Coupled with the holidays and laziness when it comes to working out I became very inconsistent in going to the gym around mid October. There are so many reasons when it came to the laziness factor that really didn't make any sense for my fitness goals, but I gave in and didn't go to the gym as often as I was before.
Kind of a blessing in disguise however, because my back started hurting again and I had to go back to the doctors right after the new year. It turns out that my back damage is more extensive that what I been orgionally told. According to the MRI I had it done in February of 2015 I have two slipped discs, 1 bulging disc and some nerve compression at the very base of my spine. Suffice it to say I wasn't supposed to be working out in the first place. My doctor's office accidentally send me to physical therapy instead of a Neurosurgeon. My doctor is not happy with his staff, but as long as I don't have any permanent damage to my back there is really nothing that I can do to correct the error. Anger isn't going to help the situation or change anything so I'm choosing to just let everything roll and try to make my way to a neurosurgeon as soon as possible to see what we can do for my back.
Not to worry. I've had plenty of suggestions for leaving that doctor and going to someone else, but right now this doctor can get me to a neurosurgeon really fast and at this point I don't want to drag my feet because I've gotten mad at his office staff.
In November I had an appointment with my endocrinologist who told me that one of the three nodules I had my thyroid also grew since May. He said that he was going to see me in March and do another ultrasound. About a week before new year however, I got a letter in the mail saying that my endocrinologist left his practice and I was dropped as a patient. I went to my primary doctor and he said we could take care of all my endocrinology needs right there in this office. He said he is sending me out for an ultrasound today (1/13) at 4:30. Honestly, him being super motivated to get the ball rolling is very good to me. It shows that there isn't laziness or lack of motivation on his part. I just hope that his staff can get their butts together and get me to my appointments as needed. I now know that I'm going to have to follow up with every little thing because there is a lack of communication.
Surgery yesterday went really well too. I had a tubal ligation. The recovery has been fairly easy. The only thing that has bothered me the most is the pain in my belly button where they had the incision site and the pain in my shoulders and neck from the air they pumped into me to do the surgery. I'm just glad that the recovery is so minimal. I expected a lot more of a struggle.
In regards to my title;
My gym hiatus is basically coming from the issues with my back. I went to Planet Fitness and closed my membership last week before my surgery. It was a sad moment, but it was necessary. I will probably hold off from going back to Planet Fitness for a year. I want to give my nerosurgeon a chance to work with me and figure out what it is that they want to do to help with my back issues.
I am going to join Jonathan's gym and start doing laps in the pool once I'm able to submerge in the water. I need to have two weeks from yesterday for my tubal ligation sutures to completely heal. Apparently, I can't submerge my body in water until then. My plan of swimming laps in the pool and sitting in the sauna or hot tub will be great. At least for the next year or so. It'll give me an opportunity to still be active, but I won't be doing any weight training that might hurt my back.
So yeah, that's my update. Looking forward to getting into some activity again, but for now it is recovery time.