If you noticed I was gone...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Hi everyone,
Heres my full report: When I saw the neurosurgeon yesterday, I asked him exactly what he had done in my back. He looked up his surgery notes and said, "Oh yes, this was an absolute mess." highly technical tern. He said they did a decompression, a laminectomy, a foramectomy, removed two discs, cleaned out debris (a ton... Can't figure out why I didn't lose some weight, if that was true...)), they also did fusion, allograft, repaired my spinal cord tear, and did substantial metal work. He said that they did every possible back procedure in one surgery session and that they pulled all of the orthopedic and neurosurgery residents who were available to watch ( plus the med students on those rotations). I am a superstar - at least my butt and back are). He said it was a miracle that I could move and that he can't believe the pain I was dealing with. He said I am a model patient and that my recovery is already better than average - probably because of my motivation and discipline. He could not believe that I had not called for more pain medication and that I am only taking a single Vicodin a day IF it's really painful. He cautioned me to avoid pushing too hard and that it will be up to six months before my energy is back and he recovery is mostly complete. Next week, if the wound is healed ( the problem there is that my chemo impairs my wound healing plus I need to eat more protein), I can start PT 2 times a week. So, WOO HOO, they check the wound on next Tues. If it's ok, I can have chemo next Friday which means that on Sunday, June 17, I will be really back and ready to party. I apologize for being has often felt like that old Austrailian group sang, "I get knocked down but I get up again, ain't nobody gonna keep me down...repeat, repeat." I've had to talk so much about this to family, etc that I am sick to death of it. It wasn't fair to keep everyone in the dark, though but unfortunately, when I am sick or suffering, I always go to ground until I can be a decent human being again.
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    ugh , I hoped you were better than this emoticon . all that procedure sounds very complicated and I did a 6 months neurosurgery stage and saw some things there. I do the same when I'm in pain and lately that was a lot , so much that it's boring. but people around me seem to have much more serious problems so I try to be realistic with mine . I broke a toe last week but it isn't very painful and I took a mini break because of it so it was an oddly good thing in the end emoticon .we miss you and we can't wait for you to feel better and come back play with us emoticon
    3340 days ago
    Martha it's been quite a journey and knowing you can start PT soon is wonderful! I hope you are feeling better than before surgery and can already see a payoff.

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    3342 days ago
    Martha it's so nice to hear from you and that you are doing soooo well! Just think this time next year you will be the energizer women..... emoticon my friend!
    3345 days ago
    So glad to see you back!
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    I am very happy to hear your having such amazing progress. Hugs and prayers continuing your way for continued progress. God bless.
    3345 days ago
    Glad you are back! My surgeon told me he fixed it so I could walk again. Had to see another surgeon and get another MRI to find out what he did that left so much pain.
    3346 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11172095
    What do you mean, If we noticed you were gone?! Of course we noticed! You have been in many of our prayers, daily. You have battled that mountain that was in front of you: you've scaled it and come down the far side, you should be so proud of yourself. The pain that you were feeling will never be completely understood by any of us, who have not, but you are now dealing with healing pain. Thru all of our prayers we are wishing for blessings over /for you!
    We await your return and acknowledge that you will remain true to yourself. You are just emoticon

    3346 days ago
    We've missed you, dear friend, and my prayers continue for you. Blessings!
    3346 days ago
    What do you mean "if you noticed I was gone...?" It's been a complete drought without you, Martha! Thank you for the update on your condition. It's so good to know that you've come through your surgeries well and that the next step is to begin your PT sessions.

    Yes, the doctors are right - your motivation and discipline! You are Superwoman in so many ways and not just a superstar as far as your butt and back. My prayers and good wishes to you the best in the weeks and months ahead.

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    3346 days ago
    You have been through so much! Prayers for your complete recovery! emoticon
    3346 days ago
    You've been missed by many of your fellow Sparkers. So happy to have you back! emoticon
    3346 days ago
    Glad to hear you are back and on the road to recovery.
    Missed you.
    3346 days ago
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    Glad you are healing well! Keeping you in our prayers! emoticon
    3346 days ago
    I truly can't believe all you have gone through. Will you be back as leader of Spirited Underdogs?? I think we start the 16th. Hope you'll be fine by then.

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    3346 days ago
    I HAVE missed you but knew that your energies were being used to become stronger and heal. Have thought of you often and sent prayers.

    BR>You ARE an amazing woman and now a medical super star!
    3346 days ago
    You are amazing, how you got up and out with all the pain is really something else. emoticon
    3346 days ago
    yes, you were missed, but we understand.......I do the same thing when I am having problems .......I have to go to ground... can't deal with it otherwise.......just happy that they were able to do all!! no wonder you were in one surgery....and happy as well that you are on the mend.... you are in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon emoticon emoticon you are emoticon
    3346 days ago
    OOh, girl... You ROCK! emoticon

    (...the way I figure it, you're probably in LESS pain now than you were with all that debris floating around in there! LOL)

    BE safe, be well...
    3347 days ago
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    Glad to hear you are on the mend, have missed you so much on here
    3347 days ago
    Glad you're healing and yes, have missed you! Take care of yourself, do what you're supposed to, eat your protein, and let your body heal!
    3347 days ago
    I was gone for a bit, too. I'm so sorry you're having to go through all this, but you are such an inspiration! Keep up the fight, keep rocking. We're all here for you. Hoping for a speedy recovery. =)
    3347 days ago
  • no profile photo EJHEINRICH1
    Wow that is a lot for one to endure! I am glad you are on the road to recovery!

    3347 days ago
    wow... you are so inspiring. So glad you are doing okay.
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  • MICHELLE311106
    Of course I noticed you were gone. I wasn't going to impose and ask what was going on. I figured that if you wanted us to know that you would tell us in your own time. I do pray that the chemo does it's job so you can get back to your old self without needing it. I also pray for a speedy recovery and think about you often. Take care
    3347 days ago
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