So, I went for the shot last week. Like most things, my anxiety about it and the fear of the unknown was worse than the reality.... but it was still NOT fun.
My crazy friend Dana went with me and lovingly held my hand during the whole procedure. I kept apologizing for being such a baby; my face was completely flushed and Dana said she could tell I was really anxious. "I can't believe I am being such a baby as I hold the hand of a woman who has given birth to two children!", I whined. But Dana was quite empathetic and felt my anxiety with my needle phobia.
I was on my stomach, unable to see anything that was happening to my back - and thank GOD for that. I kept my face buried in my arm as Dana kept saying, "Squeeze my hand!" She loves medical procedures and a couple times said, "OH, that's cool!", referring to the ultra sound screen which showed the 7 inch needle going completely into my spine. Uggg.
It's been over a week and so far everything is status quo. I've been on a few rides, one was 3 hours, and I dismounted to the same pain/discomfort. It is perhaps slightly better, but not by much.
I'd been told this injection was the magic bullet if there was one. If it worked I'd know it pretty definitively. Dr Mautner is a bit concerned that there have been no improvements. We both agree that we're about out of moves...
Tomorrow I am doing an all-women's sprint in Atlanta. I'm the designated last place finisher, which I LOVE. I love running back and forth amid the women and bringing then in to the finish line, then heading back out for more. I love finishing last for a race like that so NO woman feels like they were last. It'll be a fun race, and nice fo rme to be out there moving with people again.
I'll report in how the back holds up...