Something to be Thankful For
As I feel I have a debt of gratitude to all of you for sharing so much, I thought I should, in the spirit of what Thunder’s is all about, post what I experienced earlier this year. If one of you can benefit by my experience that, in retrospect, could have been a total unmitigated disaster to me and my family, then this will have been most useful. Also, if it is long, then I apologize in advance. I will break the entire post into a series of shorter messages so as not to lose too much in case NeverLink (err, SuddenLink) disappears.
Background - I had been experiencing nocturia, partial voiding, and sudden urges to go off and on for the past few years. I experimented with various botanicals, supplements, even prostate massage and the symptoms would go away. Kind of an ebb and flow effect.
February 8, 2006 - I had been working on my building project. Lots of intense, manual labor in finishing the steel frame, siding, and roof. Having felt just terrific during most of the project I was a bit concerned starting towards the end of January that I might have a bug or something. Just kind of a malaise or just felt a bit off. Then the evening of Feb 7th I awoke in the early morning hours with a pain in my back - just a dull ache and I thought maybe a muscle spasm or something. It slowly got worse during the day. Finally, when I went to get the mail walking out to the mailbox I felt nauseous. So, for sure I had a bug (or so I thought) so I went in and self-administered an enema. Bingo! An immediate drop in the ache so I was able to take a much-needed nap. Couple hours later I awoke and the ache was back - took another enema and Presto - more relief. Two hours later, it was back and an enema and Excedrin didn’t touch it so I started pacing.
Later that evening after my wife came home from her teaching job, she remarked ‘you look like crap’ - ‘that’s totally impossible given all the enemas I took this afternoon,’ I wisecracked. ‘Where does it hurt?’ ‘Back,’ I remarked. ‘Bad?’ ‘Bad enough.’ ‘Get in the car, I’m taking you to the emergency room -NOW!’ ‘Ididn’t argue.’
Then - BPEL 5.9, EG 5.2 - Now: BPEL 7.2, EG 5.6 Listen woman, "Don't bitch at me for burning the candle at both ends - just get me some more wax!"