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New member with upcoming multi level ACDF (Neck) in Dec.
Hi all... What a wonderful place here!! So much light, support and so many members reaching out there hands to help so many with their difficult times. So healing in many ways!
My name is CindySue, I am a mother of 3, 2 are grown, step mom to 4, and grandmother to 6. I work as a nurse aide in a retirement home. Most of my life I worked in Machining, I knew it was not my calling but I did what I had to do, I was a skilled machinist making good money, hated the job though.
I finally was able to go in another direction after a big lay off, I was not sure if nurse aide was for me but it was quick training, and the very first week I worked I knew it felt like I was at home. Loved the work ever since, this is my third year and the pain I have became unbearable. I am used to aches and pains so I ignored the problem for years. It was in my upper back, just figured it was muscles. Then it got to the point I could not work and clean house in the same day. They did the MRI and found degenerative discs, bulging with spurs, C-7 was scooched over to the side. Most feel arm pain and numbness, but it went into my upper back, muscles got so tight that it pulled my ribs out of place, I am scheduled for the multi level surgery on December 10th. I am going to physical therpy twice a week to train my ribs to stay in place before surgery. They have not cooperated though
They are removing the last three discs in my neck, I am hoping it goes well, I miss my people at work!! I went there today to drop off a paper and got many hugs and well wishes!!
Thanks all.. for all you do!!