On being ill
So I didn’t post regular updates like I originally wanted to. I think that’s mostly because I was too depressed to think about it all enough to write it down. My recovery has not gone anywhere near what the common recovery is for spinal fusion. I ended up having a second surgery four weeks after the first to repair my unhealed incision. Not to mention the massive nerve pain...
Nine days after
Woke up this morning with the normal excruciating pain, along with an uncomfortable pressure at my incision site. But I took my meds and did some sway-in-place warmups and was surprisingly able to do about six laps between the bedrooms up here. But then I hurt too much to sit down and pee, so I’ll just try that later. Little goals.
Eight days later
And I still feel like I was hit by a bus. Have had no discernable improvement whatsoever since I got home from hospital. I am so frustrated and angry and tired of the pain. I just want to be able to sit long enough to eat a meal, and stand long enough to take a damn shower. Have to go in Friday to get my stitches out, but honestly have no idea how I’m gonna make the car ride, since the...
Two days after
Surgery day was a blur for the most part. I do remember checking in early, and bring in pre op area with Aaron for about a hour or so. Then they rolled me into surgery and put a breathing mask on me…and that was all she wrote until I woke up after surgery in recovery area. That was a blur too. After being put in my room, the rest of the day was mostly sleeping, interspersed with nurses...
Got the call from the hospital, have to be there at 5 am tomorrow. Guess that means I’ll be first in line, I hope. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Guess I better eat decent today! I seriously need a nap about now, though. My nerves are tiring me out the past couple of days.
Three, two, one
Sitting here in the living room, relaxing with my best little man, watching All About Monster Trucks once again. Loving the time I have this day with Nik, before the long journey of recovery after spinal fusion tomorrow. Started to get things packed for the stay at moms afterwards, but having second thoughts. Some people tend to overreact to situations and end up causing hurt and extra...
So with four days left, today (yesterday) was my last day at work. I was able to get everything wrapped up that I needed to and my boss left met out a little early, which was much appreciated. I picked up Nik and we went to dinner at Panera, then came home and relaxed a bit before he passed out from exhaustion. Poor little dude has been so tired this week because of Aarons second shift...
Seven, Six, Five
So this will cover seven, six and five days before surgery…since I haven’t posted since eight. Over the past few days, I’ve been kind of lax, and not doing much to get ready for surgery day. I guess I’m kind of burned out and frustrated…feeling kind of alone in all of this. My eldest doesn’t seem to give two craps about anything dealing with me, and poor Aaron is so busy working and driving...
Not much today. Really just kind of angry…but that’s a whole different story. The nurse called this morning and said that the MRI didn’t show any cervical spine issues, so the numbness in my arms and hands is most likely carpal tunnel. Yay, something different to deal with now, too. At least the night braces are helping with the pain and numbness at night, and I can get a...
With nine days left, I’ve been checking YouTube some more to watch videos that other people have done who went through this surgery. Its been enlightening and informative, if not a little scary. I’ve also been trying to find a good medication log app for my phone, since meds are going to be a big part of my recovery. Although, I can’t seem to find one that matches exactly...
10 days to go
Officially 10 days left until my surgery. I went to see my neuro yesterday, who will be doing my surgery, Dr. Peter Gerszten. I’ve been having horrible numbing and pain in my hands. It mostly comes out at night while I’m sleeping. I don’t think I’ve gotten more than 4.5 hours of sleep a night in the past week because of the combined pain in my back, legs and now hands....
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Guess I will start a new blog and try out tumblr. They always say to write what you know, so I guess I’ll write about my current struggles with spinal stenosis, and dealing with the day to day of that. Right now, I’ve been dealing with spinal stenosis that came about from a deteriorating fight with spondylolisthesis. Before I continue, let me explain what both of those are. ...