I guess it’s just about time for an update. Where to begin..? How long has it been..? Tet, I guess.
In late February we did the Tet (lunar new year) thing here, and rang in the year of the goat (or sheep if you prefer). Winter felt surprisingly mild this year, with more nice, sunny days in January and February than I think there usually are. Aside from visiting friends and family, we didn’t do much during Tet. I was nursing a lower back injury. I had tweaked my lower back muscles playing ball hockey in late January, and I thought it would be better fairly soon.
Going into March, my back did feel like it was getting better — until it got worse, of course. This wasn’t just lower back pain, which I’ve felt with a few times before; this was pain in my lower back with pain radiating down the back of my right leg. (Sciatica?) So I went to see a doctor, he sent me off for an MRI, and it confirmed that I had a herniated disk (L5/S1) which was compressing the S1 nerve on the right side. The doc gave me pain killers, NSAIDs, and set me up with the physiotherapist. All of these things helped, but now it’s late April and I’m still not completely over it yet. Which really sucks because it has derailed my daily exercise routine(s) and makes life difficult in general. Even the simplest things – like putting on a pair of pants or tying shoelaces – can be quite the chore on a bad day!
The timing of my lower back problems was pretty bad, as my mum and aunt came to visit us in Vietnam for three weeks (late March to mid April). It was unfortunate that when they arrived I had to leave the city tours and other sight-seeing and shopping excursions to Hien and Jane, while I rested my back in a hotel room, went to physiotherapy, etc. Anyway, on my good-back-days, I was also able to join in the fun. In the end, we managed to take them to some fun places in Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Ninh Binh, and Hoi An. Things even worked out that they were able to attend my sister-in-law’s wedding in Ninh Binh and Thai Binh!
Since my mum and aunt flew back to Canada (two weeks ago now), I haven’t been doing a heck of a lot. Watching baseball, getting a few things done around the house, and waiting on my next contract.
Speaking of my next contract: It looks like I will (maybe?) be working with Uniterra in Vietnam for one more year. I haven’t signed anything yet, so who knows, but that’s what I’m supposed to be doing. I’m just patiently waiting on everything to be sorted out over in Ottawa.