4/30/18: MEDICAL UPDATE: I am 💯 better then I was on 4/16/17 (day prior to surgery because my stuff is fixed). Why do I write these? There is someone out there just like me who has, or will, or is terrified of this kind of surgery. It’s an unknown. But, in my case, had to be done. This is surgery #3. Don’t put it off for too long. And, you’re not alone. If I can help one person feel bigger in this world, then writing all the mundane stuff down is worth it! I’m always willing to listen and answer any questions.
Neck is doing well. I’m healing as I should be. Not allowed to drive yet. Cleared to work from home and Jamie is getting me set up. It’s important for you have a village, but a #1 at home. Jamie is mine. I believe everyone has someone they can depend on. Reach out. I didn’t have to do that, but, I’ve felt alone in my life before. Luckily, I’ve got others who can be with me ASAP. You know who you are, so, just know I love and appreciate you so much! Again, you’re not alone.
I got some pretty rad photos of the inside of my neck. I love this stuff! Science is great! I got the staples out of the back of my neck and it feels great! The front strips should start falling off and be gone by the end of the week. If not, I get to pull them off!
I’m doing everything the doc says to do, but it isn’t fast enough for me. Don’t push yourself. It’ll take longer. I’m just going to keep telling myself so I don’t screw up!
It’s Day 14 and I was able to bathe myself, minus washing my hair. Jamie has to help with that still. I can kind of dry my hair, but there’s a lot of pain involved. Don’t get discouraged. That’s what happens when they rip your muscles apart to get to your spine! I’m not being dramatic. It’s crazy what someone can do to you when you’re out. Make sure you trust the hands that hold your life. If you’re not sure, get a 2nd opinion. Best thing I ever did!
I can brush my teeth with little pain, but have to make sure I lean to hit the sink and not the countertop. You can really hone your aiming skills in some of these areas! 🌂
Jamie helps me get dressed, but even that’s better. He is an extremely patient person. I can walk well, as evidenced by my visit to work. I got to see Sandie and Meghan! It has been too long! Enjoy being outside. It’s truly amazing.
I’m still on soft foods because when you have surgery like mine, it’s hard to swallow, talk and eat. It’s getting better. That’s what you have to focus on. The better. I’m still on some pretty heavy duty pain stuff, but, sometimes, you just have to forgive yourself and take some pain meds. Make sure your doctor, your #1 and this cool app I have keeps track of your meds, your doses and how often. I’m slowly weaning myself off as time goes on and it’ll get easier and easier. I am doing what I need to do to get back to a better life than before!
There are all these little things we take for granted, and I love when I get to add one back into my routine. Sure, I get depressed. Just cry it out. I just got through crying for like 20 minutes. You’ll feel better and then do something that makes you feel human. Work, sing, eat, nap (you need sleep to heal), watch some ridiculous tv show. Hug your puppy. Whatever!
It’s part of the healing process. There is no perfect, movie star way to heal. There’s the human way. Just take it day by day and celebrate your triumphs and don’t be too tough on yourself or the people taking care of you. Lean on those who want you to succeed. Success is so much about being as positive as possible. It’s a Team Effort folks!
Whether it’s family, facility staff, friends, nurses, doctors or anyone who is participating in your recovery, thank them. A lot. They’re working their butts off for you!
While I felt disappointed in my energy level today, my appt was a victory! Overall, I laughed, cried, moved better, did some work, napped (more passed out), went to the doctor, and as part of my healing process, hoping i can help one person feel better.
Photos: before and after
And, thank you, for letting me write. It’s part of my healing process!
If you or anyone you know has any kind of cervical or lumbar spinal issues, the staff at Seton Brain & Spine Institute has everything you need. It’s a process, but very necessary! I had my 2nd neck surgery done there, but Dr. Eeric Truumees did this 3rd surgery, and he’s simply amazing, right along with his staff, Sarah, Ariel & Amy. Sarah never ceased to make me feel hopeful while I was in the hospital, and let me tell you, Dr. Truumees comes and checks on you, too! Great staff. Great crew. Website inserted below.