This past month has been kind of rough. Xmas week I had the flu. This was followed by a urinary tract infection (rare in men I'm told but I'm diabetic). I'm taking antibiotics along with my pain meds (morphine, lyrica, vicodin).
My pain from my cervical DDD has gotten progressively worse in the past month as well and spread from my left hand-arm-shoulder to my right arm-hand-shoulder) and increased. I do see the second opinion neurosurgeon this coming Tuesday Jan 13th.
I do help with my daughter and our two grandsons (5 and 2 yrs old). My daughter has Multiple Sclerosis and has a hard time walking. I go with her every weekday morning in her Van to take her 5 yr old to school. That way she doesn't have to take the 2 year old along when she walks James to his classroom. I wait in the Van and watch our 2 year old grandson during this time.
I'd prefer to stay in bed longer. My 15 year old cat sarah (she is a beautiful tabby) wakes me up early (usually 6 am) because she wants to be fed a can. At that point I take a shower and get up.
Some of this routine plus all the pain progression gets very depressing. But I'm hanging in there.