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Holiday Preparations after Spine Surgery ~

gwennie17gwennie17 Posts: 2,912
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Is anyone else being done in by holiday activities? So far I have managed to survive cookie baking and candy making, boxing it up, wrapping gifts and hauling it all off to the mailing center with only developing a major flare....

But who knew that changing a king-sized bed has become an aerobic activity?? :O

I hope I survive until Tuesday when family arrives...

Hope everyone else's preparations are going better than mine.

Cheers ~



  • sounds like you are doing great!Just don't overdo---my surgery is not until Dec. 31,but I had a spinal fusion 2 years ago the last of September. In addition in trying to get mobile before the holidays I graduated from the University of North Texas-I went back several years before to earn a degree in History. Anyway,I was determined to walk across the stage to receive my diploma-someone did escort me-but I did it!----my whole point is it sounds like you are very positve,and doing well!
  • I'm really behind with everything!
    I'm intending to keep things more simple this year and buy some stuff rather than making it.
    Just got a horrible shock though, there are NO delivery dates available for the grocery shopping, this side of Christmas. I haven't been able to go to the supermarket for months. I can almost feel the pain coming on, just thinking about it. Oh well I'll just have to rest afterwards.

    I've done most of my shopping for presents on-line too.

    Take care everyone, and pace yourselves.

    Happy Christmas to all, and to all a pain free (or reduced) time.
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  • Hi Gwennie,

    I think you are doing fantastic!! hang in there. I hope the family helps you out once they arrive.

    I understand, I had to bake cookies for my kids and they are still waiting on their peanut butter balls, but that requires alot of standing in the kitchen, ouch!!

    Thank you Gwennie for always being on hand with such good advice, I hope you have a wonderful christmas.

    Take care,
  • Christmas preparations???? What's that? Gosh....I can't even think about it. Ha ha. I'm not sad....just like Thanksgiving...I get to eat all the good and do none of the work. I'm looking at the bright side. I haven't shopped yet...nothing. Well, I'll get to shop for a little bit tomorrow. My doc said I cant' drive but he didn't say I can't ride!!!!!

    have a great holiday everyone!
  • I did all my shopping online this year-which worked really well-----I don't bake much anyway,my husband cooks and I clean!which will be on him after I have surgery---everyone has to understand you can't do it all! It is great seeing the positive comments----I didn't know you could shop for groceries online!Have I been in a cave?
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  • Gwennie, can you ship me some of the cookies and candy? Yum!

    I had planned to have surgery before the holidays so had already planned simple. Due to conflicting opinions, I took a bit longer to come to decision and won't go for surgery until January.

    I thought about doing a bit more but realized I am risking getting worse. Of course I'll still overdo it but I'm still staying with my original plan - no tree but a big wreath with lights, gifts but limited list, no christmas cards (sorry), only 3 types of Christmas cookies instead of the usual 8 or so, and willing to take my family up on coming to their home without having to cook anything.

    Luckily we only have a Queen bed so a little less of a work out on changing the sheets (ha).
  • my Christmas shopping months ago, and there are no decorations up in my house, but I will be doing some candy making and baking this weekend. In addition to my full time office job, I'm a long-arm quilter. That means I have a 14' long quilting machine, on which I quilt quilts that other people have pieced together. I just finished the last of the Christmas quilts on Wednesday night, so my house looks like a tornado ripped through it -- I've had absolutely no time for anything else. This weekend, it's clean up, a little baking, and maybe put up the little 1.5" tree I have. I've got a new puppy, so no regular tree this year!

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Last year, pre-op, due to back pain, we cut back a lot on Christmas duties and we are going to continue that way. Last year (and this) my partner cooked a turkey under the hood of the bbq as well as all the roast vegies. (It's Summer here.) I made a salad and we bought all the prawns, cake, pudding, sweets. The dessert was tres easy: I bought a ready-made flan, beat up some cream until it was almost solid, piled it into the flan case then poured a box of thawed mixed berries (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries) over the top. It looked and tasted wonderful and took about 5 minutes to assemble.

    We're never going back to the old days.
  • What next week already!!! With all that has been going on this year I just can't get into the Christmas spirit. I have bought the kids presents but my only decorations are a wreath on the front door. I think the kids are going to pester Dad to put the tree up today.

    Fortunately I have a very domesticated hubby who loves cooking so I don't need to worry about the heavy housework or cooking of Christmas dinner.

    Hubby has now finally got the details of his January business trips sorted so on Monday I'm going to phone my surgeon and schedule the fusion.
  • We are in the midst of the big snow event in MD. The drive way is covered in at least a foot of fresh snow with another 10" expected. Back in the day, I would have been out shoveling, enjoying the beautiful weather (we don't get a snow fall like this often.) This time I'm patiently waiting for someone else to take the initiative to clear the driveway with out me having to suggest it.

    I've spread out my holiday chores to try to avoid the inevitable. One day I'll bake, another I'll shop, but have found it only takes about 2-3 hours on my feet before I'm reaching for the meds. I wrapped presents on my bed which is pretty high but still wound up with a screaming back. So I do what I can, try to pace myself, and just accept that it's gonna hurt.

    The comments about the sheets sure hit home. One thing I still cannot do without some help is put sheets on the bed. I can't lift the corners of the new thick mattress to tuck the sheet in while trying not to bend. It's a little frustrating but I know I will always have help from now on with that little chore.
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