicksilver Messenger Service
"Brown Sugar" by The Rolling Stones
"Mr. Bad Example" by Warren Zevon
"Yesterday's Gone" by Chad and Jeremy
"Twilight Zone" by Golden Earring
"Solitary Man" by Neil Diamond
"Squeeze Box" by The Who


terri said...

I can tell you're feeling better just by the detail in which you described your back issues and treatments. I think that's the most you've said about it in a long time. Glad you've found some relief and hope you continue to improve. I always enjoy your photos and would love to see more.

LeeAnn said...

My dad's been having back issues for quite a while now, and deals with it far less successfully than you. His approach is to whine my mom into submission, far as we can tell. We have no idea what he's trying to accomplish, but the upside is Mom goes to her gym much more often.
I'm glad your way is working so well, as I bet your family is too. :)

Bob G. said...

Sorry to hear about those ongoing back problems. I know my (later) mother had arthritis in her back and there were times she had tears in her eyes from the pain.

I hope you;re getting some relief with your treatments.

And I agree with you re: the OWSers.
Reminds me of the flick" WILD IN THE STREETS.
(and that was suppsoed to be a parody)

That's a pretty decent songlist you got there, too.

Stay safe out there.

BobG said...

terri: I'm hoping to get out an take more pictures.

LeeAnn: there have been times when a person feels like giving up (especially after 30+ years of constant pain), but a person has to take the bull by the horns sooner or later.

Bob G: I'm doing better than I was, hopefully it will continue.
I remember that movie; saw it at the theater when it first came out.
Glad you like the tunes.

PISSED said...

Glad to hear that things seem to be turning the corner for you :)

thanks for stopping by and visiting when you do!


BobG said...

Pissed: thanks for the good wishes. I usually drop by your blog every day.