July 16th, 2002
Well, it turns out I’m not going to need any surgery after all! It’s definitely a pinched Sciatic nerve or more specifically, a herniated disc which is sometimes referred to as a slipped, ruptured, bulging, protruding disc, or a pinched nerve. They have me on prednisone currently – which is a steroid that helps with swelling. So now, I can’t play football but the possibilities in the MLB are wide open.
I wish I could scan in the MRIs to show you – you can clearly see where I’m all f’d up at the base of my back.
The next step now is physical therapy – I still have to pick a therapist but it should only be a few weeks of that. I guess a typical recovery from sciatica is between 2 and 6 weeks. I already feel a million times better but I can only manage to sit in a chair for maybe 20 minutes at a time. This would also be a good time to get a decent desk chair that didn’t hurt my back every time I sat in it.
Hey, isn’t my birthday coming up this weekend?
July 11th, 2002
Yeah, so I’m outta work for 3 weeks now because of back problems. Looks like I have a pinched Sciatic nerve (otherwise known as Sciatica). I go for an MRI later today and then meet with a couple of doctors on Monday. Hopefully this won’t turn out to be too serious. What really sucks is that I’m not a real lay-around kinda guy, I like doing things and now we’ve missed the Taste of Buffalo, The Brother Project reununion has been postponed, I can’t go to the Jayson party this weekend and our birtyhday/housewarming party on the 20th has been postponed – and that’s just the first week!
I appreciate the kind vibes everyone’s been sending my way and I’ll try to keep y’all updated on my situation as it progresses.