It's been quite a while since my last post, time has moved so quickly I feel like I haven't been able to catch my breath.
After the spinal injections I had in September didn't work as well as we had hoped I decided to deal with the pain while I decided if I wanted another round of injections. In the meantime I saw a podiatrist to inquire about footwear because I noticed when I put on shoes I feel my hips and legs shift a bit and when I take off my shoes I am sometimes in agony. I had mentioned this to the orthopedic surgeon and he made an appointment to the podiatrist in the office.
After seeing the podiatrist I felt a little more confident about putting off the injections for awhile and holding off on the other alterative: surgery. The doctor gave me a prescription of sorts for custom made insoles for my shoes and also suggest I try some over the counter brands first and gave me a few brands to try. So far I can feel the difference with the inserts in my shoes. I actually was able to walk over 3 miles my first day of a long walk. I hadn't planned on that long of a walk but I went right on the trail instead of left and oh my goodness I felt it later in the day, not in pain so much as tired.
I'm still dealing with the pain in the back and knees and will try the injections again where the doctor will try for a wider area. If not, another back surgery may be in my future.
I have some embroidery pieces finished, this one for autumn was from a purchased pattern on Etsy called BeCo Productions: