Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Hoo boy. No fiction this morning. If we were playing a word association game, and you said nerve, my immediate response? PAIN.
I have a couple of herniated lumbar discs. I had pain treatment not quite a year ago that relieved the pain almost completely. A little achiness now and then, but nothing an over-the-counter medication couldn’t deal with.
Three weeks ago, is started kicking up again.
I also have stenosis and degenerative disc disease. That’s quite a cocktail of misery.
Stenosis comes from a Greek word meaning to choke. There are little holes in the bones for the nerves to pass through. When the bone around those holes begins to crumble, the nerves are pinched. And they react. They don’t like being pinched, so they pinch right back.
Yesterday I was going to go to work, but as I was getting into the car, my hip/leg/lower back all said, “No, you’re not!” So appropriate calls were made to cancel my clients, get an appointment with the pain doctor, get a script for the medications to get me through until I can get the shots that will relieve the pain long-term.
Getting old does have its downside.
So when I saw this morning’s prompt, Nerve, this post pretty much wrote itself. I’m well aware of my nerves right now!