Editor's Musings

The doctors/experts tell me I have a hairline fracture of the spine. I may have had this for years. And this summer, it revolted.

If I may be so bold as to diagnose my initial trouble...I  told the medical professional that I needed something for a cold. I was told that it was just a little virus going around and that it would pass. In my case, the cough became a bronchial infection and from there - that was almost six months ago - one thing led to another...and this is my present diagnoses.

Spondylolysis is a breakdown or fracture of the narrow bridge between the upper and lower facets, called the pars interarticularis. It can occur on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral) and at any level of the spine, but most often at the fourth or fifth lumbar vertebra.

I lost 50 pounds. I have some pain and some numbness and I wish I could sleep even a little bit. I have been referred to a surgeon but as yet, no appointment. I go to a physiotherapist who has me on a vigorous exercise regime. Meanwhile, they are monitoring my heart - I go back on a monitor next week for a day or two followed by a stress test, and I am getting another MRI...but I ain’t going to die folks. I am here for at least another 20 years.

Around the middle of June, after a ride on the motorcycle (I have a Honda Goldwing which may weigh between 8 and 900 pounds), I parked it in the garage and it has not moved an inch since then. My legs are not very strong and should the bike balance become a little askew, I think it might go down.

In conversation, I asked about someone’s scooter and a few days later I owned it. Apparently, it goes around 12 kms per hour. It has lights, blinkers, a horn and more. With respect, I can go almost anyplace around town with it. When I get to a store or restaurant, I park it and walk in. In all of Elmvale, I have found only one restriction. On the north side of Queen Street (the main street) we have a minimum six inch curb all the way from the lights (Yonge St) down to Maria St. (street to the arena). The only way to get from the north side to the south side of the street - or vice-versa, is to go to the intersections. I don’t know if that flies in any access rules but, that is the only limitation I have experienced.