Been gone for awhile, but now home, recovering/resting after the 3rd spinal surgery in 13 months....hopefully this one will do the trick & I can return to the classroom next fall, and STAY for once! Had to leave this year's class after Christmas, to get ready for my PLIF.... Would enjoy teaching a WHOLE YEAR next year, if all heals correctly! Tried everything to avoid this invasive procedure, but enough is finally enough---just could not endure the constant burning, electrical pain any longer. 4 hr procedure w/ a 7" incision---but they tell me I slept right through it :)
I do have a lot post-op pain (I expected some). More, in fact, than I'd anticipated; but the sciatica and radicular pain in my leg/foot is gone! Yea! I am sooo pleased with that result!
Now the hard part: patience while healing! I'm only 4 weeks out, so If you need an ear (or shoulder) I'll be here for awhile! Resting! Praying for a solid union! Got plenty of time to listen to all! Fire away! Share! Whine! Reflect! Whatever!
Hope you all have a better 2008--maybe this is the year we all begin to really start "Healing Well"!
Nov. 06-- Lammy @ L4, removal of spinal cystic tumor @ L4/5(benign)
Dec. 06--Re-operation for post-surgical spinal fluid leak. 2nd surgery complications includied sciatic nerve damage & radiculopathy in R leg/foot, increased instability (grade 1 spondy, 17%), epidural scar tissue binding nerve roots, damaged facet joints & DDD @ L4/5.
Jan. 08--PLIF fusion/discetomy surgery with pedicle screw instrumentation @ L4/L5, another lammy (@ L/5 this time) & bone marrow harvest from left iliac crest for packing bone around disc cages after discectomy @ L4/5. OW!!!