May 20th, 2011

A Tale of Treatment

As promised in this entry, I said that I would talk about the chiropractor and the treatment that I've been getting for my sciatica.

It had gotten to the point that, after this post on the 9th of May, I felt that I needed to do something since the back and hip/leg problems were getting worse, and to be honest, I was reacting very poorly (or should that be badly?) to the PMS-hydromorphone (a very powerful narcotic) that was prescribed by the doctor in the hospital the week before. My mother suggested that I go see her chiropractor, as she had spoken to the lady, who was willing to help me out, at least doing an assessment and then letting me know if she could do something for me. So mom and I hopped in a taxi on the Wednesday afternoon, me still pretty much unable to walk because of the pain, and headed down to the chiropractor's offices.

The offices are pretty tastefully decorated, very nice and somewhat soothing, something that I appreciated right off the bat. After waiting for about 10 minutes (sitting in their relatively firm chairs was a goddess-send), the chiropractor took me into the room, had me lie down as best I could, and started her assessment. She told me that my area around the hip and near my spine was so swollen and enflamed that I was lucky to be standing. After prodding and poking around, she told me that her assessment is that I've slipped a disc and that's what is causing the problem with my sciatic nerve. She said that she could help me, but warned that the process would be slow; chiropracty doesn't work miracles overnight, and that she could potentially get me back on my feet relatively pain-free.

After assessing me, she told me that would start with some medical acupuncture. She put the needles in me in the spinal and hip area, and attached electrodes to stimulate or do whatever they do to the muscles, and applied a heat pack on my upper back and cold compresses to the area with the electrodes (I guess; I was still pretty out of it from the hydromorphone) that were being stimulated/whatever. I think I lay like that for a good half hour or more. I have to say that it felt as if I was being jolted on the muscles to the point where they spasmed almost without end. After the medical acupuncture, it was a walk up and down the office corridor for almost ten minutes, and this was followed by some back adjustment on what, at the time, felt to me like a torture rack. <weak g> Then it was back to the medical acupuncture for another ten minutes and rinse and repeat.

Suffice it to say, by the end of the first treatment I was able to get up and actually walk, still in pain, but it wasn't as severe as it had been when I entered the office. The chiropractor told me to take a muscle relaxant/analgesic like Robaxacet, preferably with a pain killer, to get a little bit of relief from the muscle pain and general backaches that accompany sciatica, and to try and go about doing my regular stuff as best I can. Just can't sit back and lie down and wait for it to go away. At the time, there was this feeling that I was wasting away, that the sciatica would not go away, and that...well, let's just say that I was convinced at the time that things weren't going to get better any time soon.

I've seen the chiropractor now for just over a week, and the change is miraculous. I'm still in a modicum of pain, but it seems that the Robaxacet (soon to be replaced by Tylenol Back Pain) is keeping the situation under control, and hopefully the inflammation/swelling of the hip will continue to go down. Between the long Victoria Day weekend, the clinic hours, and CanGames, I won't see the chiropractor until Wednesday of next week again. Hopefully, things will...stay the course.

Tarbosaurus Gangs?

An interesting new study has concluded that Tyrannosaurus Rex wasn't so dumb after all.

Tyrannosaurus Rex Hunted in Bloodthirsty Packs, Researchers Claim

While I find the claims interesting and all, and the study definitely has something to offer us, I found that this commment on the study made some valid points as well.

Tarbosaurus Gangs: What Do We Know?

Now, you be the judge. Still, interesting study and looking forward to hearing more about this find and its implications and ramifications. :)

CanGames 2011 Starts Today

Well, today is the start of CanGames, the local gaming convention here in Ottawa. I'll be spending the rest of the morning getting ready to go to the convention, putting together all the stuff that I need for the con, among other things.

For those who are going to the convention or who might be interested, here's the listing of the games that I'm running with times and descriptions included:

Dead or Alive
Game: Desolation RPG
Time: Friday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: In a secluded valley that is filled with a more than ominous green mist, the line between life and death has been blurred. Explore the valley as you uncover dark secrets and unravel mysteries that threaten all in the area. Adventure in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world of Desolation.

A Woodland Adventure
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Saturday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: When your characters are sent in to investigate a creature sighting after a young girl has been attacked by a "monster", your team finds more in the woods than they bargained for in the form of a scientific mystery... oh, and there's the Anomaly, too! An adventure for the new Primeval RPG, based on the hit British tv series.

Peril Beneath the Streets
Game: Primeval RPG
Time: Saturday, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: When your team is called in to deal with an Anomaly in the London Underground, complications arise in the form of trapped passengers on board a disabled train, and a treasure from the past. An adventure for the new Primeval RPG, based on the hit British tv series.

Any Port in a Storm
Game: Desolation RPG
Time: Sunday, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Number of Players: 6
Description: You've stumbled upon the remains of a once thriving port city - but what lies beyond its shattered walls? Is it a beacon of hope, offering a place of safety and respite? Or is it just another wilderness, filled with predators of a different kind? Adventure in the post-apocalyptic fantasy world of Desolation.

I've also got a bunch of stuff that I plan to sell at the convention this year, as I really need to make some space on my gaming shelves and in my storate cupboard. Hopefully I can sell most of the stuff off for a half-decent price, since I am somewhat strapped for cash right now for various reasons.

For those who've been reading my journal the last month or so, I'm still suffering from the sciatica, even though I've had some relief through my chiropractor, but this is going to make the CanGames weekend...interesting (and difficult) for me, to say the least. I just hope that things go well, and that with luck, I'm alright when the weekend is over and done with.

I won't be spending a lot of time on the computer this weekend, so folks will have to wait for when I have spare time or the post-convention report for stuff about CanGames 2011. Hopefully, some of my friends going to CanGames will be taking a few pictures and the like for posting all over the net. <hint, hint> :)

In any event, I hope I'll see of you at the convention. Just look for the guy with the pillow behind his back, and walking around pretty slowly for the most part. :)