A bit of panic struck this evening at the pharmacy when we couldn’t get Nick’s pain medicine without giving them $600. Of course, we didn’t pay $600 for the prescription; we ended up leaving without it. We are severely frustrated because Nick FINALLY has his pain under control with the use of these new meds, but they’re making it extremely difficult to get our hands on them. Just because there was an epidemic of junkies who would smash them up to snort them, doesn’t mean they’re not legitimately effective for people like Nick who are not abusing them but who need something powerful. We haven’t quite figured out what we’re going to do about this situation, especially since he runs out tomorrow. The added blow, is this is the third pharmacy we’ve dealt with in 8 months. These are the non-fun moments of our lives (like everything else is exceptionally fun, right?)
We also discovered that Nick now has osteoporosis in his hips. It’s hard to believe a once fit, active and healthy dude in his early 30’s could get osteoporosis. But after some research, it seems possible due to Nick’s immobilization and limited weight bearing on his legs. What a bummer. We found out only because Project Walk required a bone density exam prior to admission. During orientation, they asked if Nick would be interested in participating in an in-house trial to track the correlation of bone density and exercise. This would require testing his density regularly. This sounds like a great idea. He’s already started on calcium and vitamin D supplements, plus he’s walking more, so maybe his bones will begin improving naturally. That’s what we’re hoping for anyway.
Nick’s therapy at Project Walk was incredible today. He did a lot of mat work, crawling and core stabilization. He did squats, real sit-ups, and even practiced standing with his hand crutches. We are STILL thoroughly impressed by Project Walk and by Nick’s specialist Bree. We couldn’t be happier there.