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My journey so far

Hi All,

I have not posted my progress much after being released from the hospital and inpatient rehab in early May so I wanted to give an update. My progress is very slow but my period of complications seems to be over....I have started PT and I am off of prednisone I was put on to stop the swelling that occurred back in May.

I saw my surgeon this week and he let me know that my pars interarticularis bone has fully bridged! Now it is a matter of continuing to harden over the next 18 months.

Due to being bed ridden for approximately 4.5 months total pre and post surgery, I still have a long battle to getting back to "normal", whatever that is I have forgotten by now. :)

But some minor milestones this week:
1) for the first time since March 21st I shaved my legs (I know the ladies will appreciate how insanely awesome this is--no more nair, woo-hoo!)
2) I actually got in the car without going "butt first". Holy man!
3) I went out to run an errand of some type 4 days in a row....granted it takes me forever and the errands to not involve leaving my vehicle until I get back home, but still--it is out of my house!!!!

I just wanted to share this so for the ones completely bed-ridden waiting for things to get better, the road may be looong and slow....but I am slowly getting better and you will too.
Bilateral pars defect L5


  • I am so glad you are experiences these seemingly small victories that we, other spinies can fully appreciate. Continue with your successful recovery. Wishing you the best!

  • Hey, these are big accomplishments, glad you are getting closer to "normal"! I had my surgery on July 3rd and could finally sit in a chair long enough to get a quickie pedicure -- I can't tell you how good that felt to be able to handle it (and not to have wonky looking toes)! LOL!

    I can see my stamina/endurance increasing little bits at a time, so even if I'm moving at turtle pace it helps me remember I won't be at this turtle pace forever! Best of luck to you as you continue to heal! Thanks for sharing!

    360 Spinal Fusion (ALIF/PLIF) 7/3/2014
  • I totally appreciate you both and it is nice and comforting to know that other's understand how big the little things are. :)
    Bilateral pars defect L5
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