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What a difference a year can make

DNiceDDNice Posts: 1,962
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Good News
I had to share. My journey has not been as long as it has been for some of you, but it did include 2 lower back surgeries (2 MicroD's at L5-S1). I am still not where I would like to be but farther than I have been in such a long time...more than 2 years.

I wanted to share: It is not the daily changes, but the reflecting back monthly, quarterly, and this time annually to remind me of how far I've come.

I still have significant numbness in my left leg and pain that is with me on a regular basis.

So how is this good news?
I just returned form a 4-day visit with family in Florida that included a 3 mile walk on 3 of the days, easy swimming on 2 of the days, and 9-holes of "golf" on 2 days. My "golf" was quite modified to ensure no twisting but all in all, I have to count it.

I wanted to share to give people hope. I still struggle with the 2.5 hour plane ride and many other things but I have an incredibly supportive family that knows it's a balance of trying and not over-doing.

I still have hopes for continued improvement and worry about the future, but I've learned embrace the progress I have made thus far. It's a journey. I know that now. A journey, much like life itself, that comes with unexpected happenings.

I wish you all well in your continued journey.
I continue to stop in because this group has had such a positive impact on me and my decisions.

thank you


  • Dnice,

    Not a bad update, not bad at all! I am happy to see you had a quality and fun vacation. I like to say after surgery (to see if there are improvements) "baby steps." Just keep doing what you're doing, and don't overdue!! Congrats!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Dnice -
    So happy for you! You are so right about it not being day to day. It's easy to lose perspective if you base your progress on how you feel daily. Thanks for sharing your success! I am not good in a car yet (i'm only 7 weeks postop) but you provide inspiration. Baby steps - it's my mantra as I know it is aong healing process. Ever forward!

    I wish you continued healing and good health!
    Pat Gibson
    L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
    Now L4 Retrolisthisis
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