So, after doing well with my back for several months, the pain is back. As I had mentioned in my August 3rd post, I have developed Spinal Stenosis in my lower back this year. It has just added another obstacle for me to over come. I noticed the pain coming back in the beginning of August, and every day, it got a little worse. Thanks to the games the insurance companies like to play, it took me 6 weeks before I could get into the specialist for a spinal steroid injection for some relief. In those 6 weeks, I deteriorated rapidly, forced to be dependent on my cane and wheelchair again as the pain got worse.
I finally had my injection last week. Let me tell you, this is not a fun procedure. After numbing the area with lidocaine injections, they insert a long needle into my back guided by x-ray. When they believe they found the correct spot in my spine, they inject some dye. An extremely sharp burst of pain, lets me know they're in the correct spot. That's the good news, they're in the correct location. The bad news is they still need to inject 4cc of steroid solution into my back and there's zero room of it, so it will be going directly onto my nerves. Painful. Every time he injected a small amount, intense, shooting pain in my lower back and going down my legs. It takes about 10 minutes for this process of injecting some, letting me recover, and injecting more. To put it in easier terms. He's injecting the equivalent of a can of soda into a space the size of a pea, and that pea is engulfed by stinging jellyfish. Good times. The next few days were pretty uncomfortable, but I'm finally starting to get some relief, and every day I wake up with a bit less pain. Enough of the torture, let's talk beer!
It's Fall, so that means the pumpkin beers are hitting the shelves. Some are great, some, not so much. One of my favorites (not shown) is Schlafly's. It's thick and sweet, and really is like drinking a pumpkin pie. I've already had one this season!
My second pumpkin beer is from Shock Top. Really not that great, but I can say I've had worse. For me, if I'm going to drink a Shock Top, I'll stick with their Apple, it's much better.
Recently, I won tickets to Chive Fest Denver, and decided to say what the hell, and took a last minute road trip to enjoy the fest. While there, I met some great Chivers, and got to hang out with my oldest friend. I was able to see John, Mac, and the Chivettes, but didn't get the opportunity to talk to or get a picture with them. After expressing my disappointment to the above mentioned on Twitter, I was shocked when I got a direct message from Kat, one of the Chivettes. She said she was sorry I didn't get to meet them too, and after talking with John, they offered me VIP tickets to Chive Fest Dallas on November first. I have to tell you, I was, and still am, totally blown away by their kindness.
If you aren't familiar with The Chive, please check them out. www.thechive.com
The website is a mix of pictures and stories of silly things, good looking women, an awesome online community, and amazing charities. http://thechive.com/2014/10/01/this-is-the-story-of-a-young-girl-and-a-very-special-puppy-15-photos/ This is why I Chive. It looks kind of silly from the outside, and some of it is, but these really are some great people doing great things, and I'm proud to be a Chiver.