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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Been Awhile. . .

Ok, I haven't posted in quite a while, now.  There are multiple reasons for this.  They are mostly just average, run of the mill reasons.  It's been busy.  At work, yes, but mostly in my personal life.  Also, I had a bit of a problem: injury.

I discovered, during the course of my injury and treatment, that I am one of those pain in the ass patients.  Not because I'm a jerk.  Not because I tell the docs and nurses what to do.

I'm a pain in the ass patient because I refuse to help myself.  Maybe because of my experience as an ER nurse, I don't know.  I started having lower back pain.  It felt like muscle soreness, and I work out, so I ignored it.  Then, it got worse.  I still ignored it and continued to go to work.  It got worse again.  I still went to work.  Of course, I'm not as effective when I have limited ability to lift, run around, etc.

I went out of town and the pain got to the point where I couldn't get up off my back.  I barely made it to the bathroom.  Finally, I acquiesced to my wife and family's urgings and went to the urgent care center down the street.  X-rays were done.  Pain medicine was given with instructions to take it easy until the pain got better.

I took my Vicodin and took it easy.  I felt bad about taking Vicodin.  I felt really bad about calling in sick to work.  But, honestly, it had to be done.  There's no way I would have been able to function efficiently.

I'm still hurting now, but I'm continuing to get a little better every day.  I'm at least functional now.  I've been going to work again for a few days.  And I'm glad to be back.


  1. Hey, glad you're back, and on the mend.
    Was about to send out an Internet Search Party.

    But do this right, hear?
    The one factoid from first semester nursing school that stuck like glue was that BACK INJURIES retire more nurses than the next 5 causes combined, something like 60+% of us.

    So don't fiddle around on this one, unless your band's record deal is about to come through, right?

    1. Taking that advice to heart, brother.