I cannot believe today marks 7 weeks since my surgery! Wow!
As Spring is finally getting started here in the mountains of Virginia, I feel like I'm getting started too. I have ventured outside and started walking around the block every evening. I found out that I walking on the street is easier than walking in the sidewalk. The cracks hurt. I guess it's just a tiny little change that jars my back. Anyway... I stay out of traffic & walk with my husband.
I think my good days are really outnumbering my bad ones. There has been a couple of nights that were a little rough, but on the whole my meds are covering pain. If you missed my post last week, my surgeon has ordered more rest until mid-May when I see him again. He will decide then if I can start PT. He's directing my care personally & I really appreciate that. He is THE surgeon if you need spine procedures. He gives an honest assessment of what to expect & he does not do surgery if he feels that there is a reasonable expectation of improvement. I have a pain management doc who has had the responsibility for meds following release from the hospital.
Yes, it's slow going, but I'm so happy I've had the surgery. From where I started this is so much better. I'm happy to rest, walk, eat healthy foods, & heal. My energy level is getting better (it was non-existent prior to surgery) and I anticipate more improvement. Sitting is still not comfortable & standing is still difficult for any real length if time. That's ok. Baby steps every day!
A positive attitude has served me well. I think it is one of the mist important factors in my recovery. Oh yes it's tough. But I'm tougher! Even if I were to plateau here and this was it pain-wise, I'd be content. Don't get me wrong - that's not what I expect, but my glass would still be half full. I'm better than before surgery. I have a wonderful doctor who has given me the best opportunity for a better life. My duty is to heal and determine my future. Baby steps forward! Rest when needed but don't stop & give up. Keep going!
L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
Now L4 Retrolisthisis