Way back in January, my back decided to give out entirely. And not just in a, "my back aches so bad, I'm going to pop an Aleve and call in today" kind of bad....but a "I can't move, it feels almost like being paralysed, except I'm in way too much pain" kind of way.
I had back surgery scheduled for the end of March, after a myriad of tests discerned that I had a fracture between my L4/L5, and the piece was starting to jut into my spinal nerve and a severely herniated disk. The solution was to remove the offending piece and herniation....not to add any of that weird foam stuff, just a removal.
The pain and inability to move around the house, even with my grandmother's old walker, had my mother in tears begging for an earlier appointment. I ended up getting surgery at the end of April instead. Richard Perkins (Kingston/Rhinebeck) performed the surgery, and it went really well. He does an excellent job and I just love the man.
I didn't file for Workman's Comp, though surely my back problems stemmed from the couple of Christmases at the post office as an RCA...I never had more than a muscle ache in my back before this job...I'm really not familiar with the process of filing WC, and I began being unable to walk while I was at home. Hindsight is always twenty twenty....I should have filed.
Since January 20th, I haven't made a dime. Hospital bills have been floating in, causing a severe strain on even my parents finances, who were trying very hard to keep up with everything so I wasn't totally ruined. I had no savings at all when this happened, and had only JUST made it to becoming a regular carrier three months prior: no vacation time to burn.
I was finally able to return to work a week ago. I'm happy to say that, while terrified something MAY happen, I've not had any issues with my back at work. And I'm not taking any chances either. I'm happy to be back on my route.
But the money problems will continue into next year. With Mom and her cancer, Dad's small hours as a trucker and me back paying my insurance well.....I got my first biweekly paycheck preview for this pay period: 4¢
If I earn another penny, I might be able to purchase something at a yard sale. 😂
After this surgery, there are many things I'll never be able to do again, more things still that feel weird when I try them.
Still.....it's great to see my customers again. Greater still to be able to get out and do things. I went from a size 2/4 to a size 8 after my two months of prednisone. Yikes! Now that I'm back to work....my next goal is to get back to being able to wear my clothes. 😂