Hello all - I am a self employed 60 year old woman who acts like a 30 year old
)) and describe myself as an "orthopaedic train wreck". I am scheduled for a posterior cervical spine fusion in early October(at two levels) and I have some specific questions regarding recouperation and your insights.
I need surgery due to a spinal cord injury from 20 years ago (body sufing in Hawaii!) when I nearly broke my neck. I have not had much pain from the injury, but now with the aging process I have developed severe stenosis which is beginning to impinge my spinal column enough that my surgeon fears a catastrophic injury should I have a car accident or serious fall, etc.
So I am particularly interested in recouperation time and how I can do things such as type and talk on the phone for any length of time. I am self employed and work from home doing career coaching by phone. I have a large client load (not surprising in this economy). I'd like to hear from folks about how quickly they felt they were back to normal (enough) that they could think clearly and carry on meaningful work.
I don't want to short my clients, but I need to get back to work as quickly as possible. In general I am very active, swim, kayak, golf. I have a high tolerance for pain (one of the reasons I am such a "wreck"). Any insights? Thanks for your time.