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I made it!!!

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

Well, I had my first day back at work since my surgery in March.

I have seen my spiney friends return to work as the weeks have gone by, and often felt that I was being left behind, but at last it is my turn.

I think that I managed well although at lunch time, my back was really tightening. By the end of the day, I was quite sore and had to lie down as soon as I got home for a while BUT I made it!! <:P

I feel that I am getting back to my old life again.

Wow this has been a long time coming.

For those of you reading this and are still waiting to return to work, your turn will come. :)))


  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    Glad to hear it! good for you. Hang in there.
    good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • That is wonderful news and congrats on the big step. You may expect to be a little sore by Saturday but that would be normal. It will take some time to adjust to working again, but hang in there you made it.
  • WooHoo! Celebrate good times, come on!! YaY!! Yehaw!! and all other celebratory greetings that come to mind!

    So happy for you my dear friend Jelly! You deserve the very best and now I will be missing you my friend!

    Try to pace yourself and give yourself permission to rest when you get home! Quick and easy week night meals for a while! Maybe even "dinner in bed"! Mr. Jelly will thank me later!

    Love ya lots Jelly and couldn't have made it thru this journey without ya!

    Sleep well my sweet friend and have a fabulous 2nd day tomorrow! Hugs!! xxxx Shari
  • I wish you all the luck in the world.I had surgery in March 2010 and after getting off the MST Morphine I went back to work on May 4th.
    Within a week I noticed my pain returning even though I was doing short shifts as part of a phased return.
    By May 31st I had to stop again as my titanium implants appear to be on the move and now I'm on a waiting list for fusion surgery.

    All the best,
  • I am so happy that you made it thru today. I have been following your story so I feel like I know you. Other people's happiness rubs off on me. Hope tomorrow goes good too.
  • My spiny twin!
    I'm very happy for ya, and hope you all the best.
    Just go slow and dont try to keep up with them kids just yet. :D

    You deserve to be happy, and enjoy what you are doing.
    I wish you the best, and will miss not seeing ya on here as much.

    Take care and rest when you can.
  • such long journey for you but so glad..
    please go slow and steady....
    and be safe
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • hi scott
    sorry to hear your on the waiting list....
    and not able to work
    jeez its already sept...time flies...how long will you have to wait..
    I had same thing happen 7months after my surgery
    and my screws came loose but was good to go after they were out...I'm hearing alot more these days about ppl having hardware removed...
    and your in my thoughts to get that done soon
    be careful what you do till then
    neck,bone spurs pain started 04, back issues and fusion l4,l5 06~hardware removed.
    good few yrs. 09 pain sharp, numbness feet,legs, diagnosed fibro, neurop. legs.lung issues.
    daily goal do good thing for someone.
  • Great news for sure! Just remember to not push yourself until you know what you can handle. You come off as smart, so I will hopefully guess that was silly advice!!! I wish you well with your return to work! *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • for all your encouraging comments. :D

    Well, just as everyone warned me, it is tough. :S
    I am amazed that so little is causing me pain.

    I have had a very sharp pain in my right buttock (I know, I'm a pain in the bum!! :O )

    Last time I had that pain, I was told that I had inflamed the nerve. I guess I have annoyed it again!

    They are being very supportive at work, and the teacher is even going to make one of the children my monitor to move my chair to where I need it and pick things up for me :)

    They have already changed my chair twice for me!! I feel like a bit of a nuisance, but I should just be very grateful that they are being so sensitive to my needs.

    I love being back and seeing everyone. The children were back to school today, and very excited to see me again. :D

    I'm off for a lie down :H

    Take care everyone :D
  • Congrats getting through it all and know monitors love their little assignments like moving your chair. Hope today goes well also! Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • I am so happy for you..I too am hoping to return to work soon..Have also been out since my surgery in March...good luck
  • Jelly,

    I am so happy you have been able to get back to work. It really is hard for us spineys to adjust to the new backs we have. Try as many chairs as you need. Being comfortable and supported is so important. Keep it up and rest lots!! :)

  • Good going Jelly!

    Don't try to do too much and let others help you with anything you need. How cute, to have one of the students be a little helper! I love it.

    Best wishes,
  • Wonderful news about being back at work but sorry to hear you are paying the price.

    Have you tried any of these cushions to help with the sciatica?
    Contact PeggyM via PM for URL, sorry.

    Is there anywhere at school where you can lie down for a short while during the day to decompress?

    How sweet that you have a helper! I'm sure they feel very special taking care of you.

    I am so pleased for you that you are getting your life back, even if it slow going right now.

    Peggy x

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  • Hi Jelly!
    I only get to visit the boards a few times a week. I guess that's a good thing as far as us spiney's go. I was thrilled to see this post.

    What a great milestone! Yes, it's good to start getting back to 'life'. It's challenging and has ups and downs but to get back to work and make it through the day is a big accomplishment. It will get easier....congrats!
  • Way to go!! I so you do well...have a restful weekend.


  • I've found your PM and will answer that.
    Before my surgery, I used to lie on the floor either in the staff room or the library. So far, I have managed to cope without resorting to lying down until I get home. Although my back is tightening and aching, I am finding that lying down relieves it, and after about 30 minutes, I seem to be able to carry on quite comfortably. The sharp pain in the buttock does go after lying down all night. I am going to try not to bend much this weekend to help that.

  • for all your kind words of encouragement.

    All these thoughtful posts feel like I have just received a whole load of congratulations cards. :D

    It is my birthday tomorrow, so I hope to have an easy day! ;)

    Today, I didn't work and my friend took me out for a birthday lunch. We went fruit picking afterwards which was another thing on my post surgery 'to do' list. Luckily plums are in season, so no need to bend. The sun was shining and the birds singing. It felt wonderful! :D

    This afternoon/evening, I have been looking after my 3 year old granddaughter while her parents get ready to move house tomorrow. We played together, had stories, I fed her and then bathed her. (I don't pick her up; she has become very good at climbing with me just steadying her.)

    I am absolutely exhausted now! But in a good way. :-)

    Now 2 days of rest before tackling work again @)
  • and let's hope the beautiful weather stays with us for the whole weekend.

    So glad you were able to make it back to work. I know you were wondering about the low chairs at the school you work in (same problem I have) and wondered what sort of chair they have provided you with - is it a specialised ergonomic chair? I actually have 2 of these at home (1 from Open University and 1 from Access to Work), but they are so heavy that if I were to use them, it would be difficult to negotiate opening the door and pushing the chair through at the same time as their wheels aren't very good on carpet). You're lucky you have a monitor to do this for you.

    My problem is that I work at 2 schools (primary and secondary) and whilst a chair in the primary school would help my back, it won't allow me to sit at the table properly because it won't fit underneath as normal (and some of the children I support have additional learning difficulties and require 'close' supervision). Also, in the secondary school, it's on 2 levels, so there's nothing I can do about that because there is no lift. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

    Are you on a phased return and do you work full-time? It seems as if your employers are being very supportive towards you - I hope my managers at both schools will be also!

    I'll be very interested to see how you get on at work, so please keep posting every now and again with your progress and, for example, how you're getting on with bending over to help the children etc.

    Do take it easy.

    Good luck
    2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!
  • Hi Jelly

    So good to se e all my old march surgery friends posts!! soglad to hear you are able to get back to work. It will get easier with each week. I remember those first few weeks and it was tough but then felt good too. Hang in there. I still have a few muscles that tighten and my therapist keeps putting out the fires. Says it's still going to take a little more time to finish strengthen the core and maybe all the muscles will remember haw to work together!! It is amazing how long this all takes! Lynette
  • Jelly I am so happy that you have returned to work and its going well and your getting lots of support. You deserve the best and I am so happy for you. Happy Birthday to you also, Its just so nice to hear the happiness in your voice, take care of yourself though, enjoy your naps when you get a chance to rest. I am sure the kids were really excited to see you again, just wonderful, wonderful!!!!

    I am sorry, I don't get on here much since I went back to work, my exhaustion gets the better of me! My days are longer now due to a longer bus route and I am working in the new school based mental health unit this year and it's really difficult. I barely get my lunch break and I have already been pushed and pulled by students as they are so physically aggressive, I am up at 4am each day and I can't shake the fatigue every day, I am hoping it gets better because my family are pretty frustrated with me, I am sore and tired!!!

    Anyway, I'll get there......I really want to express my happiness for you. It is inspirational to ready of happy outcomes and it gives hope.

    Enjoy your weekend,
    Take care :-)

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