Lovely to get messages, emails, and calls from so many old friends here. I do listen to all the posts but obviously only comment where I think it may add something.
David's appointmentt with the pain consultant came through pretty quickly. Marked priority that can mean anything from sometime to whenever.
Tootled off to the North of the island which people talk about as if in outer space. North? You are going North? Oh wow. It's cold there. And wet. But very green. Have a nice time. In actual fact it's about 40 miles to the hospital!!
Lady consultant which was rare in UK. English not so good but when you are talking medical conditions, joints, muscles and injuries, chronic pain and depression, the language is universal.
Injections booked for 14th.. Excellent. Wants him off Amitrptyline completely. Good. Wants him off Oxycontin. Ah. Not so good. That one is a real bugger to come off. That is long term plan thankfully.
She has given him Lidocaine patches for lower back where the break is. Wow. First time ever used and instant relief. Not to be worn longer than 12 hours so just overnight. Slept like a brick too. That was a huge plus. But...soon as the patch came off...wham pain straight back. At 120 Euros for 30 they aren't cheap. We only pay 10% of costs thank goodness.
The medical treatment here really is brilliant. Takes a while to get into the system but once there you are in. Now David is in pain clinic he feels so much happier.
We have bought a Ferrari red electric scooter...peep peep vrroom vroom which gives him back that bit of independence he lost with not driving any more. Potters down to the village for his meds. Has coffee and reads local papers. All very pleasant sitting in hot sunshine. Gives me a break too for couple of hours. Win win.
Life continues on in a gentle good way. Yes difficult challenges all along the way but I feel so much better able to deal with them. And if it doesn't happen today...it will happen tomorrow. Or day after. Or day after that. Tramadol works well on my sij pain. I am not doing the same amount of gardening as I did in Scotland which, while I miss it very much, my back doesn't!
Living on a volcanic island where you can only go up, you go down, and with luck manage a few horizontal bits may not be the best place for a wobbly hip. But GP keeping an firm eye on me with view to replacement if it gets too wonky. Me in a side car perhaps for David's scooter!!
Loves from the Sunshine Island