Aging and Lurching

Lurch

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Remember Lurch from The Munsters?  Spooky shows were popular back then:

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But he’s not the subject of this post–just the first thing that came to mind.

This one’s all about me.  My back pain causes some balance problems, which is why I keep my cane handy.  Without it, I tend to lurch from side to side, and people would likely think I was intoxicated.

It’s quite embarrassing, really.  See, you never truly expect to grow old. You don’t think about your body beginning to disintegrate, your bones crumbling, and your balance being affected. That happens to OLD people, which of course means OTHER people.

I turned 70 last month. Still having a hard time wrapping my head around that.  I don’t mind, really.  It’s just that I didn’t know that 70 would come packaged with some “old people” ingredients 🙂

I’ll be having surgery tomorrow morning to fuse my right-side sacroiliac joint. We did the left one back in January with great success, so I’m hoping my tendency to lurch will soon be a thing of the past.  At least for a while.

15 thoughts on “Aging and Lurching

  1. Good luck with your surgery. I also wish someone had told me what I had ahead, but they are the surprises in life, otherwise it would be a bit boring. I know what you mean about lurching, but my lurching comes more from my balance problems with MS. I used to be a good example for the ministry of funny walks. Now I know why and believe me a cane is not so bad. The lurching is not as obvious.

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  2. Yes. It would have been nice to know–but I am somewhat comforted that both my pain doctor and the surgeon have told me that it’s nearly impossible to prevent degenerative joint disease–only perhaps to slow it down. Aging is what it is 🙂

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  3. Good luck, Linda! May all who work with your OR and recovery room teams do everything just right for you! I’m wishing you a speedy recovery, too. Just last Thursday our primary MD gave my husband the news that his recent MRI showed multiple herniated lumbar disks, all of them. So on Sept 1 we see an orthopedic surgeon. Hopefully other treatments may help before he must have surgery, because even at 77 he loves playing tennis!

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    1. Wow. ALL of them? I have two, but they haven’t changed in the last two years, so for now we’re leaving them alone. I did get steroid shots in them, and the pain hasn’t come back. Poor guy–and good for him that he’s staying active. Best treatment there is. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  4. I have a small idea of what it’s like to experience that lurching; a symptom of my low iron is a tendency to tip over unexpectedly, as though I’m a really clumsy person. I hope your surgery went well and that it turns out to be a lasting success!

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    1. The surgery went very well. I was wheeled in at 6:30 a.m and I was home by 9:30 a.m. Amazing, such a short procedure and such dramatic results. Pain today, of course, but meds to deal with it. Healing is on the way, and thanks so much for your good wishes 🙂

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