Well, the “Toad” is at the dealer having a brand new engine installed. I feel better about the whole situation now that I’ve had time to think about it. It’s expensive but they’re going to warrant the engine for two years, unlimited mileage and I have their loaner car to use until the car is ready. I’m hoping that this will extend the usage of the toad for many more years and it will be one less thing to worry about when we’re living on the road full time.
Now I have another even bigger decision to make. I saw my orthopedic surgeon again today. He confirmed his earlier diagnosis that I need to have back surgery, and sooner rather than later. I’ve struggling with back pain that has gotten progressively worse since the spring. I’ve tried a chiropractor, 4 months of physical therapy, and two epidurals, all without any meaningful relief. I am not a good patient, I don’t like pain, and I have no patience waiting to heal. The only surgery I’ve ever had (with the exception of two stents back in 2004) was for a double hernia last year and I did not enjoy that process at all. In the 25 years I’ve worked for FedEx I have never taken time off during “peak” season, not even a single sick day. Now if I have the surgery I will be out for 8 to 12 weeks. But at this point I don’t think I can wait, I am in pain whenever I stand or walk. Even though I leaning towards scheduling the surgery, my cardiologist and orthopedist need to work out a few details. The orthopedist says I need to be off of my blood thinners for two weeks after the surgery but my cardiologist says absolutely not. I have a blood disorder, anticardiolipid-antibody syndrome which has required me to take them for the last twenty years. Hopefully they can find an acceptable treatment compromise and I can have the surgery.
My original plan was to be the healthiest I have been in twenty years before I retire. I’m hoping that this part of the plan will be the most successful. I’ll keep you posted on all of these “minor ” decisions.