The day started with my going to physical therapy. Holly worked to get the knots out of my lower leg that seem to crop up when I’ve been in a lot of pain. Nothing seems to help at this point.
Holly reiterated that we need an MRI. And I reiterated that I’m waiting until February 1st when I can get Medicare. So we’re all just waiting.
I got in my car and it was painful to drive. So I began to brake with my right food, then switch to my left foot to hold it down until the light turns green.
Back To Best Buy:
I drove to Best Buy. I’ve had a new laptop right at a month. But there were little black dots here and there underneath the screen.
At first I thought I’d just try to live with it. But for $1200 you shouldn’t have to deal with black spots under your computer screen. Even if it is just a few spots.
So I had the laptop in the box when I went to PT and then drove to the Best Buy where I purchased it. There was no one ahead of me in line (thank goodness), but standing is almost worse than walking.
I asked the woman if there was a chair somewhere. She was very kind and went and brought a chair for me to sit on. I was very grateful.
So I traded that one in and asked for one just like it. Just like last time, they didn’t have it in. But the one in Tulsa Hills had one. Also just like last time.
I asked her to tell them I’d come and pick it up. She said I would probably have to wait about 30 minutes, so I decided to go to my chiropractor’s office, which wasn’t far away.
I planned to see if I could get an appointment before my upcoming Tuesday appointment. But when I went in the doctor happened to be walking down an adjacent hall and saw me. He came over to talk to me. I told him I was not in good shape.
He said wait here. They came back after a time and took me to the room where they do laser treatments. This time they also did it on my ankle.
Then they took me to the room where they apply the TENS unit. After that I saw Dr. Riley.
The joint in my lower back/side of hip is in bad shape and has been for some time. Between the pain in my ankle and the pain there I am in pain much of the time. The ankle pain radiates up and the back/hip pain radiates down.
Then I drove to the other Best Buy to pick up my laptop. Driving home, which was probably 7-8 miles, I once again implemented the right foot/gas and left foot/hold brake system.
I got home and take the laptop out. Just like last time I could not bypass the Microsoft login. They should do something about this.
Cox Tech Support:
I called Cox Tech Support, which I pay for each month along with my internet service. The guy tried his best and couldn’t figure out how to bypass Microsoft. Then he sent me to a superior who I guess was a grade up from him.
The superior simply told him that they don’t deal with Microsoft issues. At that point I was about to cry. So I get back with the original guy and he says he’ll try to troubleshoot.
So we tried everything. Hours of everything. Finally he said unplug the modem and we’ll see if we can get in. Except both of us were so worn out with this problem that we forgot that would also cut the phone off and our connection would be broken.
So I was on my own again. Somehow after unplugging the modem, another screen came up and I was eventually able to bypass Microsoft. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed Microsoft.
Why does it have to be so hard to get into a laptop computer when you first bring it home? Well, that’s another story for another time I guess.
Moving In Less Than 2 Weeks:
I’m moving in less than two weeks. And I feel overwhelmed. I know there will be help, but what about when I get moved in and there’s so much to do?
Teri tells me not to worry. But I’m foggy with pain and I can’t help but worry how all this is going to get done and how I’m going to manage.
This morning before I got out of bed, I began to mull over the idea of possibly getting a wheelchair. If we can’t get this ankle problem figured out after the MRI, then paying twice a week for PT is a waste of money.
If I sit up in my chair, I feel better. But if I lie in bed, that joint is inflamed in my back/hip. I go from a large ice pack to a heating pad. I’m to the point when my thinking processes are not working so great.
When I’m in a lot of pain I find myself taking short quick breaths. Maybe that’s my brain’s way of trying to lessen the pain somehow. My heart races.
This has been going on for months. I’m exhausted. I feel like I’ve aged 4 years in the past 4 months.
What would you do at this point?
I just want something resembling my old life back.
It’s not my surgeon or his wife, my physical therapist, who is at fault. It’s me holding things up for an MRI after February 1. They can’t see into the soft tissue with a regular x-ray.
So I guess I just wait.