Yesterday, I threw my back out by opening a window. Opening a window! I took a shower and the hot water made my back feel better. I was able to get online and chat for a few hours, but sitting for so long didn't help my back and I was struck with excruciating pain and had to get offline and lie down.
Once I was out of the chair, I decided it would be a good idea to go to the bathroom while I had the chance. After going, I opened the medicine drawer and took out the Doan's back pills and the Extra Strength Bengay. I was ready to apply the Bengay when I was struck again by so much pain that I buckled and ended up on the bathroom floor with tears in my eyes. I was lying on the floor for about 15 minutes before I was able to roll onto my stomach and inch myself up into a crawl position. It took another 10 minutes to make it to a standing position where I gathered the pills and cream and made my way to the kitchen to grab the cordless phone and a glass of water. I finally made it to the couch where I lied down breathing in short breaths and found a position where the pain lowered to a bearable level. I took the back pills and applied the Bengay and rested there.
Dan called and I talked to him for a while, which was a good way to keep my mind off the pain. We ended our conversation and I eventually fell asleep on the couch for the night.
I received a letter from the VA today, which stated, "Pension Granted." I was shocked! I haven't even completed the paperwork yet and already I'm approved. I haven't finished reading the whole letter yet. There are a lot of legaleze pages attached.
I called Mom to tell her the good news and she told me some good news of her own. Her kidney levels dropped from 9 down to 3.4 (normal is 1.5 or lower) and when she reaches 3.0, they will reduce her dialysis sessions from 3 a week down to 2 a week. If she continues to drop or at least maintain the level, they will reduce her sessions down to once a week, and if she drops or maintains, they will cease her dialysis all together.