On January 1st, 0f this new year I celebrated the 8-month-anniversary of my fusion surgery. I think I am about 99% better than before. No complaints. Well, maybe my stamina is not where I would like it to be, but then I am 72 years old, so I should be satisfied. Usually a short rest is all I need then I can continue on with my activities. This surgery couldn’t have gone better, especially as far as pain is concerned (or rather, the lack of it). I am almost completely back to my pre-surgery activities, although I watch certain moves, especially twisting, as I don’t want to weaken the vertebra above the fusion site.
Today, I celebrated a special milestone: since the end of April, this was the first time I went back to my regular exercise class for muscle toning. I really need this, as the other day when I looked at my calves, to my horror, I discovered that my previously well-defined muscles turned into flab! Ditto for my upper arms! So I thought it was time to get back into action and resume my classes. I know I can’t do everything, but I decided that in that case I just do a modified version of the move, or replace it with one I learned at PT. This was no problem, as I found out that my teacher, is about 6 months pregnant, so she is also modifying some of her movements. Overall, I probably did about 50% of the exercises with the class, the rest were modifications or substitutions. One thing I did with the others was doing the lounges, six times the length of the room. I bet tomorrow I will be in pain, but that is fine, this is the good kind of pain, and can tolerate it.
So does that mean that I am "norma;" ("new normal"?)