Cautiously optimistic

Well, the epidural injection was Friday morning: single level; 1 mg of dexamethasone sodium phosphate, a very strong steroid. The instructions said that I might feel the steroid’s effect in 3-5 days: so today would be about right (day 4).

And…and…..well, my walks, while 1 mile…have been pain free, and the after the fact: less pain; some stiffness here and there. The neurogenic claudication symptoms feel ..less. But..I haven’t challenged myself.

But…just weightless squats feel a LOT stronger, walking pace is picking up, and less soreness after the walk.

Warning signs: I did feel foot tingles last night around bed time, but some forward bends took care of it.

Side note: my belt squat belt and loading pin are here. I can do belt squats using weight plates as a step stools should be here soon.

Workout notes

Yesterday: BU was closed so no swimming. Still, full PT and 2 one mile walks: 1 before, 1 after with some POST WALK left hip/IT/glute soreness (similar to post deadlifts in days past) Note: top walk was walk no 2.

Today: indoor PT, walk 1, outdoor PT with pull ups, push ups), walk 2.

Then indoor weights.

Yes, the pace is improving..probably because my legs are finally getting nerve signals.

The weights:

pull ups: 10 singles, 10, 6-4, 5-5, 5 mixed, 5 mixed, 5 wide, 5 chin

push ups: 30 incline, 4 x 10 with banded walks, 30 decline

indoor: bench: 10 x 134, 10 x 145, dead: 10 x 134, 10 x 184 (focus on leg push and straight back), curls 2 sets of 10 x 50, high incline: 2 sets of 10 x 94 Swiss bar.

All in all..sweaty mess and maybe I did myself some good.