If you've been following my experiences over the last year or so, you know that at times I've been in a right pickle.
Anyway, just to up-date you all (if you remember), I have been off work since I had the 2 level fusion last July. I did return to work in October, but after 2 weeks they sent me home. I've been on full pay ever since, which is such a relief, but of course, being stuck at home has done nothing for my confidence and I was in danger of turning into a 'blob' with not much to do.
Anyway, I went and saw my work's occupational health doctor earlier this week. He has suggested I have another 4 weeks off work to get acclimatised to the new medication (butrans patches) which I'm now back on unfortunately. My dose goes up again this Thursday and the doc thinks I should have time to fully adjust to this strong medication to make sure it doesn't impede my level of concentration etc. (Ha! My concentration level was at zero before I went back on the patches, but I didn't tell him that).
After that, I will return to work on a 4-week phased return. So there you have it - I am going back to work, there is a timescale in place now and I can see light at the end of the tunnel. I'll probably have some problems with my back because it comes with the nature of the job, but until I try it first, I'll never really know for sure. I'm the type of person who will try anything once, even if I fail, rather than not try it at all.
Also, I've committed myself to a 12 months contract by getting membership at the local swimming pool and gym. I'm being 'inducted' tomorrow morning and will have 2 further induction sessions before I can use the gym by myself. I will be given a programme tailored especially to me after we've discussed all the pro's and con's of using certain equipment and how they would be good/bad for my back etc. etc.
I'm really excited. I've been swimming tonight and done 30 lengths, which might not seem a lot to some of you, but I think it's really good for me personally. On Monday night I did FORTY - but it nearly killed me, ha!
Thanks for your positive support - although I don't always say it, Spine Health has been really good for me over the last few years. I know some of you have left SH and perhaps have come back, or have been here for years, or may be new to the forum, but you've all helped me out at times when our nearest and dearest haven't always understood what we've been going through. THANKS TO YOU ALL!!!!
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!