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Recovering slowly

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I thought I would be back at work in January and I was wrong. The unrealistic expectations that I had about my back surgery recovery have been very hard for me to wrap my mind around and I have gotten kind of depressed whenever I do something that then becomes mind-blowingly painful. Simple things like going to the mall to do a tiny bit of shopping turns into a desperate need to find the exit to my car - can I make it or will I have to burst into tears in front of all these people? It is just amazing to me that I cannot do the things I used to do and it is starting to feel like I never will.

But, the glass half full side of me knows that eventually this pain will go away and I will be better than before. I can't wait to be able to bike with my family and my bike partner (who is going on all these fun bike trips without me). I really miss teaching and hope that I will be able to teach come spring or next fall. I doubt I will ever go back to lo impact aerobics because the floor is too hard but I am definitely going to go back to spin.

PT has been interesting and painful. I do my exercises daily and hopefully they will work soon!

It seems to be to be a two steps forward, one step backwards recovery. But I look forward to a pain free future -just can't quite see it right now.

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MELLISOND 11/30/2011 8:51AM

    Oh, I feel for you. I have had that mall experience although not as a consequence of back surgery. It is great that you are keeping up with your physical therapy. Here is to you future cycling with your family! emoticon

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GIANNA345 11/18/2011 2:28PM

    Hang in there! It will happen. Call me if you need help with errands or getting out of a mall when you're overtired.

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