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Post Surgery Update

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Thank you to everyone who gave me so much support! I only had one procedure done due to some unforeseen complications during surgery. The doctor had to stop after the first procedure so I'll have to have a second surgery. I had drainage tubes put in while I was in the hospital. Thank goodness they were removed before I was released from the hospital. Those stitches hurt a little!

Currently, I have to do nothing and stay in the house for 10-14 days which I can easily live with. The doctor put a hard collar on my neck for six weeks . I am allowed to take it off for showering and to sleep at night as long as I don't get up during the night. Since I do get up several times during the night, I've been sleeping with it on my neck. I've been pretty sleepy, which I understand is normal for the first 10 days.

I noticed the pain difference in my left arm right away. I have to be very careful to prop my arms up for the 10-14 day period so they won't pull on the cervical spine area. After that, I don't know what I'll be able to do. I won't see the doctor again until my six week check up.

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/12/2011 2:29PM

    I am away on vacation but wanted to pop by SP to check on you. Continue to heal and recover. Praying for full recovery with no pain. emoticon

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AMANDAJCD 9/12/2011 12:44PM

    So glad you updated us -- hang in there, and I hope this recovery time passes quickly :)

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2011 12:19PM

    Thanks for the update. I hope you aren't too disappointed that they couldn't do it all at once. I guess what really matters is the long term result -- and I have a good feeling that you are on the road to health and pain-free living!! Sure hope so. -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/12/2011 8:29AM

    Sounds like you made an awesome first step to recovery. We're so glad to hear from you!

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IMMORTALTESSA 9/11/2011 11:06PM

    I am so happy that you are feeling some difference already. I hope you have a speedy and complete recovery. Take care. Tess

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TBRANCH2 9/11/2011 10:12PM

    This is great news! Hope you heal quickly and look forward to seeing you soon!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/11/2011 10:09PM

    great news!!!
so glad to hear you are home!!!
take it easy and don't over do!!!
blessings and hugs......lita

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WILD4STARS 9/11/2011 7:47PM

    It all sounds positive! Keep us posted.

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My Checklist Preparation

Sunday, September 04, 2011

I've made a list of what I'm currently doing just for myself to make myself feel better right now.

Happy Dance completed
Food shopping completed
Surgery preparation completed
Healthy eating ongoing
Water +64 ounces ongoing
Daily distraction/laughter/fun ongoing
Thankful attitude ongoing
Attempt at 7+ hours of sleep (difficult due to anxiety) ongoing
Daily exercise ongoing (but curtailed)
Surgery anxiety (still out of control) - wrestling with this one - but gaining more control day by day
Daily prayer ongoing
Positive attitude ongoing
Meditation/relaxation ongoing
Pain control ongoing

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IAMABETTERME 9/4/2011 7:17PM

    I applaud you for your determination..... I love that you are taking care of YOU!

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AMANDAJCD 9/4/2011 6:46PM

    That's an excellent list :) Hang in there!!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/4/2011 6:32PM

    great list.....well done....
try some gravol to help with sleep....
we are all here for you...
prayers continue...
blessings and hugs........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2011 5:23PM

    Your organization skills are a great strength. Your self-awareness is another very positive quality. Sounds to me like you are doing everything right. If you weren't at least a little anxious about the surgery, you wouldn't be human, at least not a normal one. Take care. You'll soon be healing. Love, Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2011 4:59PM

    I have had surgery several times and I have found that the worst part is the thinking about it before hand so you are normal to be anxious and just think how quickly that part will be over and you will be in the recovery phase.

The very idea of a check list shows YOU are in control.

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WILD4STARS 9/4/2011 4:57PM

    emoticonYou are more powerful than you know.

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4KHALL 9/4/2011 4:40PM

  Great list! I am also working on 7+ hours of sleep,problems with anxiety also!My doctor has told me to take melatonin to help improve sleeping.Used it last night,I did sleep better.We will see how it works out. emoticon

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Running Errands

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

This week I'm running on nervous energy. I'm trying to tie up loose ends and get things organized before my surgery on September 8th. I've done a great job so far - I've crammed 4 doctor's appointments into 3 days. I've also put up my fall wreaths, run errands and done odd jobs. Once I complete my pre-operation appointment, I'll be all set. Let the healing begin!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/4/2011 1:04PM

    Let the healing begin is a super attitude!

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WILD4STARS 9/2/2011 7:36AM

    Love your last line, "Let the healing begin."

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SLENDERELLA61 9/1/2011 3:57PM

    You are always so organized. I admire that quality greatly. Know I'll be thinking of you a lot as you head into this surgery. I am so glad that you have been persistent enough to pursue it. As you say, let the healing begin! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 9/1/2011 11:58AM

    time will fly by so quickly.....
wishing you a quick, easy and uneventful recovery....
sending you positive thought s and prayers....
blessings and hugs..............lita

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I Got Answers Finally!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Finally, I got the answers for which I've been waiting 3-4 years. I will be needing several surgeries as I suspected but couldn't get anyone to listen to me up until now. This neurosurgeon actually took the time to study my most recent MRI in his office before he saw me, took some notes and then went over it with me. Together we reviewed his findings, he asked me questions, I asked him questions and he examined me. He could see exactly what I saw and he listened to me. Thank you God! I have a pretty serious problem that I've been walking around with but the good news is that a good part of it can be fixed. Not all of it but a large part can be fixed. I am so relieved. He can give me back the use of my left arm and my balance. He may also be able to reduce my migraines just a little. Even a little - I'll take it! :) He also didn't poo poo the tremendous amount of pain I've been in - he understood that right away just by looking at the MRI. Other doctors blew me off as a whiner and a baby. I was stunned. Wow! He wanted to do surgery right away this coming week due to the serious nature of it but I couldn't. I rearranged everything so that I can do it after the first of September. His office was very pleased. So that's my big news of the week!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/29/2011 7:48AM

    I am so happy for you. Prayers will continue for you and your family.

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L*I*T*A* 8/28/2011 12:41PM

    awesome...prayers answered!!!
blessings and hugs........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 8/28/2011 12:39PM

    FINALLY!! Thank heavens, Cyndi! Your persistence and patience are really paying off. Can't wait to see you more mobile and pain-free. Hoping the pay off on the migraines is even more than expected. Take care. Know I'm thinking of you! -Marsha

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IMMORTALTESSA 8/28/2011 12:27PM

    I am so happy that you finally found a doctor that took the time needed to hear you and figured out what could be done to help you. So many doctors are just about a pay check now-a-days and forget that their patients are real humans with real emotions. I am so sorry that it took you so long to find someone that would hear you out and give you the respect and time that you deserved all along. I pray that this surgery does so much more for you that expected. You are such an amazing woman, so loving and caring to those around you, you deserve the best things out of life and to be pain free. I pray for your complete and speedy recovery. emoticon

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Getting Organized For My Appointment Wednesday

Friday, August 19, 2011

I took the time this morning to go through my drawer of x-rays and MRIs. I pulled out all of the relevant ones to take with me for my neurosurgeon appointment this coming Wednesday. I was even able to call the place where I had one done in 2007 (before they were able to put them on disks) and have it put on a disk. It is amazing that an imaging place can do it now when they were unable to do it then! I have a collection of MRIs going back to 2002. That MRI was done up north and I doubt that I can get it on a disk. It is a fairly clear film so if the doctor wishes to read it, there shouldn't be a problem. You never know, even with all of these MRIs, he made decide not to look as anything other than the most recent MRI, but I will have all of them just in case. Being prepared makes me feel like I'm more in control of my life because my life has been so out of control for such a long time. Every little bit helps me feel better.

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WILD4STARS 8/20/2011 8:38PM

    Sometimes our health care can be a full time job. Hope you get some answers.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/20/2011 7:59PM

    Super job, Cyndi! So good of you to get organized and have all your ducks in a row when you see the doctor. Best wishes for the treatment you need. -Marsha

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HSMOM2FOUR 8/20/2011 10:15AM

    A calcified disc can cause a LOT of problems. I had one and it was nicking my spinal cord every time I moved. Up until surgery, the doctors couldn't explain the severity of my symptoms based on my MRIs, but my neurosurgeon suggested 'exploratory' surgery to investigate. He said that as soon as he got in, he fully understood and everything made complete sense.

That was almost 7 yrs ago, and I can not even begin to tell you how wonderfully better I am now!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/20/2011 7:59AM

    It's a good idea to bring as much info as you can. Are you also bringing a list of questions so you can get all the answers you want and need?

I do hope you get some positive feedback from this appointment.

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L*I*T*A* 8/19/2011 10:43PM

    hope all goes well with your appointment...
praying you will have some answers soon.......
have a restful weekend...
blessings and hugs............lita

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/19/2011 10:16PM

    you are so right Cyndi get some rest and enjoy your weekend as much as possible.

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