Waiting

3.27.2012

As many of you know Mr. Savvy had a bad episode Sunday morning and I thought I would share what has been going on around here and how it all started.
 On Sunday morning he went to the bathroom after getting up feeling good and had a little sneeze which he felt in his lower back a little. Then the next sneeze was big and sent what he described as electrical shocks through his whole body which hurt so badly that it sent him to his knees. When I walked in I thought he was sick at his stomach and he told me what had just happened. After getting him upright we realized he only had partial feeling in his left foot. So Sunday he rested on the sofa all day on the heating pad and took some of his pain medication leftover from his back hurting at the end of January. Then we knew he would need to see his doctor on Monday so I thought I would share a run down of how Monday went. Let's call it the waiting game.





1.Call doctor for appointment. Gave us 11 a.m. to be worked in. I get my shower and get dressed.
2. Get him undressed for a shower.
3. Dry him off.
4. Help dress him.
5. Get him in the car which is an ordeal. Take him to the doctor. In waiting room for over an hour. There about an hour and forty five minutes total.
6. Go back home for an hour and I fixed lunch.
7. 2:30 leave to go get MRI.
8. Wait to see if he can have MRI because he may have an itsy bitsy teeny tiny piece of metal wire in his ear from surgery he had done in the early nineties and we are so old we can't remember for sure what year or the surgeon's name. So we sit in office for over an hour to see if they can get some info before sucking metal out the side of his head with a MRI.
9. MRI cannot be done since we don't know for sure about the metal in his ear so we are sent back to the doctor's office to get blood drawn so if by any chance he can have the MRI he will need a dye cast one done to see if there is scar tissue from previous back surgery in early nineties.
10. His doctor sends us to yet another place to have a skull series of x rays to see if said wire is in ear.
11. Radiologists has to make phone calls because he figures the x rays are not going to show this itsy bitsy teeny tiny wire in the ear. So after waiting 45 minutes for nothing we left there.
12. It is now 5:30 and we are exhausted and we have to stop and pick up his prescription for Loritabs.
13. Script is not ready when I go in and I wait another 25 minutes.
14. Come back home slowly walk him back into the house and get him to his chair.
15. Now what to eat for supper.

Today I have Leila from around noon to 5:30 or so. Maybe she will take a nice long nap.

I am Mr. Savvy's crutch for him to walk anywhere since he can't really feel his left foot much. I also have to drive him to all his appointments since he can't drive. His doctor is pretty sure it is a ruptured disc that is pushing against the nerve and that is why he can't feel his foot.
Then there is the joy of insurance and what neurosurgeon he can see. His doctor wants him to see someone and have surgery asap. The doctor he recommended is not on our insurance plan. Another doctor who is cannot see Mr. Savvy until May 1st! We can't wait that long!!

So we don't know much of anything yet and are just WAITING patiently.


This is the way I felt yesterday!

We went to bed early last night totally exhausted and feel better today.

See you tonight for Wow and I will announce the Kirkland's giveaway winner. So that gives you the rest of today to enter HERE.

102 comments:

  1. Such a maddening affair! You're in my thoughts and prayers for patience and a speedy recovery.

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  2. Oh that sounds typical.
    The only difference is all our doctors are covered.
    Did he try pulling up his legs to relieve some of the pain?
    I hope he has some relief soon.
    Been There....

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  3. So sorry to hear of your "Hurry up and Wait day". Hope Mr Savvy is feeling somewhat better today.

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  4. Oh dear, Oh dear......SO sorry for all of that! I hope you get a chance to rest today! I had a herniated disc years ago and my husband had a ruptured disc too. They are SO painful. Be good to yourself today...
    Lorraine

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  5. Awww...Kim, I am so sorry he is going through all this, and you TOO! If there is anything I can do, give me a shout! Thoughts and prayers!

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  6. What a nightmare! It is so frustrating to have to wait, especially when your poor husband is in pain. I hope you get some answers and are able to get it taken care of quickly. Praying for both of you!

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  7. So, so sorry, Kim. It's so hard when our "Main Guy" is down for the count. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    CAS

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  8. My goodness ... so sorry to hear, Kim! I hope you all get the answers you need soon, and that Mr. Savvy is able to maintain some level of comfort until then.

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  9. Man I feel your pain! The waiting is just as exhausting as a hard day of work! Poor man...can't they see the pain he is in? It is so frustrating and I am praying that he can rest and relax through it all. You too!

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  10. Kim,

    I hope that Mr. Savvy is feeling a bit better with some new pain meds and a little information as to what may be the problem. Take care of yourself as well as you are taking care of him, you cannot let yourself get down.

    Praying for you and hopeing for the best.

    Enjoy your day with your beautiful granddaughter! That is sure to bring a smile to your face and a lifet to your spirit.

    My thougts and prayers are with you, Elizabeth

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  11. Ugh! So frustrating! Hope your news gets better. It's so hard to see your loved ones suffering.

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  12. So sorry to hear about all of this. May God bless you and give you peace in your daily life. One comment about the metal in the ear - I cannot imagine that any doctor would have put actual metal in during any surgery in the 90's. MRIs have been around longer than that and surgeons started using titanium instead of metals because of MRIs. I had jaw surgery in 1989 and they put in titanium at that time. I'm not sure that I would have an MRI if I didn't know though! Best thoughts and prayers are headed your way.

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  13. Kim - I'm so sorry to hear this. Praying for a speedy recovery! Take care of yourself. xo

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  14. Kim, I'm so sorry to hear all of this. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

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  15. So sorry Kim. I used to deal with back injuries a lot in my former job and know how hard they are to deal with. I'm sending strong thoughts your way for a speedy recovery with as little pain as possible!

    Shari

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  16. OH my goodness. Poor Mr. Savy.. and you as well.. praying the insurance will work out for what he needs done in a speedy manner.. hugs ~lynne~

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  17. I am just catching up on a few blogs this morning. I am so sorry you have to go through this, Kim. Let me tell you though- better safe than sorry on the MRI and the metal piece. You don't even want to know how bad that can be!

    I hope he can find someone and get in right away. Surgery is scary no matter how needed it is. Hang in there. xo Diana

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  18. I hope he gets relief soon..

    Imagine how much worse it is for those without insurance..

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  19. So sorry! I loathe insurance...can't live with it, can't live without it! Hope everything goes smoothly today and that Mr. Savvy's pain is relieved.

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  20. That is horrible! Back issues are nasty to deal with! I hope all goes well for you and your husband! I am sure glad that we don't deal with medical insurance Companies in Canada!!

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  21. How awful! I hope something can be done soon.

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  22. Sometimes you are better off going to ER. They have to run the tests there. They wouldn't have done the MRI because of the wire thing but couldn't they do a CAT scan.....maybe not. I would think they could work a little faster. I know a friend that is having something similar in her arm......she has waited for over a month to have her ins. approve her MRI and EMG.
    I'm so sorry for your husband. I have had back pain and surgery and it stinks. Good luck.

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  23. Unfortunately I think many people avoid going now since the wait is unbearable. In my part of the world you can get told to get home, phone your family doctor and see them. That could mean a few months before you see anybody. Health care is certainly a mess everywhere.
    Very worrying for you both. I hope you find solutions and answers sooner than later.

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  24. Oh, Kim. So sorry you're having to go through this. He's lucky to have you. I'm with my mother now and this past weekend, she is just home for the hospital after falling and fracturing her leg. I've been setting up full time care for her for the next few weeks and helping her in her home. It's hell getting old!

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  25. Oh I am SOOOOOO sorry to hear about all this hardship you are dealing with. I feel so bad for Mr Savvy because he is in pain and so miserable having to be dependent on someone else for everything. That's bad enough! Then to have to drive everywhere and wait everywhere is NOT fun. I'm surprised you even have time to blog or even THINK about your party tonight, let alone babysitting Leila! I wish I lived closer. I'd come relieve you of your duties and let you get a long hot bath and bring you some food. I've never had a disc problem, but it sounds scary and very painful. As bad as this sounds though, maybe this will force Mr. Savvy to get some rest. I know how busy he stays. If you need anything, I can help you out on Thurs. or Fri. Just sayin.

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  26. So sorry to read this about Mr. Savvy. I will pray that everything works out fine (which I am sure it will). Take care of yourself too. You are no good to him worn out. Prayers and strength coming your way.

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  27. Kim, so sorry for everything you and Mr. Savy are going through. Just when you think you have problems you hear of someone else with something worse. I know how bad it is when your back is hurting. Just know that there are a lot of people praying for you and Mr. Savy. Hope things get better soon. Sheila

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  28. So sorry about your hubby. How frustrating to wait and wait. Our health system really does need changing. The current changes trying to be made are only going to make things worse I'm afraid. Wishing him a speedy recovery and very little wait time!

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  29. What a scary experience for both Mr. Savvy and yourself. I pray that all works well for him and he can get medical treatment asap. Hugs to you my friend. Diane

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  30. oh my Kim, that is so scary. I hope this gets resolved for your Mr Man very very soon if not sooner. It is not good to be in pain like that. He is just very lucky to have a loved one like you to help him to cope with everything that is now so hard if not impossible for him to manage to do.
    we must all count our blessings everyday and help those we can

    -KAT -

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  31. I'm so sorry this happened to your husband and hope he finds some answers/relief soon.

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  32. Sorry to hear you are going through this ordeal Kim. it is frustrating, all the waiting. I'll keep you both in my thoughts!

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  33. This is awful news to read. I hope he gets help and relief quickly. Mr MD went through this, for months on pain meds and it makes the person less than nice...(ugh). But luckily we did not need surgery. Dave found relief in a product called TrueBack sold online. It worked a miracle for him~he had spinal stenosis and the nerves were being pinched in the discs...but this separated the spaces and gave the nerves room. I was nervous my hubby would be unable to do anything physical ever again. So I just had to mention what worked for him.

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  34. As if it ALL isn't bad enough, you have to deal with insurance issues!! When is this country going to do something about the horrible insurance issues plaguing us all??!!!

    Hope it all works out.

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  35. Kim I am so sorry Mr Savy is having these issues. Drs and Ins are maddening! I had to take Mr ALC to the eye Dr yesterday as he had an awful abrasion on his eye. He is doing better with some medication I'm glad to say. I'm praying for you both. Hugs, Linda

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  36. Prayers for you and your hubby while you wait!
    Nancy

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  37. So sorry to hear of all your trouble and aggravation! I hope he gets in to see someone very quickly. ~ Maureen

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  38. Oh, I'm so sorry. Both for the overall situation and for the ridiculousness that ensued. Doctors are always about waiting, waiting, and more waiting. Hopefully Leila will bring some cheer into your house today!
    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  39. Kim, sweetheart, I feel so bad for the both of you. Here's a hug for you, and one for the Mr., and I'm sending wishes that everything works out soon.

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  40. Kim, what a crazy day, with what sounds like many more to follow unfortunately! Our daughter just phoned to say that she was on her way to see a surgeon. She went to the doctor today for a lump under her arm and they sent her on to see a surgeon. Now we are waiting to hear what they have to say...

    I hope Mr. Savvy feels better very soon!

    Kat

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  41. I so have had those days! They are the worst. I always wondered why I was so tired after them since all I did was sit there all day! So nice to know that you felt the same way! Continuing to think of you and your husband!

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  42. Gosh, Kim, I really hope everything is okay with Mr. Savvy. I also hope the waiting isn't overly long. Hugs, Kim

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  43. Kim, poor things. I'm so sorry for you and Mr. Savvy and his back being "out".
    Do let me know if you need anything.

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  44. I know all too well what you are going through. The appointments, caring for someone that can't care for themselves, frustrating doctors and insurance. I've cared for both parents. My Mom since 2002. She lives with me now, because she can't live alone anymore. She had five major surgeries in six weeks and rehab for over a year before coming home in a wheel chair. She is much better now, but it has been a long haul and taken a toll on us both. Take care of yourself, but I know that is often very hard to do in addition to everything that is going on with Mr. Savvy. Sending good thoughts your way!

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  45. Oh Kim... sounds awful. I hope you get some answers and resolution soon! Hopefully the Mr. is resting okay right now.

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  46. Holy Cow, Kim!! This really stirred up memories. I hope he can get in before May 1st. I know about that waiting. That is as exhausting as all the other things you mentioned. Get some rest when you can! Naps are a good thing.

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  47. Thinking about you and Mr. Savvy. Hope things turn out well. Dealing with medical situations is so flustrating. Be very nice to yourselves.
    Best,
    Susan

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  48. I'm sorry to hear about your husband. I swear by real Chinese acupuncture (by that I mean someone extensively trained in China)as it saved me from severe pain. Please consider it as a substitute for pain medications.

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  49. Sorry to hear about your husband!!I hope things work out ok!!

    Kathy

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  50. What a nightmare! I am so sorry that you two have to go through this! How very draining, both emotionally and physically! Hang in there Kim!
    You will be in my thoughts and prayers!
    xo-Lisa

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  51. We went through this so much with my dad. It's painful to watch but even more painful to endure. I pray that the doctors and the insurance will be able to figure this all out quickly so your hubby can get the help he needs!!!

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  52. Kim, I am so sorry to hear all Mr. Savvy and you ahve been going through. Getting old is nOT for sissies as they say:):) I hope they figure out exactly what is wrong and that he doesn't need surgery. Thoughts and prayers coming your way. XO, Pinky

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  53. What an ordeal you and Mr. Savvy had to endure! I'm so hoping that he's better today and can get some relief somehow, somewhere soon! Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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  54. Kim:

    You and Mr. Savvy will be in my thoughts. I hope he is doing better now. Hang in there.

    Best,

    Cori

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  55. Sorry to hear about you horrific day! I'm sure it is frustrating for both of you! I pray that he will find relief some way soon!
    Yvonne

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  56. Oh, sweet Kim, sorry to hear about your ordeal. The waiting game is so typical of our health care these days. You will be in my prayers.

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  57. Hope your hubby is well soon. Draining for everyone, I know. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  58. Oh, Kimmie! What an ordeal. I'm so sorry Mr. Savvy is going through this and you both will be in my prayers. I know this is hard for you both.
    Blessings,
    Shelia ;)

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  59. I'm sure sorry...I hope your hubby is better soon.

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  60. Poor Kim. I feel your pain. Two years ago Hubbs went thru an emergency Liver surgery and was down about 2 months total (b/c he developed pulmonary emboli and almost died), then last Summer he had double knee replacement surgery. I have had my share of being the crutch and nursemaid. Just one thing to think about in advance b/c it was a lifesaver to me both times. Rent a mechanical recliner which will allow your hubby to come to an almost standing position with the touch of a remote. My husband is 6'1" and weights 230. There is no way i could lift him up. I don't know what I would have done without that chair. Thinking og you both and praying you have some answers soon. Hugs, Barb

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  61. Kim, I am so sorry to hear this about Mr. Savvy....hopefully they will be able to do the MRI...read it...and then find a doctor who won't make him wait until May to get some relief! The medical world is a CRAZY place!!!

    Lou Cinda

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  62. Kim, what an ordeal! I am so sorry y'all are going through this. Things seem to move too slowly in the medical world. My hubby will get results on an MRI two weeks after the MRI! Hang in there. Linda

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  63. So sorry to hear about your stressful day Kim! I hope the hubby is a little more comfortable with the meds and hopefully you'll have some news soon! Waiting is the worst!

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  64. Thinking of you and hoping all will be well very soon.

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  65. I feel badly for you and Mr. Savvy. Hopefully he will get the problem resolved quickly and without much ado. Blessings xo

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  66. I cannot even imagine how frustrated you both are. Good luck...surely this too shall pass! Blessings!

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  67. Oh, Kim, you are so blessed to have each other. It's a nightmare dealing with all the doctors offices and insurance. I pray you both sleep better tonight and he gets to see the right doctor soon.

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  68. YIKES....what an ordeal!!!! So sorry you are having to go through this!!! Hope all turns out well for you and the road to recovery is not a long one!!! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!!!

    Patti

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  69. Kim,
    So sorry about Mr. S. Hope all is well soon!
    Sherry

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  70. OMG!!! So sorry you are going through this. I hope the surgery can be ASAP as needed. See you tonight.

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  71. How frustrating for you! I work in a medical clinic, so I hear this type of thing all the time. I am totally sympathetic, because I hate the waiting game, too! I hope things speed up for your husband's sake!!

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  72. Good grief -- what a mess. I am so sorry for the whole experience. These things are never easy to endure, are they? I certainly hope all goes well, and will keep you and yours in my thoughts. I think the medical profession seems to be in a state of confusion.

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  73. Don't wait to have the surgery. I had the same symptoms appear Dec 15, 2010. My mother convinced me to get a second opinion. So I waited 2 weeks to get into another neuro. By the time I had the surgery it was January 6, 2011. It doesn't always happen to every one but the feeling never completely returned to my leg and foot. By waiting you run the risk of permanent nerve damage. Praying for your husband and you.

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  74. Ugh - that's horrible! It is terrible waiting on doctors and not knowing what's going on. Hope all is well with your hubs.
    Kelly

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  75. Oh my, I am sorry for the ordeal you are both going through. Mr. Savvy is blessed to have you to support him "in sickness and in health." Hoping all is resolved soon.

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  76. So sorry Kim. There is nothing worse than dealing with doctor, medical people and waiting rooms.

    I hope that Mr. Savvy gets the help he needs and gets better soon.
    In the meantime, take care of yourself too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  77. Praying For Mr. Savvy and that surgery Happens Fast. Also that you are able to be strong for him.

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  78. So sorry to read that your husband is in so much pain. I hope things get better real soon for him!

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  79. Oh Kim, I have back pain but never surgery so I can sorta understand what you are going through. My prayers are with you and especially your hubby. My God lay his hands on doctors that can heal his back and get him back to good health.

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  80. Kim, I am so sorry you and your hubby are going through all this. It sounds scary and very fustrating. I will be praying your hubby can get patched up quickly and is feelng better very soon.

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  81. Oh no. I'm so sorry. My prayers are with him and you. I hope relief happens soon.

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  82. Oh Kim, I am so very sorry to hear this. I hope he recovers soon and I pray that you both can maintain your patience during this difficult time.

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  83. I hope Mr. Savvy is feeling better soon! There is nothing worse than waiting and being at the mercy of doctors!

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  84. Waiting is the worst. I know about tracking down doctors, we had to track a heart doctor down for my husband from ten years ago. I guess now everything will be electronically stored. Best thoughts coming your way. Lori

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  85. O, bless ya'lls hearts. I am so sorry about all this.
    The waiting is very hard...the long day, even worse.
    So hoping all turns out well...and pls know I am thinking of you and sending prayers up for him. Pooor Mr. Savvy....
    love, bj

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  86. awww,Kim I'm sorry to hear this news! That poor man, must be in so much pain:( Must be so frustrating with the waiting especially when you are so worried and in pain!Hoping and praying everything goes well with the MRI result. Keeping Mr Savvy and you in my prayers!Hugs,Poppy

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  87. Dear Kim, I'm late catching up. So sorry to read that Mr Savvy is having such problems and you are both being mucked about and kept hanging around. Sincerely hope there is much improvement soon, and MRI results are positive. I'll be sending positive thoughts across the pond to you both.
    Sending virtual {{hugs}}
    Rose H
    x

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  88. Sending lots of love an thoughts your way.

    Jennifer and Family

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  89. Oh my goodness Kim. What an awful ordeal you've both been through. I will definitely keep you both in my prayers and hope hubby gets some relief soon.

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  90. Oh Kim, I am so sorry to hear this. I pray that he gets relief from the pain and that you find the right doctor (under your ins. plan) and the strength to get through this trial.
    Angie

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  91. Oh, Kim - I am so sorry! I will pray for him (and you)!

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  92. oh my Kim.
    what a nightmare.
    thinking of you both - and hoping some good news comes soon.
    cheryl xox.

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  93. Bless your heart - what a stressful few days you and your husband have had. I don't have a blog but love to visit yours and see what pretty decorating you have done. Sending up prayers for your family.

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  94. Sending prayers your way for you and Mr. Savvy.

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  95. Kim, I know exactly what M.S. is going through as I have had the very same thing happen to me - ruptured disc. After 9 months of pain and feigned attempts at PT and steroid injections, I had surgery. I hope that the doctors can get your husband in on an cancellation list to move up his appt. So sorry you are going through this. I have been nursing my son back to health after having an emergency appendectomy last Thursday and now he has a horrific case of strep throat. Poor baby. Prayers for you and Mr. S.

    xxoo
    Becky

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  97. Sounds like he could have a herniated disk in his lower back...the nerves to the foot come out from the spinal column there. Try ice on the lower back where he felt the pain. A few weeks ago I had excruciating pain in my neck, and have had a stiff neck and shoulder for about 2 years. I could barely write because my thumb and hand hurt. Out of desperation I went to a chiropractor and she had me icing down my neck every hour for 10 minutes. After a few visits, I was feeling much better. My thumb doesn't hurt anymore and now I can write easily. Evidently the area of the neck that hurt is where the nerves to the hand come out. Go figure. Started going to the chiro 3 weeks ago and now am much better. I still have to go once a week. It's similar to physical therapy I went to several years ago for my other shoulder. Hope Mr. Savvy is feeling better.

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  98. Oh my gosh Kim....just reading the recap of your day left me frustrated. I have had some back issues before also and I am sure they are nothing like a ruptured disk. I can relate to the pain...my was sciatica and even pain meds did not make it feel better. I really hope he can get some relief soon.

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  99. So terribly sorry I have missed all this. Was on Spring break with the family in FL for a week and did not realize what you have been going through.

    You are both in my prayers.
    God bless.
    xoxox
    Alison

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  100. Dear Kim, My prayers and thoughts are with with Mr., you, and your beautiful little girl. Great wellness and health! xoSunny109

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  101. This is why I hate it when life gets in the way and I miss something in Blogland. I had to keep scrolling back to see why your husband couldn't travel. I hate it that this happened to him, I get the impression he isn't the type to "slow down". I'm also sorry for you because my husband was off 6 weeks with major surgery a few years ago and he also doesn't rest and relax well. The first week I was so loving and caring, by the second week I was asking him to stay in a different room from me! I was glad to see by the update that he is doing well.

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