Improving

Since I had the injection of cortisone the other day, I've had a much better range of movement in my upper body...no more being hunched over like a 90 with arthritis. 

I still get the odd tingle of pain in my right thigh, right calf, below my right calf, and I still have all the numbness in my right foot. Not sure how much of that is to be expected, and if it is, how long should it last. 

Off to my GP on Tuesday morning for a checkup and to see what the next steps are. On another note, I need to get a "Fit to Fly" letter from him seeing as I've got to fly to Kuala Lumpur Monday week, and Darwin the following week. I guess I might need a letter stating I'm allowed to be carrying the amount of prescription medication I will have with me. 

The other thing I'm hopeful for is that my GP will agree with my that I should get the piece of broken disc or vertebrae removed so that I can go back to normal. Apparently, the cortisone injections work between 2 days and a couple of months, which is fine, except that while ever that piece is floating around I can't do any sport or activity that may lead to me falling on my ass, as that has the potential to make me paraplegic. 

At least I'm getting a huge amount of use out of my Spotify and Netflix subscriptions.

 

CT Scan & Cortisone Injection

So that straight line on the picture is a needle going into my spine. It hurt, it hurt a lot... If I'm reading the report correctly, the needle was 8.8cm long.

The most fun part was when the Doctor said, "I've got the needle in the right spot, but I just want to test something." and then he pushed the needle in further and my entire leg went into a nerve spasm and felt like it was on fire. The Doctor then said, "Did you feel anything then?" and I cried replied, "Yes."

Discharged

They just discharged from the hospital, they're too busy to do the CT scan spinal injection today, I guess this is for the cortisone. On the plus side, they've booked me in for one tomorrow away from the hospital at a private, bulk billed, practice.

It was depressing as F**K staying in the neurology ward last night, all the other patients in my room were stroke patients and they were all pretty messed up. Too sad.

Thanks everyone for your kind thoughts, and your shit stirs! I'm a bit pissed that no one brought me any whisky, though! 

Back pains

So for those that have been following along with my back problem this past week, via Facebook, here's what's up.

At some point in the last couple of years, I've had a herniated disc, 2 weeks ago part of that disc broke off and is now pressing on my S1 nerve, which is what's causing all the pain.

Soon I will see a spinal or neurology specialist, who will then advise whether it needs to be fixed surgically, or by cortisone injections.

Oh, and apparently the piece that broke off is apparently 1.5cm in size.

So for the foreseeable future, I'm not allowed to lift anything, I'm not allowed to stretch, and I should stick to wearing pluggers. And of course, I'll have to continue taking my cocktail of Lyrica, Panadeine Forte, and Valium...

First trip of the year today

Flying to Melbourne, driving to Sale, hotel overnight, working at the hospital, driving back to Melbourne , then flying back to Newcastle. 

As much as I try, I just can't stick to an iPad only workflow

I always find myself jumping back onto my MacBook to do 'trickier' things that I just can't do on an iPad. There's probably a way to do those things on an iPad, but I feel like I'm having to jump through too many hoops, make too many compromises, etc. 

Starting today, right now in fact, I'm removing all the apps from my iPad Pro, and will just use it for gaming and watching Netflix, Foxtel, editing Photos, etc. It excels at all those things, and I don't feel like I'm making any compromises.

The Veronicas

Here's a handful of photos from The Veronicas show in Newcastle, from December 9th, 2007. 

Publishing my old photos

In a past life, I used to shoot a lot of live music. I've shot local acts from Newcastle, through to massive international acts. Some were fun to photograph, some less so, some were of bands I love, some less so.

With the deletion of my flickr account the other day, and that was where a lot of my photos lived, I decided that I should probably publish them somewhere else, and what better place than my own website.

Over the next few weeks / months, I'm planning on publishing as much of my old photos here as I possibly can, starting today, with The Veronicas.