Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Pain of Life...

Been having myself a bit of a bad run with things lately - which isn't unusual for me as I tend to have a bad run every now and then.  Of course I dunno exactly where to start now since I am a bit sore and so forth. I had a finger partially amputated in April last year and the surgeon left a small amount of bone there which is at present giving me grief, this is because that small piece of bone has bone spurs, little bone splinters that keep on growing and causing pain.

Add to this the fact that I had a bad tooth which I recently had checked, it had been sore for sometime and as it turned out it had a hole that had exposed a nerve so it was either root canal or extraction.  A root canal is expensive and doesn't always work so extraction was the best option, plus it was a Wisdom tooth so it was way down the back out of the way.  His neighbour also has a hole which will need fixing in a couple weeks.

Thirdly I now have a hernia, which is when a section of your intestines pushes through a hole caused by a tear or weakening in the muscle sheet that surrounds the stomach.  My hernia is close to my navel and would most likely be classed as a Reducible Umbilical Hernia, which is more common in pregnant women and newborn babies.  I got it by lifting this big gas cylinder and to be honest it felt like a light muscle strain at first but a couple days later it was really sore and then I noticed a bit of a bump, the bump is a sure sign of a hernia.

I have to admit I didn't think the hernia would be this uncomfortable or painful, and I am doing all I can to make it less painful (without using pain medication) because I would rather live in pain than become over reliant on drugs to survive like some people around this place. We have this guy who visits and if you pull out a panadol for a headache, he suddenly needs 2 for his headache and will be back every day for another 2 until the pack is empty.

At this time I have to admit I feel like someone has jabbed a baseball bat into my stomach above my belly button.  The pain is what is keeping me awake but eventually even that will succumb to the bodies need for sleep.  I know I can stay functional for 3 days with only an hours sleep here or there (one of many things I learnt when I was a soldier in the Army)

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