I had my appointment with my doctor, this afternoon. My appointment was scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and we got there in good time. My daughter drove me there and back. I told my doctor that my daughter was my advocate and asked if she could come in with me. The doctor was agreeable, so we both got to talk to the doctor.
One of the questions the doctor asked me was if I've ever had "cold sores", which I have had in the past. Cold sores are caused by the herpes virus. According to the doctor, the body's stress response to the Covid vaccination can reactivate the herpes virus which reside in the ganglia ( a group of nerve cells), which can cause an inflammation. She suspects that the sciatica pain was due to inflammation brought on due to reactivation of the herpes virus in response to the Covid vaccinations! If so, then, it was a rather delayed reaction, making itself felt four weeks after the second dose. But, maybe the weeding I did prior to that also had some impact? In any case, the anti-inflammatory medications she prescribed have reduced the inflammation and thus, the pain. She has also prescribed an anti-viral drug to be taken for 7 days to deactivate the herpes virus! We are waiting for the pharmacy to fill that prescription.
In the meantime, I am to resume normal activities, doing what I can as long as I am pain free. But, I need to take care not to over do things! So, baby steps - do a little, rest, do a little more, stop well before any pain starts again, and build up stamina.
She didn't think that I needed an MRI, but, my daughter insisted, so, a referral has been submitted for authorization. I think both my daughter and I will be happier with an MRI, if only to rule out other reasons such as a herniated disc.
My foot is still swollen and I still feel some numbness in it, but, I am not in pain and that is a blessing.
Other than the sciatica issue, I am in relatively good health. My pressure was quite low (the nurse was a bit concerned when she checked it and asked if I was feeling alright and I was); my weight had gone up as well as my blood sugar reading (but, the doctor stated that was due to the Prednisone I've been taking), but the other blood test results were within normal range. She does want me to redo the blood test in one month's time, just to double check. I have a follow up appointment with her in three months' time.
Afterwards, on our way home, we stopped to pick up some lunch from a Japanese take out place, close to home, as a treat, and daughter picked up a Starbucks coffee for the first time since last year March!
After lunch, daughter went back to work and I decided to rest. I don't want to do too much on the very first day and suffer a set back!
I think I need to plan my daily activities a little differently from now on. Work smarter, not harder. So that I can accomplish all what I feel I have to do, in terms of household tasks, without aggravating existing conditions. I haven't quite figured out what I should do to accomplish that, but, it will be something to think about in the days to come.
It was a rather warm day, today, with the high being 87F. I wore a skirt and short sleeved blouse to the doctor's appointment. I took a cardigan with me, but, I didn't need it and left it in the car (I know that a couple of my readers are interested in knowing this! LOL!)
Today, I am grateful for:
- The doctor's appointment, access to medical care, medical insurance
- My daughter being available to drive me there and back and advocating for me
- My bloodwork, etc., were mostly normal
- A safe drive to the clinic and back
- Being able to buy take out for lunch
Today's joyful activity was being seen by the doctor and receiving the all clear to resume daily activities.
I've planned a quiet evening of reading and knitting, with maybe some easy cooking (daughter had taken out some chicken to thaw, which needs to be cooked).
Plans for tomorrow include having M tend to the garden and some paperwork (month end bills have come in and need to be paid).
How was your Tuesday? What are your plans for Wednesday?