How many times have we said that to ourselves AFTER we did what we should not have done!
I dont think there is a person alive that has not understand what that subject line means.
But for us, spinal patients, what does that mean and what have we done, that we shouldn't have??
I will gladly start.
1 - Doing things after surgery that I should not have. Not paying attention to the doctor's orders regarding limitations and restrictions. Once I started to feel ok, I would push the edge and only create situations that did cause more problems.
2 - Not using my medications as prescribed. That would mean not taking the medications as schedule, because I felt ok, or to the opposite end taking more medications because I was in pain.
3 - Mixing medications with alcohol. As some of you know, I am as close to a wine expert as possible. As such, I love different wines. Sometimes mixing wine and medications are not good.
4 - Not keeping up with the exercises that have been approved for me. Once I started to feel better, I would stop the exercises and actions I should do to keep things from happening.
All the above are NOT GOOD THINGS. I know I was wrong, I know I was stupid. Now, so many years later and close to being 61, I have grown up and took more responsibility for my situations. I can not un do what I did in the past that caused problems, but I can only hope to tell everyone, that it is SO VERY IMPORTANT to follow all the things you were told to oo. Do NOT fall into a false sense of security just because you are feeling better.
We are all humans, we make mistakes, we screw up at times, but we are also very capable of learning from our mistakes and making sure they are not repeated.
Its one thing if we are totally alone in this world, have no one, no family, nothing, we are solo.. Then we can do anything we want good or bad. We can improve or self destruct.. Doesnt hurt anyone but ourselves.
BUT, when we have loved ones, family, any decision we make has an impact on them. If we decide to do something that could potentially hurt us, not only can we suffer pain, but we then expose our loved ones to that same pain and put more of a burden on them.
We will make mistakes... But please learn from them and make sure we do not repeat them
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences