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June 22, I'm back, Post-op

Sunday, June 22, 2008

I am on the road to recovery. I was in surgery for close to the projected 8 hours and the surgeons wrapped things up without having completed everything they planned. They gave told me that if all of the symptoms have not been covered that my neurosurgeon will have to do the rest of the work--but, if it is better, I won't have to have the rest of the surgery, YAY, but too soon to tell how it is.

My current orders are that I can walk around the house, wearing my new improved brace that covers my top half and has an extension to my left leg to keep me in line--lol. I also get 15 minutes sitting up three times a day and I can sit up to eat. The rest of my time is flat on my back--great fun. I am learning to type on my laptop this way and am getting better. My bifocals make both reading and watching TV tough in this position. As for pain, well, thank heavens for my pain meds because I am having pain. most of it is in my hip, where the big incision is and where they removed bone for the fusion of my lumbar vertebrae. Bone removal is a big pain. Ouch.

I am going back on my eating program today, if I can. I have little control over what I eat but I can fuss. I am starting physical therapy on Monday afternoon and have a week packed with doctor appointments and the like--so I'll be getting in more activity. I will try to weigh on on Friday with lots of help--both with and without the brace.

Anyway, this is my update. Thanks so much for the encouragement and the prayers. Those are the things that have kept me going.

Hugs all around!!
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  • ENUFF81020
    Hi everyone,
    Thanks for your comments. I haven't posted in a while because, well, I am feeling awfully self serving these days. Getting better is a slow process and because I am an overachiever who deals with depression, this is not working well for me. I will post a blog entry about how I am doing physically very soon.
    This note is to all of you who have sent me notes--I really appreciate you and your thoughtfulness. I need so much around here that it is nice to have friends who I'm not asking for help from--be it an update on something or a hand to get up from a chair. Sometimes there is another side to being strong and independent. I have found it now.
    Anyway, you are appreciated, Sylvia
    3544 days ago
    Checking in to see how you are feeling. Hope you are hanging in there! emoticon
    3545 days ago
    How are you doing? Feeling better? I sure hope so. Keep me posted. I just ran across your BLOG this AM.. Hope that you are finally getting rid of the pain. I know that pain is something that we can not handle. Please drop me a note and let me know how you are doing... Hugs, Carol
    3545 days ago
    OH Sylvia it all sounds so painful, but the way you talk about it makes it feel that it's easy and I'm sure it isn't. Good spirits is so important.
    I hope everything goes as smooth as possible, and don't forget your pain killers, there is no worse thing for the body than pain because it brings more spasms and more pain.
    I have special glasses to watch tv and to work at the computer , I got sick of my multifocals ruining my neck. Old frames with new lenses.
    Thank you for remind us to put our own stuff into perspective and for being a tower of strength. Don't hesitate to ask for more support, attention and anything that can be done long distance. I will be thinking of you.
    With all my best wishes
    Claudai emoticon
    3560 days ago
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