Wish me Happy Anniversary!
It was one year ago today that I had my second ACDF. It was necessary because my first 3 level from 1.5 years earlier had failed. New herniation intense pain, radiculopathy etc. During this in-between time I managed to get a DUI because of our beloved Neurotin.
One year ago today they set me up with a four level, with removal of two vertebrae, harvesting of bone from my iliac crest, posterior rods and a cage. One year ago today I had the first of 4 surgeries over a 3 day period and was in the hospital for 8 days.
6 Weeks after surgery, I was so toxic from all of the opiates I had been on, I went into a medical detox for 5 days followed by a week of rehab. While in rehab I discovered that my wife of 19 years was going to divorce me. After rehab I went back to work for 6 weeks and then got fired. My 16 y/o daughter managed to wreck 2 of my cars. It was a long cold unemployed painful winter.
Today, (you may wonder) I gratefully have a job again, I struggle with pain and pain meds to be able to function somewhat normally, life goes on, (on life’s terms not mine) in pain.
I hate country western songs – my life has become one. I find it difficult to visit our little site because of all of the “newbies” I feel their pain, and I have enough of my own darn it!
May God (or whoever – however holds your beliefs) bless us all in our journeys.
Life is not a problem to be solved – but rather a mystery to be lived. (from fortune cookie)