January 25, 2010
Back In the Saddle
I don't recall if I mentioned the fact I blew out my back in early December. Regardless if I did or didn't, suffice it to say the last seven weeks have been extraordinarily painful. For the first couple weeks, I couldn't even sit at my desk; instead, I was forced to work flat on my back or stomach.
The recovery has been slow - slower, in fact, than even my doctor speculated. (his timeline was 4-6 weeks - it's been 7 and my rebound still isn't complete) I have undergone several physical therapy sessions, visited my primary physician, and have also seen a specialist. Throughout it all, I winced at every co-pay, every dollar that had yet to be applied against my annual deductible, every penny of out-of-pocket costs, even though I knew it was all for my own good.
There were mornings I could hardly move, let alone get out of bed. Sometimes the pain was so intense I needed my wife to help me with putting my socks on, tieing my shoelaces, and getting in and out of the car. Embarrassing, humbling, ego-killing...all those words applied to my situation.
Little by little, I started healing. I started taking walks again, sometimes needing every bit of assistance from my trekking poles to take the pressure off my back. There were days I could walk two miles, there were days I couldn't walk two blocks.
Last Thursday, I had cortisone injected into my back. The effects of this take a few days, but I think it's safe to say it's working. Friday I was able to take a bike ride with my son around the little town we live in. Four miles - normally less than one of my typical jogs when I'm healthy, but it felt like I had finished the Tour de France. Sunday I got even bolder, and rode nine miles with minimal pain. Man, it felt good to be back in the saddle, in more ways than one.
About two years ago, I had a different injury when I hit a tree while skiing. I wrote about it in this blog, and compared my subsequent recovery to what I hoped would happen with the U.S. economy. Frankly, I didn't expect our economy to still be flagging a full two years after that entry. Nonetheless, time really does heal all wounds.
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