Monthly Archives: January 2013

Success!

I haven’t had my follow-up appointment yet, but my doctor called me the other day to say that the MRI did in fact show a problem. I’m going to wait until I have more info to post about it but it’s so great to finally have an idea what’s wrong and know that it’s something that the doctor understands that has treatment protocols and there’s an answer in sight.

So after I have more info, I guess this blog will become a recovery blog for a bit until I can finally start with my plan for walking/hiking again. Not that it isn’t already a blog about illness, bleh.

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Health update

I’m still not walking because my leg still hurts. But I was finally able to get a new doctor and he’s got another idea about what could be wrong. The new thought is a torn meniscus. I’m getting an MRI tomorrow to see if that’s the case, so we’ll see.

All I know is I feel like such a loser that I started this idea a year ago and I’ve yet to really even get started.

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Fixing sleep habits

One of the things that I have to do if I’m going to actually hike anything is actually fix my sleep habits and sleep schedule. To that end, I’m going in Wednesday for a sleep study.

I’ve actually had a sleep study before, and the results were basically “you don’t have sleep apnea, move along.” Which is what I expect this time as well, and I hate that I’m going to be paying a really ridiculous amount of money for it. But I’m hoping that with these results my doctors will all move on from the “you must have sleep apnea” mindset and onto “maybe it’s a sleep phase disorder or a parasomnia.”

The trick is there’s no real treatments for the latter that I know of. And none of that helps me to actually feel tired and go to bed on time and actually fall asleep.

All hurdles I need to tackle before I could possibly manage to go on any kind of overnight hiking trip. Though I imagine hiking all day would help me be tired.

The other trick is that I can’t buy any equipment for hiking until I’ve sorted all this medical stuff and stopped paying this exorbitant bills. Every time I think “maybe I’ll go get a good day pack” then I get another bill from something. Sometimes I wonder if my health issues aren’t going to keep me from ever getting this done.

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New Year, New Start

I’m not typically one for New Year’s Resolutions, I think they’re not particularly conducive to actual change because usually they are a great amount of change in a sudden and pretty much arbitrary moment.

However, this year New Year’s has marked a pretty good time for me to get my act together because it’s the end of a vacation and time for me to do a bunch of things that will help anyway.

So I’m starting the new year trying to figure out this problem with my leg, figuring out my issues with hydration, and scheduling more time for walks IF I can get the leg thing figured out properly.

I’ll be calling my doctor on the second to figure it all out.

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