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Paying a Price

I was at my Rehab Aqua exercise session today. I have to say, that over the years, just being in the water, walking, stretching but not much more helps so much.

I saw a person I havent seen in a long time (about 13 months and he is in his mid 70's ) He came back to the pool because his back was bothering him so much. He has sciatica due to some impingement with L4/L5. But because he has had several Staph infections after surgery before, is about 100 pounds overweight and a diabetic, the doctors do not want to perform the surgery that could help him with his back problem.

Thats a real tough one to deal with. There really aren't many options. But he has such an upbeat attitude about everything.
It is what it is and so I just have to accept that Now, I know that is so much easier for folks in their later years to say that vs someone in their early 20's.

This gentleman also talked to me about what he has been doing. He doesnt want to be a couch potato, he wants to be active and do what he can. Recently, his wife asked to have their bedroom painted. Instead of having someone do it, this man took it upon him self to do it.

He has too many restrictions, so the only way he could paint the room was by sitting on a rolling chair and using a long extension handle/brush to paint with. What could have been done in a day, took him a little over a week. The job was done, but then he paid the price. About 5 days, he could not do anything but lie in bed.

But, he told me, thats ok, I knew I was going to pay the price, but it was worth it!

Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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