In last Friday’s post ‘I still do my best‘, I wrote the following words –
Due to the pain I have experiencing since my surgery 3 months ago, I was referred to pain management at the Moffitt Cancer Center. This week I had an appointment with pain management to discuss the possibilities of relieving my pain. It was decided in the couple of weeks I will have 2 appointments to receive a Facet Injection in my lumbar spine. The injection helps to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. I am hoping these injections will provide the pain relief I want so I can reduce or even stop taking pain medications.
In today’ post I write the following words –
My first appointment to receive the Facet Injection is not until later this month. If you Google ‘Facet Injection’, you receive the following –
A cervical, thoracic or lumbar facet joint injection involves injecting a small amount of local anesthetic (numbing agent) and/or steroid medication, which can anesthetize the facet joints and block the pain.
I will be receiving the Facet Injection in my lumbar area as this is the origin of one of my pains. I also have a different pain that I believe is related to nerves and I am hoping the appointment next week with a Neurologist will help locate the source and find a way to reduce the effects it is having on me.
The tiredness and the pain still immerse my body and all the medications; and there a many of them, are helping me survive each day. Some days are better than others and on occasion Gary and I have ventured out and did some exploring around the area. I do tire easily and my walking these days is slow, very slow and with each step there is some level of pain that accompanies it. The longer the walking, the more the pain increases and the tiredness sets in.
Yesterday, I had my chemotherapy treatment and nothing out of the ordinary came from it. The next couple of days I most likely will sleep more than usual and that is what my body needs at this time. I do not have another treatment for several weeks – remember with this round, I take 2 weeks off between treatments.
Next week I see a Neurologist and I hope with that appointment to find the source of my nerve pain. I am also hoping to find some relieve from this pain without having to continue to take a great deal of pain medication.
Much is taking place these days as I try to live a life of quality. It is difficult some days and I feel I just exist with no purpose or drive to do anything of worth. I also feel that I am wasting Gary’s life, he deserves to live his life with quality and adventure and excitement and value. Me and my illness is preventing this, he is taking care of me and I am thankful he is in my life, I would not survive without him. But he deserves better, and I feel guilty.