We never quite know what to expect with a surgery like this, and they can be complicated being a spinal injury.
Mine was my first major surgery, and I would not want another one anytime soon. However, I do feel like that I'm better than before the surgery. As many have said, it should be a last resort, but in your case it looks like you did not have a choice in the matter since you had a bad accident and needed corrective surgery right away.
Was this your first major surgery? If so, it can be quite a shock, and to wake up in that kind of pain is something else!
Ones mind can wonder, what the outcome will be, since it takes so long to heal. I do believe that I'm still in the healing process, but I know that it takes a very long time. We just don't expect it to take that long.
I wanted to add that a persons work activitys can slow down the healing process, as Straydog has suggested to me several times. She is right! What might been 12 months of healing can turn into 18 months or more, if you dont allow yourself time to heal properly. However; with employment being tight, and some of the work leave rules only go so far for a person, so in the end you have to do what you have to do. It is a choice that only you can make. Spinal surgerys seem to take much more time than companys will allow for a person to be off without loosing their job. Its a tuff call! I know there will be some who will say what a foolish thing to take a chance on, but again it is a personal choice that sadly is governed by finances at times. I have 33yrs in with my company, and still have a few more years to go, and I chose not to throw away that chance. Was it a wise one?....I may never really know, but I dont think I did my body any favors in doing so. Again a tuff call to make.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 11/30/2010 1:04:59 PM (GMT-7)