Friday, November 30, 2012

Sweet Spot + Sciatica


So the good news is that after another .5 cc’s were put back in my band 12 days ago, I seem to have found a sweet spot again that I’m enjoying. I’m actually spending more time “not hungry” than I have in a long time. It’s a nice feeling.
I actually got the fill Monday before TG…which everyone thought I was crazy. I mean, who gets a fill a few days before the biggest food holiday of the year? But I am not big on TG food…really, I’m not. However…I did go to my sister-in-law’s home in Portland for TG, and her husband makes, by far, the best TG food I’ve ever had in my life. So was it a bad idea to get a fill before TG? Well…I came back from Portland 1 lb lighter and still enjoyed a delightful meal, so I’m going to say no. Man…that food was amazing. That man can cook!

The band also helped me to keep portions small for my bonus-baby’s 4th birthday party, where I whipped up a fabulous Mexican Fiesta for her and the 20 other family members we squeezed into my tiny house. Mexican food…mmmmmm….
I’m happy to say that if I were to sit in my doctor’s office and answer the usual pre-fill questions, I finally would be able to answer them the way one would hope a bandster would:

Are you eating more than ½ to 1 cup of food at meal times? NopeAre you taking 15-30 minutes to eat your meal? YepDo you find yourself searching for food? Mostly no…some head stuff thoughAny problems with vomiting? Nope. Nada. Any acid reflux/heartburn? No wayHow much exercise are you getting per week? Screeeeaaaacchhhhh….

So…yeah…I’m having this little Sciatica problem. Holy Toledo, Batman! This stuff is no joke! I went through a round of PT right after the honeymoon and completely resolved it, till last week…now that little pain in my a** (pun intended!!!) is back! It’s a horribly obnoxious pain that starts in my right booty cheek and goes down the outside of my thigh and then wraps around to the front of my shin, stopping at the top of my foot. UGH! It’s obnoxious! When it’s at its worst I will get the spasm every couple of minutes…when it’s every couple of minutes, it takes both a physical and emotional toll on you. One should not be in that much pain consistently…it just ain’t right.
So with that, and with all the craziness of last week with kids/TG/birthdays/visiting MIL, workouts seriously got back burner-ed. Once the pain started on Friday, there was no way workouts were going to happen. I saw a doctor Monday and am learning to work within the spasm boundaries (that is to say, I now know for sure that going from sitting to standing causes them to start, so I try to stand most of the time when possible), so that last night I was actually able to get a good workout in for the first time in a week. I have an appointment with a physical medicine/spine doctor next week to see if more aggressive action needs to be taken (they are thinking it might be a bulging disk pinching the nerve). In the meantime, I’ve done enough to get the frequency of the spasms down by a LOT…like mostly just after I drive my car. I can stand at the office for long, LONG periods of time…so that’s what I’m doing. I’m also swallowing anti-inflammatories every 8 hours and Tylenol in between with a muscle relaxer at bed time and ice packs every 2 hours. Maybe all these pills are the real reason I’m not hungry???  I’m hopeful that I will get another workout in tonight. Last night I did one of my old-school HIIT sessions…I really miss those and plan on bringing them back into my rotation a lot more often.
I have noticed, though, that with pain comes emotional eating...self pitty eating, I suppose. There is less of it right now because I'm "in the zone" with the band, but the pitty eating "search" still happens...you know, where you open the cabinet looking for something comforting to eat even though you aren't at all hungry. Yeah...I shouldn't do that.
Follow up to the plastic surgeon visit a few weeks ago. As I suspected, this guy won’t do my surgery because of my spinal cord injury history. He only does day surgery out of his office and he believes I need at least one night of hospital stay. I understand his concerns…but I can’t help but be disappointed. A night in the hospital is going to double the cost for any of these surgeries. But, I now know that I would be looking at a tummy tuck with the anchor type incision but would not need muscle tightening (since I never had babies) so that will reduce the discomfort during recovery. I also need a breast reduction/lift, which he advises NOT getting done at the same time as the tummy tuck because a lot of blood flow would be needed for all the incisions and risk, of course, increases if there are multiple incision sites.
So…all that said, I now have to look for someone with hospital privileges…which is going to cost a lot more money. *sigh*…so maybe someday. Probably not any time soon.

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