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Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 02:03 PM
I finally made it back to the yard last night. As my back is injured it was a long and miserable ride. This morning I could barely walk at all. Getting dressed was an unbelievable experience of pain and comedy as I struggled to put on my socks without being able to actually bend over. If it hadn't hurt so much it would have been hilarious.

I went to the ER this morning where I received an injection of pain killer and prescriptions for percocet, motrin, and valium as a muscle relaxer. I never knew valium was a muscle relaxer. She said since the flexeril hadn't helped, valium was stronger and should help more.

I have an appointment for a follow up with the doctor my company uses tomorrow morning. They're talking about possible physical therapy, an MRI to check for any disc damage, and it's starting to sound like I may not be getting back to work nearly as soon as I want to. I really, really hate not being able to work, and so do my bill collectors. I am NOT the couch potato type and dearly hate this sort of thing.

I'm checked into a hotel at least until Monday. Maybe longer depending on what the doc says tomorrow. I'll have plenty of knitting time the next few days. Maybe I can finally get this sock finished. I have the top about finished and am getting ready to start on the heel.

The percocet and valium have started to kick in. I have a feeling I'm going to be a very happy and mellow knitter over the next few days. :rofl:

auburnchick
03-15-2007, 02:21 PM
So sorry that you're having to go through this! What a pain :teehee: . Sorry...couldn't resist.

I hope that you're going to get some kind of worker's comp since you injured yourself on-the-job.

Also, did you actually make it back home? Wondering why you checked into a hotel? :??

Regardless, enjoy your knitting time as much as you can, despite the pain. Make sure you eat really healthy. This will speed up the healing process.

VictoiseC
03-15-2007, 02:44 PM
Wow, Mason, you know I can relate. At Christmas time, the first two weeks when I couldn't move much, putting that damn sock on was yes a COMPLETE COMEDY except it HURT TOO MUCH! I found a way to sort of gather momentum and roll out of bed coz I couldn't just sit up.

Did you happen to read, when I went for my first physical therapy (in my life btw) the guy actually hurt me. I had been getting better, then he did this "exam" and then I couldn't walk for 3 days. So, be careful of your physical therapist, don't let them push your legs around too much or anything, but maybe you know this already.... When I went for my MRI (right after the guy hurt me) I couldn't stretch both legs out straight, still can't completely so I haven't had it yet.

I also had a 2 shots in the back (at difrerent times) for some instant pain relief. He gave me Oxycodon which I didn't take much of (didn't like the feeling) Valium sounds good, that should help you. The shot in the back is a um, anesthetic, I think that's right, like at the dentists.... anesthetic right? That would help you a lot if you can't bear the pain. For a short time.

My doc had me on steroids for a week which did help. I really sympathize with your pain, it's just been dreadful for me. Only time heals it too, relaxing and taking it easy. Hang in there. Finish that sock! Find some new patterns.... learn some new stuff. That's all you can do for now.
best wishes, Vic (find some good old movies)

Abbily
03-15-2007, 02:45 PM
I'm sorry you're going through that! On the funny side, I can't wait to see what valium-induced socks will look like! :)

Carey

auburnchick
03-15-2007, 02:47 PM
I'm sorry you're going through that! On the funny side, I can't wait to see what valium-induced socks will look like! :)

Carey

:rofl:

:chair: :roflhard:

Jan in CA
03-15-2007, 02:53 PM
I'm so sorry you're still hurting so much! Just be careful of those pain killers and muscle relaxers..don't want to get addicted to them. :shock: I'm glad they are helping though!

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 03:00 PM
Thanks everyone. No I'm not at home. I live in Florida but work for a company in Wisconsin which is where I am now.

I'm hoping to not have to go through the physical therapy thing as I don't want to be off work that long.

Those shots in the back are a cocktail of pain killers and cortizone. I've had them a few times and they do help. But as this is muscle injury and not spinal (I'm hoping anyway) they're not really the best choice.

Yeah, I'm sure I'll have to be really careful with my knitting while under the influence of these drugs. No telling what they'd look like otherwise :rofl:

I have a very high pain tolerance, and can normally just ignore pain and go about my business. But sometimes it's so severe that even I can't ignore it any more.

aylaanne
03-15-2007, 04:55 PM
Oh mason, I really hope this doesn't sideline you for too long. However, there will be lots of knitting, I'm sure. Sometimes I want to have a sick day just so I can knit! :teehee: Good luck on your recovery.

stacyk9
03-15-2007, 04:59 PM
Having had back problems all my life, all be it not as sever as yours sounds, I know how it can knock you down. On the up side, I have taken valium before and it's some really nice stuff! You will definitely be a happy camper!! Get well soon!!

Stacy

AnreeAce
03-15-2007, 05:06 PM
I hope you heal up soon....


.... but not before you knit some Valium socks! :teehee:

aineepooh1
03-15-2007, 05:07 PM
mason~ I posted a notice on the boards for you~!!

Are you taking all your meds together?? you DO know NO DRIVING~~
:wall: even in a car!

hope you get to feeling better soon
:hug:

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 05:11 PM
Thanks again all. And yes, I do know to not drive :rofl:

Vendie
03-15-2007, 05:20 PM
hope you get back up on your feet again soon! take care of yourself!

letah75
03-15-2007, 05:29 PM
Hope you get better soon! :hug: :muah:

Lisa Kay
03-15-2007, 06:24 PM
I hope you'll be feeling better soon.

I can speak from experience that percocet can be a lifesaver...not to mention leave you feeling good! :wink:

DQ
03-15-2007, 06:33 PM
I hope it's not too serious and you're feeling better soon! :hug:

marykz
03-15-2007, 06:44 PM
hope you can take the time to rest and really heal before heading back to work. While PT may not sound like fun... it probably will help a lot- gotta get the good muscles strong to help the bad ones get better..... and I have GOT to see what the socks under the influence look like.... sending good wishes your way, MKZ

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 06:50 PM
I'm not at all concerned about the PT not being "fun". I can handle that. It's the additional down time it entails that I'm unhappy with.

I appreciate all the well wishes.

zkimom
03-15-2007, 07:33 PM
Hey Mason,

Was wondering how you are -- sorry to hear you are laid up. Wish there was something I could do besides send you good healing vibes and tell you to take good care.

Isn't it amazing how the internet can make the world so much smaller? There was a time when you would never know how many people care about you and how you are doing.

Keep us posted so we don't worry about you.

Best,
Susan

Stiney
03-15-2007, 07:36 PM
Ouch, feel better soon! :hug:

I had physical therapy for my knee and they sent an electric current through it--very cool!

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 07:48 PM
Ouch, feel better soon! :hug:

I had physical therapy for my knee and they sent an electric current through it--very cool!

They did that for my back after back surgery. It really did help.

Susan: yeah the world is shrinking more everyday. Kinda cool really.

misha rf
03-15-2007, 08:42 PM
Ugh. I understand not being happy about being cooped up--I broke my foot last summer & was stuck at home a lot & went pretty bonkers.

I hope you're feeling better soon!!!! :hug:

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 08:48 PM
Ugh. I understand not being happy about being cooped up--I broke my foot last summer & was stuck at home a lot & went pretty bonkers.

I hope you're feeling better soon!!!! :hug:

Yeah. I spent all of 2005 laid up after shattering my pelvis in a car crash. I am in no way interested in being laid up for any length of time now.

I am not a good patient :rofl:

jodstr2
03-15-2007, 08:49 PM
get well soon!!! :hug:

MoniDew
03-15-2007, 08:54 PM
:grphug: Feel Better, Mason! :heart:
________
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mks22300
03-15-2007, 08:55 PM
Hope you get well soon, Mason!

Mariblue
03-15-2007, 09:00 PM
Yes, Feel better soon, Mason!

Knitting_Guy
03-15-2007, 09:03 PM
Between the percocet and valium I feel just fine. Still can't walk or move worth a hoot, but I feel fine. :rofl:

dustinac
03-15-2007, 10:23 PM
I hope you feel better soon.. back pain is the pitts.. I've always had problems but in Aug mine went out on me... now I really have to watch it or I can tell I'm heading back down that road again... don't push it to soon... :hug:

zip
03-15-2007, 10:41 PM
Well, that sucks. I'd say enjoy your vacation, but you aren't in a position to do so. Hope the time passes easily for you. Take care.

jeanius80
03-15-2007, 10:51 PM
i hope you heal quick!
i remember my dh was given valium for a knee injury. i asked him did it make the pain better? ( i have never had the pleasure :teehee: ) he said, well i can still feel it, but now, i just don't care! :rofl:
take it easy... soon you will bea sock knittin' pro! :X:

psammeadred
03-15-2007, 11:41 PM
Lots of rest and peaceful knitting are in order!

Sending you virtual http://www.coles.com.au/images/cmi/library/recipe/large/weekend_hearty_chicken_soup.jpg

Cristy
03-16-2007, 12:40 AM
Awww...Mason...I'm sorry to hear about all of this..I hope you get to feeling better soon. Both of my parents have back problems--my dad (remember, he was a trucker too) is now retired b/c of his....he had to have some pretty serious surgery. My sil just threw out her back and it appears to be muscular...it seems like back issues are all around me lately...

:hug: :hug: Feel better soon, okay? In the meantime...I wanna see some funky socks... :rofl:

Liliyarn
03-16-2007, 02:51 AM
Well, while you're recovering....

I'm certainly interested in seeing valium socks. My Jim Beam socks never come out right for some reason :teehee:

Also...something we kindda have in common...

I work in Logistics. I handle logisitcs for the FL area. I try to get my drivers to knit socks while they wait for loading/ unloading. They laugh it off...but I'm still working on them.

VickyS456
03-16-2007, 06:05 AM
I hope you're feeling a little better this morning, Mason :muah:

Knitting_Guy
03-16-2007, 08:09 AM
i hope you heal quick!
i remember my dh was given valium for a knee injury. i asked him did it make the pain better? ( i have never had the pleasure :teehee: ) he said, well i can still feel it, but now, i just don't care! :rofl:
take it easy... soon you will bea sock knittin' pro! :X:

Yeah that pretty well says it. :rofl:

Knitting_Guy
03-16-2007, 08:12 AM
Lillyarn; Some of them may well be knitting and just aren't man enough to admit it. :rofl:


It does seem to be back injury season. My boss has sprained his back, one of my nephews is down with a back injury, and I've heard of several others who have similar problems right now. I blame Winter, but then I blame a lot of things on Winter. :rofl:

I'm going to the doctor again this morning. The bad thing about that is I can't take my meds until I get back as I have to drive myself there. I hope it goes wuickly as I really needs the relief as as soon as possible.


Again, I appreciate the well wishes all.

lauraknits
03-16-2007, 09:25 AM
Ug, this totally sucks Mason!

I know you have dealt with this stuff sooo much! I don't know how work comp is in Wisc, but here in California it is really designed to penalize the injured worker and I think most of the money ends up going into utilization review, other administrative BS, and lawyers. It's very hard, and sometimes impossible, for an MD to get a patient what they need even if they want to - and not all do! Hang in there and get yourself to a spine specialist if you can, they tend to be more helpful than the occupational medicine gatekeepers!

msoebel
03-16-2007, 09:41 AM
Oh Mason...I just feel so bad...there is just nothing like back pain. As a former chick hockey player, I have had a broken arm 3 times, a broken nose twice, and countless sprains, torn tendons and even a "popped" kneed cap...(boy, I sound like a real beauty, don't I? :flirt:)

But nothing compared to the time I tried to do a complicated yoga position and pulled a muscle in my lower back. Okay, being in labor with my dd for 25 hours and having a "natural" birth experience was worse, but it was only one day...when I hurt my back, I felt like I couldn't even breathe for a week.

I feel for you... :pout: Get better soon.

Misty

Knitting_Guy
03-16-2007, 12:01 PM
I made it back from the doctor appointment. It was torture. She pulled and twisted and prodded. At one point I told her point blank that I really wasn't liking her very much at the moment.

Basically I'm still off work and have a follow up next Tuesday. I made it back to the hotel and was finally able to take my pain meds. I hadn't taken them this morning because I knew I'd have to drive to the doctor's office.

The office is going to be sending someone to pick up my truck at some point later today which will leave me without wheels. That's really gonna suck but hey, it's their truck after all.

I guess if I really need to go someplace I can call a cab.

I still haven't carried in any clean clothing or my knitting bag or anything from the truck yet. It was hard enough carrying in my laptop bag.

Whenever someone comes for the truck I'll have them help me carry in the stuff I'm going to need for the next few days. I really want my knitting as that will give me something enjoyable to do while I sit around this hotel room vegging.

And I want my cane so I can walk a little better. Without wheels I'll have to walk to get food, smokes, etc. The cane makes it easier even though I hate looking like a gimp using the thing. At least it's a cool looking cane.

http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c50/mason61/dragon1.jpg

KathyinCali
03-16-2007, 12:08 PM
Back problems are awful. Sending warm healing thoughts your way :hug: :hug:

I would also love to see some valium socks. Maybe you'll be so relaxed you end up turning out some Entrelac socks over the weekend :teehee:

jeanius80
03-16-2007, 12:14 PM
i :heart: your cane! that handle is awesome. good luck getting your stuff out of your truck. maybe you could ask the person picking it up to help you?I made it back from the doctor appointment. It was torture. She pulled and twisted and prodded. At one point I told her point blank that I really wasn't liking her very much at the moment.

:teehee: that reminds me of my hubby telling the dr something similar

Knitting_Guy
03-16-2007, 01:58 PM
The lady working the front desk was kind enough to provide me a luggage cart and even assisted me with getting my stuff down out of the truck. Nice lady.

I hobbled next door to the DQ to get some lunch and when I got back the lady at the front desk told me that someone from my office had stopped by to pay for the additional hotel fees and left me $250 in cash to tide me over.

Abbily
03-16-2007, 02:04 PM
The lady working the front desk was kind enough to provide me a luggage cart and even assisted me with getting my stuff down out of the truck. Nice lady.

I hobbled next door to the DQ to get some lunch and when I got back the lady at the front desk told me that someone from my office had stopped by to pay for the additional hotel fees and left me $250 in cash to tide me over.

Mason, that's great! I'm glad they're taking care of you.

Carey

CateKnits
03-16-2007, 02:17 PM
Between the percocet and valium I feel just fine. Still can't walk or move worth a hoot, but I feel fine. :rofl:

That's good, at least! :teehee: I hate percocet. :pout: