Hey everyone. I have been quite active in the last four months. I landed a part time job as a Janitor with a company that decided to take a chance on me despite my multiple medical ailments. I was honest with the interviewer up front that I might not be able to perform the work but that I would give it my best try. They initially told me that I didn't have the job after me shaking hands with the manager and them telling me I had the job. What happened is that the other guy they hired didn't show up for his first day of work and my manager had to fill in for him. I got a frantic call the next day begging me to come to work. I sat around the house for 6 hours dreading whether or not to show up to the job. I did and it was hell to get through that first day. I could barely walk after standing up for four straight hours. All I did on that first day was clean two bathrooms and change the trash can liners on 200 individual trash cans. The building is huge and I had to walk all over the place hunting and pecking for the trash cans. I even missed a few.
Well, fast forward to four months on the job. I am still sore and sick and tired non-stop. I still limp and am barely able to walk after my 4-5 hour shift. I worked one night a full 8 hours when my lazy co-worker decided to quit 2 hours into our shift. I did it as a favor to the boss and to see if I could handle it. I handled it, but at great cost. It was after that 8 hour shift that my bad DVT leg swelled up big enough that I could barely get a shoe onto that foot. I haven't had my leg broken like that for four years. I had to buy a 20/30 grade medical compression sock to reverse the swelling. Even with the sock, my leg does not swell, but my ankle swells after my shift. But without this sock on, even pumped up on pain meds, I would not be able to do this job. I might quit at the end of the year after I have saved some more money, but I feel so accomplished to have moved from the couch to being productive again. I just won't get any better.
You would figure that with exercising every day, my entire body would get used to it and I would not be sore and beat up anymore. But that's simply not the case. I have muscles in my legs again and my arms are hard as a rock from all of the mopping and other tasks I perform. but my stamina has not gotten any better. I still can't climb the stairs normally and if I walk too fast I will start to limp. I also would not be able to work without pain meds. I literally wake up in pain/soreness unable to move until I get pain meds into my system. My pain doctor doesn't think I will be able to keep this up for the long term. He offered to write me restrictions for my employer, but I told him that won't work as the job is physically demanding. I clean half of a 43000 square foot building that consists of offices and large production areas. I have to force myself to go to this job each and every day but it is to me a fight for my survival. If I quit and go back to living on the couch again, I may never find the motivation to get out there and try this ever again. My last INR was 3.0. I have been having a lot of problems with my blood pressure being normal one day and off the charts high the next day. I take Clonidine and Lisinopril for this and it works for now, but every couple of weeks I need to change meds to keep my BP under control.
I was on amlodipine, but it caused my good leg to swell up due to edema and has since cleared up now that I stopped using it. All of these meds just stop working out of the blue except for the Clonidine. Now, sometimes I need to double up on the Clonidine because my body is resisting it, but it never stops working. I was up to 60 mgs of Lisinopril before the Clonidine and it was not even lowering my BP at all. Any normal person would pass out from that much Lisinopril. I worked three days with a BP of 190/125, but it was normal once I went home and sat down. If I stay seated all day, my BP will remain normal. I just can't stay seated anymore now that I have this job. Any how, what do you think about the chronic muscle pain. I always have leg pain from chronic DVT's. But this soreness is everywhere, from head to toe. It only gets better after 2-3 full days of laying in bed, or sitting on the couch. If I even go to the super market on my day off, the soreness will intensify. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. J