In June, doctors and specialists completed their blood-drawing, prodding, poking examinations. They decided prescribing a drug called TEGRETOL to help manage the pain until they could diagnose the exact problem was the right thing to do. It wasn’t. Side effects (among the many) include depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, and death. Yes, death.
In whose world is death a side effect?
Maybe it’s the mystery writer in me or my sense of humor:
Doctor: “Yes, Mr. Cotner, we have a cure for what ails you: Death.”
Me: “Thanks, Doc, but I’ll pass if it’s all the same to you.”
Anyway, I’m not dead (yet) and now that the full body and brain CAT Scans are over and the results in, they’ve determined the problem causing pain and occasional paralysis in hands and feet is not a brain tumor as they first suspected but it is pinched nerves in my spine caused by deteriorating spinal discs.
I’ll live with the pain and have opted out of drugs and surgery (at least for the foreseeable future).
I’m back on the road again, a few pounds heavier than usual but that will soon be lost when I get my daily hiking and biking regime back in full swing. Managed to ride seventeen miles around Lake Fayetteville on the day these pictures were taken with no problem and little pain. It’s good to be out and about again. I’m cheering for the return of normal (whatever that is).
Good to be back blogging again, too.