I want to thank the many of you who kindly offered support and sympathy in response to the recent newsletter about my problem with chronic pain. My case of lumbar spinal stenosis sometimes gives me an aching back but more commonly either weakens or sends a lot of sharp pain down my right leg. This time it happens to be an especially disabling pain that just won’t go away. I am hobbling about with the aid of a cane but find it hard to get much done or focus on anything for long. Even producing a weekly newsletter has proven to be difficult, and I have to suspend its publication for another couple of weeks.
I’m waiting now to discuss the results of an MRI with a neurologist and to find out if an operation might be necessary to relieve pressure on the nerve root. I wish I could speed up their process, but medical bureaucracy takes its own sweet time. If you’re interested, here’s a background piece on lumbar stenosis.
Fortunately, I continue to be free of problems with depression. In fact, I’m excited about starting a new writing venture into fiction. This will take me away from blogging about depression for a while but only because blogging has brought me so far in healing that I want to focus on what lies ahead rather than all that I have been through in the past.
I’ll talk more about this change when I have a bit less pain to deal with and can get back to a regular writing schedule. In the meantime, here are a couple of posts by Dick Sederquist about his experience with spinal stenosis, and about the day his post-surgery pain broke, as well as an inspiring piece by Dan Lukasik about resilience. These have been helpful to read in the past week.
Thank you all for your support.