We Have a Plan

On Friday, I finally had my long awaited appointment with my spine doctor. Basically, he said exactly what I thought he’d say – they don’t call me Dr. Deb for nothing! Most likely my L4-L5 disc bulge is inflamed and swollen again, and is pressing against my sciatic nerve, much like in 2012. He said that unlike in 2012, insurance will rarely pay for an MRI until some sort of rehab has been tried.

He prescribed anti-inflammatories and physical therapy for six to eight weeks. If that doesn’t help, he said my insurance would most likely cover the cost of an MRI so we can see if there’s a more severe problem. In the meantime, he said I can do whatever doesn’t hurt. Hopefully, with the meds and PT the sharp pain in my right glute and numbness in my right foot will go away soon.

Ironically, after writing in several places in my mountain of paperwork that sitting causes me the most pain, I had to sit for an hour and ten minutes before the doctor saw me…

 

Other Newsworthy Happenings

Our kids were in town for the weekend so we could celebrate the many January and February birthdays in our family – four of the six of us have birthdays between January 20th and February 22nd. Equally important, we celebrated Pablo’s gotcha day. One year ago today, Daniel and Jess adopted Pablo from Alabama and I can’t even begin to describe the joy that sweet pup has brought to our entire family.

 

What birthday celebration is complete without brick oven pizza, funfetti cake, and party cake ice cream?

 

And Now on to a Run-down of this Past Week’s Workouts…
Running

Still no running except for running across the parking as a driver slowed to let me cross, and that left me with no pain, a very good sign. Remember when few weeks ago an easy jog to the mailbox hurt?

 

Biking

True to my promise to myself, I rode my spin bike three times this week. With two organized rides coming up this spring I’ve got to be ready!

 

Strength Training

Like last week, I got in three solid weight lifting sessions and continued to focus on my core.

 

Yoga

I continued to keep my yoga poses gentle, but think I’ll add in some of my old classes this coming week and see how I feel. If anything hurts, I’ll stop until we transition into the next pose.

 

Last Week on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

 

Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Thursday – I’ll be celebrating my six years of blogging anniversary with a fun giveaway. Be sure you stop by on Thursday!
  • Friday – I’ll be joining in on the Ultimate Coffee Date fun with Deborah and Coco.

 

In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…

 

  • Questions:
  • If you blog, how many years have you been at it? 
  • What are your favorite pizza toppings? 
  • Did you race this weekend?

 

And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!

 

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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!

 

Happy Running! ~ Deb