Happy news, my dear friend has come through the surgery that removed his lung, with flying colours. The doctor thinks they got all of the bad stuff out with it. My friend is in high spirits and doing well.
Bex’s Paul had a fall recently, and suffered a concussion, and is now under medical care for bleeding in the brain. I hope all is well for them both!
I escaped serious injury when I slipped, fell on my back, and went down the front porch steps last Sunday morning. I didn’t think anything was broken, but I was wrong. Last night I noticed that the pain from my fall was increasing. I decided better safe than sorry, so at 9 p.m. I headed for the hospital emergency department. They ignored the soft tissue injury, incredible bruising, and focused entirely on my bones. I guess soft tissue injury isn’t considered much of an emergency issue. Anyway, x-rays were taken, and revealed that I have fractured my tailbone. All my other bones were intact, which is great.
My tailbone was badly mangled during the birth of my oldest child, so I’ve been here before. I have severe arthritis in my tailbone as a result of that long ago experience. Sitting has been an issue for forty years. The doctor was apologetic, because there is no effective medical intervention, time and rubber donut to sit on were the only treatments he could recommend. I turned down the pain medication that was offered to me, I don’t take that unless I am desperate. The pain levels for a fractured tailbone, and serious bruising, are not in the desperate category, thank goodness. However, when I got home after midnight last night, my tailbone tailbone was throbbing from all the poking and prodding during the examination and x-rays, so I did take two regular strength Tylenol, and slept like a baby.
And that is my tale/tail of woe!
For anyone who has experienced issues with the coccyx, I will share a tip that changed my world. A surgeon who was consulted about my back, and indirectly about my coccyx, many years ago, suggested the Obus seat rather than a rubber donut, because is redistributes weight correctly. At that point the way I was sitting to avoid severe pain in the arthritic tailbone, was damaging other parts of my back, causing significant back pain issues, which is why the surgeon was consulted. I took his advice and bought an Obus seat. I am sitting on that first seat right now. After a few months my back pain began to recede, eventually becoming manageable without medication. All because of the Obus seat. If I sit without it, after twenty minutes my back pain returns, full blast, with debilitating muscle spasms. I carry an Obus seat with me at all times.
Date: 7:00 AM EDT Thursday 25 June 2015
Condition: Partly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.8 kPa
Visibility: 24 km
Wind: NE 12 km/h
“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
Charles M. Schulz
1922 – 2000