A Long Wait

 Posted by at 12:45 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 262024

I had an appointment at the Spine Care Center in Tuscaloosa yesterday to get another nerve block shot in my lower back. Medicare requires two of them with at least an 80% reduction in back pain before they will authorize an RF ablation to sever the nerve.

The nerve block I had two weeks ago was amazing. If it wasn’t a 100% improvement, it was darn close, and it lasted until Saturday of this past weekend before it started to wear off. They don’t usually last that long so I was happy with that.

My appointment was for 1:30 in the afternoon and we got there about 20 minutes early. The place was very busy, and it was well over 90 minutes before they took me back to begin prepping for the procedure. Prepping basically consisted of taking my vitals, asking a few routine questions, and then inserting an IV. When all that was done, we waited. And then we waited some more. And then we waited some more after that. It was 3:40 when they took me in for the procedure, which didn’t take more than 10 minutes or so. Then I was back in recovery for about a half hour. As I said in the blog’s title, it was a long wait. The good news is that it seemed to work and I don’t have any back pain at the moment. So I expect in another week or two they will be calling me back in for the actual nerve ablation.

I wasn’t supposed to eat or drink anything before the procedure, so by the time we were out of there, Terry and I were both hungry. We went to Dreamland BBQ in Northport for an early dinner. This is one of our favorite restaurants, and I ordered a full rack of ribs, which was enough to fill my large capacity stomach and still leave more to bring home for dinner today.

Terry went with the stuffed baked potato and fried green tomatoes, and she too had enough leftovers for today.

We got home about 6:30, and Alli was more than happy to see us, and even happier to get outside and go potty. As for the cats, their attitude was like, “What? You’re back again?”

It was 100° yesterday, and today we are looking at 101°. It’s definitely a day for staying inside and getting some more writing done. But before I do that, I have a bunch of emails to catch up on that I didn’t get to yesterday, and then I have several chapters of my new book that I sent on to Judy and Roberta after Terry edited and proofread them and I made the corrections she suggested. Judy sent hers back to me, so I will go through it and see what she found that we missed and take care of that before I start writing again.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. Every parent I have ever known needs this license plate.

Thought For The Day – You can’t always get what you want, but you just might find you get what you need.

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  3 Responses to “A Long Wait”

  1. Nick, I would also point out that some of us older folks need that license plate as well … LOL

  2. Now that’s an especially funny license plate.

  3. Thought for today, Rolling Stones, gotta love it!

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