so my PLIF 2 level fusion was July 9th. then I had the MRSA-HA infection and surgery on August 1st. then I had the third surgery August 19 (the incision was still draining 2 weeks after the surgery & they were concerned with more infection). last friday I finally started PT. I've been to PT several times in the past decade. this PT girl seems sooo knowledgeable. so smart, compassionate, and we totally clicked. I'm so thankful for all that.
the depressing part was how messed up my right leg is after so many years of a bad back. and even my good leg she says has issues. I couldn't believe the things I couldn't do with my right leg. she told me I will need 4 months of PT. 3 times a week, 1.5 hours each time for the first month and then we'll cut back to twice a week. I've NEVER gone for so long. everything she asked me to do with my right leg, hip hurt. I tried to be a big girl and listened without getting emotional. it wasn't til she asked me what my goals were that I started to cry. I want to be able to walk pain-free is how I started. I want to be able to go out to eat with my husband and not hurt. I want to be able to go to church, to a movie. she asked me about my job. I used to be a reporter/anchor. I had to quit after my double laminectomy (4 months after) cuz I couldn't handle the driving every day and the pain and the meds and having to go "live" with all those issues. I miss my job terribly. now I work from home as an editor. it's a wonderful situation right now and it pays well. but it's not something I love. so yes, I told her I'd love to be able to do that again. and then I told her anyone that knows me knows how much of a passion running was for me. and that I haven't run since June of 2006. I told her I was afraid of even going there in my mind. as in dreaming I could run again. my husband was the one that asked her if she thought I'd be able to run again. he said if he knew it wouldn't hurt me, he'd support me 100% since he's well aware of how wonderful a part of my life that was for me. she said if my body aligned like a normal person's body should after several months of treatment, I would have her blessings to run again. I couldn't believe she said that. she went into detail of what would need to happen. she talked about degrees and bones and muscle. I don't remember much except thinking, wow, I might be able to run again.
I have soooo much work ahead of me. I start tomorrow. I'm not afraid to work hard, but I know it's gonna be tough. and after all that's happened the past two months, I know it's going to have to be one day at a time or it will get overwhelming.
but, by the first of the year, I could be a brand new woman. strong. flexible again.
I'm encouraged. I'm scared. but I know this long journey finally has a light at the end of the tunnel.
today, my husband had the BRILLIANT idea of giving me my vanco treatment outside under the warm sun. it's a 1.5 hour treatment and I KNEW I could sit in one of our loungers with two pillows and not hurt (huge improvement-- I couldn't have done that before my fusion). so I was out there with the machine watching my husband and my kids play in the pool. it was sooo good to be outdoors and not in my bedroom. later, I waterproofed my arm and worked out my legs for 20 minutes in the pool. I felt pain free. as soon as I got out, it hurt to walk again. it's amazing how good my body feels in the pool. but, even pre-surgery, I couldn't use my right leg in the pool. so! I know this fusion has worked! I am on the path to true recovery.
so... please wish me luck as I tackle PT for the next four months. I pray I will be strong and my body will literally take on a healing transformation as this PT girl teaches me and guides me through all the exercises.
again, I've rambled. thanks for reading.