Since my last blog post, I have had one physical therapy session and got fitted for and received my neck brace.
Not the prettiest accessory I have ever worn, but I guess if it helps, I will wear it. I am REALLY, REALLY, REALLY glad I don’t have to wear it all the time. I mostly have to wear it when I am driving because I do a lot of driving! I am on the road four days a week traveling lots of miles each of those days. I’m also supposed to wear it if I am doing excessive activity…whatever that means! I will tell you this, it forces you to use your whole body for doing things…kind of weird, but kind of cool.
As for physical therapy, I’ve only had one session because unfortunately, I came down with a real nasty cold. My first therapy session was Tuesday. It was real basic. The physical therapist asked a ton of questions, did some tests and then we did two types of traction therapy. It was WEIRD. (I’ll write more about that next week!) I have two scheduled for next week and I am actually looking forward to them. I was supposed to have another one this morning, but instead, I found myself in the doctor’s office. I didn’t make an appointment, but just the urgent call thing. When I went up to the desk to speak with the receptionist lady, I had a coughing attack. She made me put a mask on. I’ve never had that happen. Ever. Looking pretty cute, huh?
Turns out I have bronchitis…again. It really stinks, but gosh darn it, I get this a lot. And for now being what I consider a mostly healthy person, it gets kind of frustrating! I used to get pneumonia as a kid, not sure if that has anything to do with. I also used to be a smoker. WHICH….I am so happy to report that as of January 7 of this year it has been nine years since I quit. THANK GOD! I know that people who smoke or have smoked are more susceptible to bronchitis. Another reason to NEVER EVER start. Seriously, it sucks being sick and not being able to breathe. The good doc gave me the Z-pack (zithromax) and an inhaler. Mine was out. (I use an inhaler for running because a few years back, I found out I have exercise-induced asthma.) I hope the meds work quick, my hubby and I are headed to the cities for the weekend. Going to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre to see Fiddler on the Roof!
As for the injection I was supposed to Monday get for my herniated discs in my neck, I had to reschedule because the person who does the injections wasn’t going to be at the clinic. I am now going to get the injection tomorrow, Friday. I am actually going to be having it done in St. Cloud at CDI. My husband is coming with me, for which I am so very, very thankful. I am hoping they are going to actually let him come in the room with me because I am a scaredy cat when it comes to needles! I’m gonna need his soft, loving hand to hold!
I haven’t done any running…insert heavy sigh here. Prior to getting bronchitis, I’ve been spending time on the elliptical, the bike and a little time on the ARC trainer. And despite it being stupidly cold out, my husband and I have been doing some walking outside. Not much, though. Here’s a pic from last Saturday after we got done with a quick walk after we ate supper. On Saturdays, we usually have a date night where we make fun food and drink some wine. We usually go for a walk when we are done and this past Saturday was no exception, even though it was just a wee bit cold.
Yes, it was COLD!