Gotta Keep Moving
Well, I’m finally in a very comfortable and consistent groove of eating healthy. I certainly wouldn’t be without a wife that will practically do anything to help me have the food prepared I need. She has always gone above and beyond to me my helpmate. I believe she can see that I’m committed to maximizing my health and recovery daily. This blesses me, her, my family and those God has call me to pastor.
Yesterday was a very long day for me. I drove myself to my own doctor’s appointment an hour away for only the second time in several months. Driving plus the colder temperatures did my pain levels no favors. In fact, it only confirmed the visit with my pain specialist was worth it. He is scheduling another quarterly shot injection for sometime late December or early January. The coccyx pain is definitely the main thing I can only contain with shots.
My doctor was very pleased with my progress. He is normally not very talkative. But, after he heard all the meds I had dropped and steps forward I had taken. He said, “ Wow! Great Job. You’re eating right, doing therapy and trying not to just live on anymore medication than necessary. I don’t see many patients like you.”
I may be a grown man, but his words made me cry. Because it’s not easy to make these changes sun up to sun down. To be able to measure any progress lifts your spirit and gives further motivation. We have now put together a plan of decreasing the dosage of my Neurontin by 100mg monthly per month. In 10 months I will officially be only taking 1800mg per day after being on 3200mg daily the past three years. Every pill gone gives my mind a greater chance of not being so cloudy. It’s not an overnight process. I’m now officially daily taking just 2700mg of Neurontin, 1200mg ibuprofen, 50mg Amitriptyline, and CBD oil. I take several necessary supplements to give my body what it needs to heal and help promote new nerve growth
Now, time to get one past habit back on track. About to head out for my first strategic walk in a long time. My walking won’t be about distance, but consistency. I’m aiming to walk at least a mile each day. To eventually get back to where it’s how I start and end each day. I’ve got to keep my lower back use to movement or it will be a very stiff and painful winter. Whatever you need to do to move forward. Focus on what you can do and trust God for what you can’t do.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14