Recovering as well as can be expected…

Well, I have to say that I’m feeling somewhat better.

It took me a few days, but I’m far more mobile than I was at this time last week. I ended up spending most of three days laid up in bed on doctor’s orders; if I had to sit up in bed, I would be forced to support my weight on my hands as my lower back couldn’t handle the pressure. When I walked, I needed to use Mom’s walking stick in order to get around. One could argue that I could watch all the TV I wanted, but the problem there is how the room is laid out. The TV is parallel to my bed at the pillow level, as I do most of my TV watching when sitting at my computer desk. So, for the most part, I spent my days laying in bed, with my work laptop next to me so that I could keep myself entertained as well as keep up with support tickets from work.

Needless to say, by the time Thursday or Friday rolled around, I was going stir-crazy. Also, needless to say, I missed Meredith’s and Jonathan’s New Year’s party AGAIN. I know Merrie said it was a more or less quiet affair, but I still felt bad because this was the second year in a row I had to miss due to illness or injury. Hopefully NEXT year I’ll actually be able to attend their NYE party.

As for how I am now, well… my back still aches and I don’t dare lift any heavy objects. On the other hand, I can get up without difficulty and walk without too much of a problem. I was even able to drive in to work with few issues (other than my hip giving me some problems… go figure). I was slightly amused, though… the VP of HR saw me walking in a bit gingerly and asked why I was back at work. I answered honestly: I was feeling a lot better and I would go nuts if I had to spend another day working from home. Before anyone asks, I’m at the point now where I’m taking Advil instead of hydrocodone and valium for my back, so driving isn’t an issue.

So, all I have to do now is take it easy and hope I recover well. I have a full physical exam scheduled for Wednesday, so we’ll see then if any other action is needed. My only real disappointment is the fact that the Vegas vacation I had planned for next week will now need to be postponed thanks to my injury. It’s a shame, because I had been looking forward to the trip. (On the other hand, it’ll give me a chance to practice my poker…) For now, though, I’m just going to let my back rest and hope that some quiet recovery time is all that’s needed.