Sunday, June 26, 2011

spinal fusion update

I am 5 weeks post-op and have to say my recovery has been much harder than I ever thought it would be. I have advanced from a walker to a cane, but I still struggle with a lot of deep aching, mostly in my hips and am trying to get off of pain meds. The good news is the sword-like pain going down my left leg is gone. I am very impatient and want to get well and be normal again. My lumbar spine was fused and I also had a second laminectomy. Some of my mobility will be lost, but I feel I am getting a second chance. My surgeon is said to be the best in the western US.
Thanks to all of you who have written comments and emailed me. I have a long way to go and appreciate hearing from you.
I won't be sculpting for a while because I can't sit for long periods of time, but please stick with me.

Monday, June 13, 2011

On the mend!

I have not been creating dolls lately, and for a very good reason. I had spinal surgery.....8 fusions (L5 up to T10), a laminectomy, and 2 twelve inch titanium rods in my back for support. I feel like a doll with a metal armature!
It was a huge surgery so healing is at the top of my priority list right now. Things are going well so far, but I can't say that I have not been afraid. The physical therapist comes to the house 3 times a week to help me strengthen my core and to give me pep talks. I am slowly weaning myself off of medication. It is beyond my understanding out anyone could use those drugs for recreational purposes. Thank God we have them, but playing around with them is just so unsafe.
I will keep you updated on my progress. In the meantime, please appreciate being able to take a shower alone, put on your clothing without help, and mostly, going to the bathroom alone. Don't take any of your independence for granted.
Sue Anne