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Thursday, May 16, 2019

It’s the middle of May and here in Northern California, rain and wind that is absolutely unusual for this time of the year. No one can guess anymore what the weather will be due to the climate change. It feels like winter and just a couple of days ago, locals were wearing their summer shorts and cotton tees frolicking in our warm sun. Go figure!

I am having cervical surgery in the middle of June. It is a complicated surgery unfortunately, bone spurs and vertebrae(s) compressing on my nerve canal. I had a two level fusion 18 years ago and in June, I will be having a three level fusion. I have to wear a hard neck brace for 6 weeks after surgery and I am definitely not looking forward to that. But it is what it is, the surgery is necessary, my symptoms would only get worse and eventually cannot be corrected if I wait. So there goes the summer although at least I will be in hopefully, tip top condition when my daughter’s baby is born in September.

Life throws you curveballs, and it is how you handle them is what counts. Staying in the present is mandatory in my world, I refuse to do the “what if’s.” My surgery will be a long recovery, I live alone but have family and friends close by. It will all work out; I am a fastidious organizer and have a few weeks to plan to do everything that needs to be done before my surgery.

Walking is important after recovery and as a walker I am thrilled. So there is always a sunny side to things, and that’s where I plan to stay. It’s all good, really it is.
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    So glad to learn that you have a plan in place to get relief from the symptoms that have plagued you in recent months. I love your positive attitude and it will contribute greatly to your recovery!
    143 days ago
    Love your enthusiasm for walking, your acceptance, your planning. And I'm sure with your wonderful but realistic attitude it will, as you say, "all work out." Best wishes for a happy June and speedy recovery.
    149 days ago
    good planning . . . close friends . . . and acceptance of what is, focusing on the best aspects of that too. You are the pro in managing your life and we learn from you through good times and not so good.
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    152 days ago
    Keep hitting those curveballs!
    152 days ago
    Wearing a neck brace sounds miserable... but I am happy the misery comes with light at the end of the tunnel! Wishing you healing that passes quickly.
    153 days ago
  • DESIREE672
    That’s a long haul. I admire your stoicism and I hope the pain is as little as possible and your recovery smooth. A whiner you are not!
    It’s wonderful to have the birth of your granddaughter as a happy goal to look forward to.
    Wishing you the very best.
    153 days ago
  • JANEDOE12345
    I hope the recovery is as short as possible. This sounds like it will be difficult but well worth it.
    154 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    I hope your surgery is successful and and recovery is complete.
    154 days ago
    A neck brace in the summer is not going to be something I would look forward to either. But it is good that you can walk, walk, walk, that will help keep your sanity. But it will be good to get it over with, and I would hate the wait, that always got me, the waiting, cause I am one that wants it done NOW. I lack a little in the patience area, always have and guess I always will. Can't you just see me in the Nursing Home needing a bed pan. hahahahahaha That is not going to be pretty. Please take care, and just keep us up-dated.
    154 days ago
    I have no doubt that you will have every detail in place when it's time. And how great that walking is part of your recovery. That was important for me too after my knee surgery and it was the best thing. I will be sending positive thoughts and lots of prayers your way!
    154 days ago
    With your foresight and organization your recovery will go well, all the best!
    154 days ago
    Sending you all the best and love for your upcoming surgery. Hugs and thoughts are with you.
    154 days ago
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