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Surgery Complete...I'm Back with a New Back!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

I have been away for two months having my back repaired and recovering from it. It was an 8 hour surgery during which they did every type of lumbar surgery possible: laminectomy, foramectomy, decompression, allograft, fusion, alloy metals. Although I am still on bending restrictions and can't get in a pool (boo hoo hoo), I have started physical therapy and I can walk as much as my body can stand - about 1/2 mile.
This gets me back in time to really enjoy the fun with the Spirited Underdogs in the summer challenge and will let me enjoy and contribute more to my Baby Step Spark People and Fighting Fibromyalgia teams that I help lead. I feel a little as if I have let my teams down, even though I let them all know that I would be gone. When you lead a team, you care and have a personal relationship with the team members. Sometimes, there just isn't the right energy when a leader is gone since it's hard for one leader to check in on everyone. I know everyone understands since Spark People are huge on compassion but I missed everyone and know I was missed.
Thanks to all of you for the encouragement, the goodies and the messages that you sent while I was out. There were almost too many to count. if I haven't thanked you, know that I really appreciated them and that I care about you as much as you care about me.
Yay! Rah! Spark People!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOPEFULHIPPO 6/18/2012 3:29PM

    OMGoodness! I'm so glad to hear you are on the mend.


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GRANNYSUE9 6/18/2012 3:06PM

    So glad to hear that you are on the mend and will be back with us. You have been missed, but we all do understand that sometimes we really have to take care of ourselves and do what is best. Now you are back and we are really glad that you are.

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ANNAMARIE1958 6/15/2012 10:59PM

    Hugs Hugs Hugs Martha......

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MARVEEME 6/15/2012 10:12PM

    Love, kisses, & many prayers!

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    Dearah fellow leadah,,,it has Not bbeen the same in the dawg pound w /out ya! So very glad u r almost recovered 4 we both know this takes an aeon of time.. i wish i could do that 1/2 mile w / ya,,,oh yeah :). ENJOY IT Martha!

Lol now comes my turn on the left foot the 25th. They r deciding 2 do a lot morah. I always bteeze thru theese. Though this time i NEED 2 LISTEN 2 Zthe recovery time & go slow which is my advice for u hon,,,LISTEN FULLY 2 THE DRS AND DO NOT RUSH THIS Martha, we do real DAMAGE doing that & it can 't b bought bac. :) take loving care hon as you do w /a new born.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/14/2012 10:03PM

    Welcome back Martha.
I've missed you. It is just not the same around the here without you. I am so glad you are able to move more and do physical therapy. You will be taking on the world again in no time! Take care dear lady.

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KAYTIE22 6/14/2012 9:53PM

    This is wonderful news. Very happy to hear that your recovery is going well; so like you to put in 1/2 mile already. Wishing you good luck with your physical therapy and continued recovery period. You have really been missed and glad you'll be back Sparking more often.

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ELIZRN 6/14/2012 9:39PM

  Goodness....WERE YOU GONE!!!???? You have such high energy that this whole place was still well lit with your presence. Needless to say, I'm delighted you are doing so well & back to your same good humor. I did miss you. are such a darn responsible person....what can I say? I bow to you!!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 6/14/2012 9:18PM

    I am so happy to hear you are recovering nicely. You are such a strong woman and a wonderful, caring team leader!

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TINAJANE76 6/14/2012 6:32PM

    So happy to hear that you're back and doing so well! I've really missed having you around and can't wait to get started on the Summer Challenge with you. I know the team's going to be fantastic this season--it definitely wouldn't be the same without your positive energy and support!

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HAPPYSOUL91 6/14/2012 5:36PM

    Delighted that you are doing so well. And congratulations on the 1/2 mile walk

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BLUE42DOWN 6/14/2012 4:56PM


So very glad you are well on the mend. Walking a 1/2 mile is great coming on the heels of that!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 6/14/2012 4:16PM

    awesome Martha great to hear you are doing so well

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HELEN_BR 6/14/2012 4:06PM

    Glad to hear you will be back with us on Spirited Underdogs! Yea, dogs! and especially glad you are recovering nicely. That's the main thing.

Helen (hugs) emoticon

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SEDONACAT 6/14/2012 3:21PM

    Your health and recovery were THE most important things, but we certainly are glad you're back. You have been missed!!

I hope and pray that your pain is less, your spirits are high, and your recovery is on track.

A very gentle but heartfelt hug,


Comment edited on: 6/14/2012 3:22:20 PM

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LORILEEPAGE 6/14/2012 2:49PM

    You sound like you're doing quite well after having such extensive surgery! Way to go!

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ANATASHIKI 6/14/2012 2:33PM

    don't worry about the teams , focus on your healing . your first duty is to yourself , take all the time you need to heal emoticon

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CHASING-SATURN 6/14/2012 2:17PM

    Congrats on getting things fixed! Hope you have a speedy recovery. Take it easy. =)

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1COUNTRY_GAL 6/14/2012 1:04PM

    I am so glad they fixed you and put you back together again.Take it slow and Steady and progress a little bit at a time,you will be back in full force soon.The team stuff,I understand and you gave us all plenty of warning.We all know what's important is our health and our life away from SparkPeople.We do the team stuff because we chose to and are not obligated to the team members,so we just do the best that we can.We understand and are toloerant and accepting of this.You are a special inspiration lady and Spirited UnderDog and you are very missed when you are not here.We always look forward to your return.You take care of you and don't push yourself to much,your important to us dear friend. emoticon emoticon Diana

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SWTHNY- 6/14/2012 12:32PM

    congrats on the back repairs!!!! my prayers are with you for continued healing

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