The rehab guy was wonderful. Compassionate, understanding, and while the outcome was the same , he definately has the tact to work with people who are loosing or have lost their mobility. What a world of difference.
I had to fight to get rid of my walker after both surgeries,and it took me months to do it, so when I got a 5 prong cane, I was relieved, but I still have those moments when I feel like everyone is staring at me, and giving me those "poor her" looks of pity.
I am not thrilled with the idea of having to use either the scooter or the wheelchair, but at the same time, I also realize that my balance is way off these days, and I have taken some really close calls with falling. If I were to fall , and not have anyone around, I would be in serious trouble. So, that is my motivation behind trying to wrap my head around this whole relying on scooters and wheelchairs thing.
I have gone back to PT, and in the last three visits, I have fallen into the table three times, when I was getting ready to leave, scaring even the poor PT guy. The muscle spasms don't help that, because I don't know when they are going to hit, and because of that, the balance problems are even worse.
I am pretty sure that once the newness wears off of these new "toys" of mine, that I will have moments of adjusting, but I will. It's far better than falling and really hurting myself.....and besides, I can add some racing stripes for a little personalization....
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
POST OP CES 3/30-06
Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..