Nope, not in the Journey, or our Element tow car. It's me. Again.
Many years ago during my Coast Guard days, I got injured in a rescue. To make a long story short, I got smacked across my lower back by a pipe (actually a Jack Staff for you Navy/Coast Guard folks). It's a campfire story. (The rescue turned out okay).
I was a little sore for a few days and the bruising soon disappeared. Didn't think much of it after that.
A few years later during an MRI on a fraud investigation (another campfire story) it was discovered that the pipe smack had damaged a disc in my back ( L-5). It didn't bother me but I was told it could cause problems later on in life.
Occasionally over the following years, I'd get a minor backache and treat it with some Motrin. It worked okay for me.
Fast forward to now, now that I'm of Old Fart status, the back started acting up about three months ago. The Motrin was working but as the days passed, it worked less and less and I'd be taking more and more.
On our California trip, the back really started to talk to me. I didn't let it slow me down (too much) but on the trip home my back started talking to me, yelling actually. Now I was up to 800 mg Motrin 3-4 times a day and it wasn't working.
By the time we were visiting our friends at the NWR, my back was now screaming at me. Time to get home and to the doctor. The pain was getting to the excruciating level and my left leg at times tingled and went numb.
I got an appointment at the Columbia VA today and after an X-ray, there shows problems with that pesky disc that got smacked all those years ago. Thankfully I got some more powerful meds that have helped turn down the pain. I'm going to get an MRI in the next week or so as they have an opening. The downside is there really isn't much that can be done to fix me short of surgery.
That new wrinkle is throwing a wrench in our remaining summer plans. I'm not complaining, just facing up to the fact that reaching the age for a Golden Age pass can come with a few unwanted side effects. ;c)
Anyway, we had a great trip to California, the granddaughters were so much fun to be with, the many sights we saw and things we were able to do on the way out and back were worth it all. We did 5366 miles on the trip and the Journey did us proud, we sure are pleased with how well it ran and how comfortable it was.
The downside is I couldn't wash the Journey, I had to put it in the storage lot with all those bug casualties all over the nose. I may have to take it to a nearby truck wash when I get a chance, I like to keep it clean and shiny. It's the least I can do in return for all the Journey's great service it's given us.
So I'll be chilling here at our SC home base for the time being. A good place to be. :c)
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