What is damage control for a free lance web designer?
About seven (7) months ago, I woke up with some sharp pain in my lower back. I went to my chiropractor and received some treatment. My chiropractor worked on my mid and lower back for about ten (10) minutes and then I went to the massage lounge for another fifteen (15) minutes. I felt good.
About four or five days later, my back began hurting again. I called my chiropractor. He had me come in for treatment. He worked on my mid and lower back and had me spend about 20 minutes on the massage lounge. Again I felt good. My chiropractor requested that I get some x-rays. He did not like how I was not standing up straight. I went to my local Chiropractor School and had some x-rays. Not sure but, I realized that something was wrong with my back during the x-rays…maybe it was the fact that I had to stand still for about 20 minutes (something that I had not done in a long time). My back was aching after the x-rays.
A few days later, my wife convince me to go to the doctor. My condition was not getting any better. My doctor quickly diagnosis me with spinal stenosis and recommended a MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging). My doctor gave me a steroid shot and a prescription for pain. It took a couple of weeks before my insurance company approved my MRI. The MRI was weird. I was put in a vessel, listening to some jazz music as they took an image of my lower back. My doctor called me back and referred me to a back specialist. I had a bulging disc and some inflammation in my lower back.
I went to see my back specialist. I was given a prescription for my inflammation and asked to visit a physical therapist. After several unsuccessful visits with the physical therapist, I went back to my back specialist. I was sent to another therapist. I was placed on a table and my back was stretched. It hurt! Wow did it hurt, but I did some improvement in my back. It was temporary.
The back specialist would send me to get an injection in my back. This was the last chance, or I would have to have surgery on my back. The injection took a while to get approved. It was almost like a surgical procedure for my back. I had to have a driver, as the medicine was too strong for me to drive. The shot reminded me of the stretched therapy, worked at first…but later my back hurt more than before.
Finally I had back surgery. It was out patient. I was in and out within a couple of hours.
It has been a week since my surgery. I am not 100%. I reviewed my emails and will be responding to some tomorrow. I have an assistant, who has done a wonderful job. My damage control is to make sure all my clients know that they needs will be taken care of in a timely manner. Lifestyle of a web designer…
Image courtesy of Jonna Fransa.