We have had that terrible heat and humidity too. One night it was still 90 degrees at 10:00 p.m.! Awful! I know we went above 100 degrees, but don't think we hit 106, Deach. When its that bad it is like walking into a wall when you go outside. You just can hardly breathe.
Deach, I do think that another 'Jerry' would be a good thing for you. A younger one though that you do not have to carry outside. Poor Jerry, he was a wonderful companion to you and at the end, needed you so much to make him comfy.
It is good to hear that you don't have to go in an unload the trucks anymore deach. If you can keep working, it is a good thing to have that health insurance covered.
Well, I've been melting over here too. Started getting iced coffee as a cooling tool. That really has helped as well as tasting good! My cats are doing well but I think they feel better in the cooler weather too. Not much else happening around here. I cannot afford to do anything either. Funds are way tight for me as well.
Nice to see you are still hanging in there....by the neck it sounds like, eh? lolol Sorry to hear that it is painful. I kind of think that is a really bad place to have arthur move in. I hear all the cracks and pops, etc. in my knees and feet. Sometimes the shoulders also. Or at least I know that many yrs ago a PT told me he heard crepitus there.
I forgot to tell y'all that I fractured a big toe a few months ago. I couldn't contemplate getting down or up the stairs for some days, but when I thougtht I could make it I went in to my ortho place. They said I should use one of those orthopedic shoes. I'm sure you've seen them occasionally being worn by others. But I found it to be way to big a nuisance to use and so just got around by walking on the outside of that foot.
You will love how I broke the danged thing I was barefooted and got entangled by a cat toy with a string. I went to lift my foot and drop the cat toy off of it, but in doing so, I whacked my foot on the leg of a footstool. lolol I dropped like a rock. lolol I'd advise everyone to look where you're going before trying that one.
Take care! Deach, I hope you are finding life easier but lonlier without Jerry?
When they did x-rays of my spine, it was stable on both flexion and extension. To this day, I do not have the feeling that you have of cracking or popping. I would suspect that it is not a disc moving but possibly a vertebra. If you remember, the discs are just the little gel packs inbetween the vertebrae.
Since I don't have the popping, I cannot answer whether or not that is what is painful for you. I do find that the stenosis and pinched nerves can be a factor in pain. Also because your back is in an unnatural position, those pesky old back muscles seem to be placed under unusual burdens to hold our backs upright. I do find that this can be a great part of pain which I feel particularly when it relates to standing upright or bending for chores, etc.
I guess that you do have good evidence that you only recently acquired this problem.
Do you hear from Deach at all on the board anymore? I think that the last time I looked at the board, he had just lost his longtime dog friend Jerry. I don't see here here now.
I've been living with this w/o surgery for some years. Yours is probably a grade I which is good. Again, I'd say the question is what the docs decide about the instability.
From what I read, it is not a fracture in the disc, per se, but a fracture or defect in the pars thingy. Often we have no idea how long we have had this before it really started bothering us? It is often hard to say and they may just go with the degenerative diagnosis.
This is also something that probably is easier to see and diagnose via the older and simpler method of having x-rays. MRI's have their uses and x-rays have their uses. Good thing you finally went low-tech and may have found what is really causing that pesky and debilitating low back pain.
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This is spondylolisthesis. You can probably find a whole lot more info if you search on that rather than anterolisthesis. I guess that the main concern that the docs would have is with the fact that this not stable from flexion to extension.
Yea, I know, old cats just mostly like to lie around too specially if they have some underlying arthritic problems or other medical issues. Eventually there comes a day when you need to let them go. Knowing that it is the best thing to do does not make it any easier though. You can be glad that he is no longer suffering.
I do agree though that being busy at work is the best distraction from your loss.
Thanks for the info about Donna and Danny. I have lost touch with a lot of people who used to make this board their home. It kind of seems to me that the last time I had heard from Donna, the news was a tad encouraging. I am sorry to hear that he lost the battle.
Awwww. I guess you knew this day was coming. You were a good dad to Jerry and gave him all the comfort you could in his last difficult years. I am sure that he gave you lots of love in return. My sympathies on your loss of a long time faithful cmpanion. It is amazing how much our pets are a part of our lives.
Ouch on your back. Yes, I know that you do what you have to do for your pets. Even when it is very difficult for us physically, we love them and take care of them as best we can. Jerry looks like he was a good sized fellow for you to lift. lol I complain about trying to carry a cat out to the vets and back.
Well, we got socked in over here next Lake Mich. I am looking at some cars parked on the side street next to me. Most are in drifts up to the hoods/trunks. There is one across the street that all I can see of it is a little glass from the side windows. All the rest is in and under a snow drift. Somebody isn't going out until spring, i thnk!!! lolol With all of this blizzard and blowing and drifting, I think its impossible to tell what the storm totals are? Anyhow, I haven't heard them yet. Going to be a biggie.
Deach, poor fellow, I hope that you do have some nice peace and quiet in the store today. Then again, one or two customers to talk with about the ice might be fun? I sure think that walking/driving on ice is about the scariest. I'd rather try to deal with snow drifts? Or am I crazy? Anyhow, so far, so good on the my electricity. There are outages here too with downed wires, but I'd think that ice storms do more damage there too.
The main storm has now moved past and we are getting lake effect snow with winds from the north or northeast. I think the whole thing might wind down today?
The second wave of storms hit about 1:30 today. I didn't get out until then and by the time I got home, traffic was already snarled. Word is that this one might dump 20 - 24 inches of snow her in Chi Town. If may well be top the charts of the '67 blizzard here. I've already lost any bets of a half inch of snow.
Wind is crazy here too as everyone says they also have.
bj - I saw some footage of OK city, I think, in the pre-dawn hrs this morning. There was some traffic already then, but at least it was moving. I'm sure that it got worse as the day progressed.
Well, guys, I cannot wait to pass this storm on to those east of me! LOLOL