Since we are all new memebers to the new site, I thought it would be good to do an introduction. So here goes.
I am 42 years old (oh my--midway through life!), live in Idaho, and love to have fun. Unfortunately a bad neck gets in the way of that sometimes, but I try to make the most of it.
I am married (22 years to the same man, yay), have 4 daughters and one son, ranging in ages from 11 to 19, with the 19 year olds being boy/girl twins. Life is busy in my one bathroom house :? One day if you read a news headline of "Sister kills because she couldn't get in bathroom" or "Sisters go wild because someone used their bobby pins", just think of me and my house.
I had an amazing job working in real estate as an assistant to the broker. I loved it, and was somewhat of a workaholic. Life was good. Then I injured my neck and everything changed. I ended up having a 3 level ACDF C5 to T1 and expected to go back to work within just a couple of weeks. What was I thinking????? I had complications during surgery which resulted in cord damage, and I struggled to regain strength for walking and other motor control. Finally, I was able to walk without even limping most times, and then found out I needed a revision. Whoa--not on your life was I going to let another surgeon close to my cord.
well, never say never. About 7 weeks ago I had the revision, and it was the best decision I could have made. I'll likely always have some nerve damage from the cord injury, but a lot of the issues are improving, and for that I am very grateful.
I still like to have fun, just had to learn different ways to do this. I can't wait until I can go snowmachining again, or hiking, or just being wild and crazy. I'll give up roller coasters and theme park rides, but I want to go sky jumping---yes, I'm crazy! And scuba diving.
Those are goals that I hope will come later, but for the time being I just take it one day at a time and keep living.
My objective for being a member here on spine-health is to return the good deeds that were done for me by giving support to others who may be scared or anxious about their own medical problems. If I can help in any way, please PM me. I also still need support and encouragement as I continue recovering from my recent surgery. It was a big one, and I know it will take some time. But I hope to give support as well as take, and I hope to help others forget their pain for a few minutes by just having fun with them in chat.
Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!