My MRI was pretty awful. I don't generally get claustraphobic, but I've never been in the smaller machine before, I've always been in the open one. They put me in head first, but it hurt my shoulders so much (severe RA in them) that they pulled me out and turned me around and put me in feet first and I had to put my arms over my head, which was also uncomfortable, but was way better, plus I could see out of the machine a little bit and that calmed down the panic of being so enclosed.
I was in so much pain by the time I got off the table that it has taken me until today to recover. I had no strength or grip in my right arm yesterday, which happens sometimes when the shoulder stays in a position for too long that is bad for it. It was back today, though.
The doctor's nurse called me with the results. I have moved from mild to moderate diagnosis via x-ray to moderate to severe via MRI degenerative disc disease with changes in the plates. So I am being referred to a neurosurgeon. That doesn't necessarily mean surgery. There may be other things that can be tried first that is not physical therapy. Pain management and cortizone shots while I try to lose more weight. If I can manage the pain better I can walk around better and get some real exercise. It's always been hard for me to lose weight from just dieting alone.
After trying those, we might consider a nerve block, but I want more info on that. Failing that, surgical intervention may be required. It may be required from the start, though. That's what the referral is for, to find out.
I haven't done anything in the garden the last two days except keep my son company while he picked strawberries. I needed the fresh air and while DS is willing to do the work, he likes having someone to talk to while he does it. No photos yet for LAL.
I watched the US Nationals Gymnastics. It's kind of a forgone conclusion anymore who is going to win with the women, which kind of takes the suspense out of it for me. I enjoyed it anyway. Simone is fun to watch and has so much power, but she really doesn't seem to ever stick the landings. She excels so much that it doesn't matter, but after all these years, I would expect her to get better at that. And her artistry is almost non-existent. The men stick their landings a lot better than the women did.
I really liked Suni. She has more artistry in her little finger than anyone else and she stuck her landings more often. And that's with coming back from a foot and ankle injury. She was just beautiful to watch, so graceful and not so much about the power, though she is clearly very strong. Her floor routine and her balance beam were so pretty.
I see a lot of potential in Jordan. She's got better artistry than Simone, but Simone barely has any, just depends on her power. Her routines are not as difficult or complicated, but give her a couple more years and she might be able to challenge even more. I am looking forward to the Olympics. I don't watch much, but I do enjoy men's and women's gymnastics.
I liked watching the guys, too, but it is all about power and strength there. So it's cool and fun and impressive, but more about skill than anything. I prefer artistry.
Not much else going on around here.