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Bionic Woman

Thursday, February 18, 2021

I truly believe that I would now explode if I should ever go through an average airport security x-ray thing. I will always have to go through the twirly kind. Last time I went on a trip, which now seems like a million years ago, I said this to the TSA guard that I would explode and he actually laughed. But I have steel plates in my jaws, my right jaw joint has been replaced, my neck has been fused, both hips have been replaced (my right one had to be done twice) and now my spine from the L5-S1 have been fused with plates, rods, screws, donated tissue and anything else that could be thrown in there! This was done two weeks ago on February 3, after having been cancelled due to the whole COVID thing--I was supposed to have it on January 6th. I limped around for a month and celebrated when they were able to reschedule so soon. I thought I was going to possibly wait until March and I thought I would never be able to handle the pain for that long.
So two weeks later I am recuperating in the worst winter weather Texas has ever had. I can't take my walks so I am not getting the physical therapy that I should be, but I think I am still healing pretty well. I am having to take less and less of the pain medications and my back is definitely better than it was before the surgery so I know I am healing. I had been nervous about having the surgery but really didn't have much of a choice. I had tried everything else.
I am not really watching what I am eating really carefully, but we don't have anything super "bad" in the apartment. I know once I am completely healed that I will work off any extra pounds that I have put on. I am not "going to town" so I won't have too much to work off.
I can't believe that I am about to say this: I can't wait to be able to start exercising again. I haven't been able to go out for a walk for so long. I am eager to get moving again but will wait until I get the okay from my doctor. I look forward to getting back into my SparkPeople habit again. I had gone a lot of days logging in consecutively but then on the day of my surgery I missed, so I had to start over, and then I missed another day, so I have started over again. At first I was upset, but then I realized it was a good reason to miss, I didn't have much choice and I'll just start again. Just like getting back into my eating plan and exercise plan. You just start over if you mess up. I am hoping that my arthritis isn't planning on attacking anywhere else.
I miss my TOPS group desperately and I hope that soon maybe things will start back up again. It's so hard.
Thanks for listening. I hope everybody stays warm and stays safe! Love you all!
Karen
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  • BRENDAF761
    So happy your feeling better! My back is killing me again. I had surgery 20 years ago on L4S1, but now another area is bad. I’ve had spinal injections for several years, but the last one didn’t help. Good luck to you for a full recovery.
    51 days ago
  • HANOVERLADY
    So glad you were able to get the surgery. I'm sure you have thought of this - can you walk back and forth in your house? Some of us from work were doing that independently of one another and were laughing when we were sharing that online. It's pretty boring but it works. One person said she sings while walking. Wishing you continued healthy recovery.
    52 days ago
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