Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sciatica begone! - Dig that slush on the streets!
New Directions has a Top Doc list managed by Angie. She, more than anyone, knows the importance of a good doctor since, like many of us, she was served by a truly awful psychiatrist. Her story is in the latest Compass. When I met w/the head of the Bucks County Mental Health agency, I mentioned to her the name of this very unpopular and cruel doctor.
Angie apprised me of Healthgrades.com, an online service that rates doctors by patient recommendations. I entered the name of my current sciatica doctor - a rheumatologist - who got top ratings, but didn't help me at all.
I found someone else who got even better ratings and is within driving distance so I may see her if my condition doesn't clear up.
I was really frustrated last nite that I've been crippled since October 15. Today is Month 3. I'm gonna get a lifesaving kidney operation - possibly in April - but what will it matter if I wake up from the operation and my leg is still in agony?
I googled Sciatica Exercises and found some on SpineHealth.com. At 3 in the morning, as snow or rain tinkled on the roof, I watched a video of 5 separate exercises - by physical therapist Ron Miller from Wisconsin - for people with my back problems.
At last there was hope! I'd done exercises before but was dismayed by all the pain I was in. Shit, I said, I'm gonna do them anyway. So I lay in bed and did a series of exercises.
Shockingly, when I awoke this morning, there was a significant diminishment of pain.
I also learned how to sit correctly at the computer. The screen is eye-level, my legs planted firmly on the ground. I will arise from the computer every 10 minutes b/c our bodies and our backs need to get blood flow and nutrients which are hampered in the sitting position.
Yes, I did my research last nite. I will not be a victim anymore!
Bill Dixon from state Rep Tom Murt's office is helping me write a grant for New Directions. We discussed the crazy weather outside. My street has waves of slush in the middle. When I walked outside my clogs crinkled thru the odd slushy inch or two on my sidewalk.
Looks like trees are encased in diamonds
What a relief that I won't have to pay my Keystone Health Plan East bill anymore
When I told Sandy, the ins. lady, I was going off cuz I'm now covered by Medicare, she said, Well, Ruth, you still have three days before Medicare kicks in. I think you should protect yourself by paying the next month's premium - of nearly $600.
No thank you, I said, I'll take my chances.
Looking around my living room now - I'm typing on the couch - I'll tell you the most wonderful thing I see. But it can't be insured.
Icicles - click twice on image to see them in their full melting glor