Still struggling

Well, it’s been almost a week since my steroid injection.  I have to say that the pain down my leg is significantly better, but the pain in my back is, if anything, worse.  I’m finding it very hard to walk.  Getting up out of bed in the morning has become so much of a problem that I didn’t do it this morning.  I had my cell phone in my purse by the bed, so I simply called in to work and told them I wasn’t coming.  Then I took a muscle relaxer and went back to sleep.  I did get up before noon and managed to get a little quilting done.  I actually feel so much better when I’m standing up.  I’m considering sleeping in the recliner tonight.  At my age, one has a tendency to wake in the middle of the night with an urge to visit the bathroom.  Getting up and down is not easy.  I will talk to the doctor who did the injection tomorrow and see what he recommends.  I don’t know if I need to wait longer, try another shot, or if I’m going to eventually need surgery.  I don’t even want to think about that.  Well, actually, I have thought about it and I really don’t want to spend my summer laid up in a bed or not being able to go out and do fun things.  Then again, I guess I’m already in that situation.  ARGH.

On a brighter note, I have been trying to find a good-tasting (I suppose in proper English, that should be well-tasting, but I just don’t like the sound of it) protein drink.  I can’t drink soy protein, as I am highly allergic to it, and whey protein just has a nasty taste.  I liked it before my weight loss surgery, but now I can’t stand it.  Some folks in my weight loss group were talking about this stuff called Achiev One — concentrated milk protein.  It’s not all that expensive, but since it is a ready-to-drink product, the shipping is awful.  Well, one site had a good deal on it, but you had to buy five cases.  I ordered it and decided I would drink it no matter if I liked it or not.  Turns out I love it!  At least the first flavor I tried.  I had Cappuccino for lunch today.  It really does taste like an iced coffee drink.  Tomorrow I will try the Mocha Java.  It also comes in Hazelnut Creme and Vanilla Nut, but those didn’t sound as appealing to me.  It will be very helpful to have something that will boost my protein intake and be a satisfying snack or meal replacement.

I’ve designed an applique quilt, with some inspiration from my friend Ronda and the help of some Dover Design Books.  Now I have to gather some fabrics (I will try picking some stuff out of my stash, but I always think I’m saving that for something else) and then have a go at it.  I have my pattern all blown up and will take it with me to work tomorrow and try to find some break time to start tracing some pieces out onto freezer paper.  If I do end up laid up, at least I’ll have something to do with my hands.

Tomorrow starts the Olympic Trials in Eugene.  I have to make sure I have my UO ID card with me, or they won’t even let me into the parking lot so I can go to work!  8-0 I am determined that I will drag myself out of bed an into the office.  They don’t make pain pills for nothing, you know!  I imagine things will be fairly crazy around campus with all sorts of people coming to not only participate, but to watch.  Hopefully, we will still be able to conduct business. 

Well, off to bed.  I guess I will give sleeping in the recliner a try.

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