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   Posted 4/30/2012 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, thought you might like a quick update on my March 26th discectomy and spinal fusion.

I have been so thrilled with my recovery, hardly any pain and I have had so much energy. After the first week at home and having constant company I had a few days to relax. Ever since its been one reason or another where we have had constant company from grandparents to adult children and because I have not screamed at them all they just kept piling it on.

This past Saturday was my birthday so I said I was doing nothing for Sat, but Friday ended up doing a family dinner, ribs for 14, I made simple salads and penne pasta and when everyone was done 2 of the girls did cleanup. After dinner the family tried to entertain me with karaoke but I was too tired to enjoy. Sat we had lunch out but had forgotten the restaurant had about 50 steps to get into. I did them lunch was delicious.

Sunday I did not feel well my back just hurts and hubby said it was swollen. I alternated hot and cold packs. I had a pain doctor appt today, he took one look at me and said go home and do not do anything for the next two months. I tried telling him I was trying to walk and get strength back so hopefully I could try to find work. His jaw dropped when I told him I have applied for CPP Disability and they keep turning me down and we can no longer afford expensive medications, he said this was crap and immediately wrote them a letter stating I have been unable to work for at least 3years, he then told me again now go home rest and hopefully you have not done more damage by trying to rush things.

I spoke to hubby tonight and we have come to an understanding that no more get togethers unless everyone pitches in by doing a pot luck and that includes all the cleaning as well. I feel a little better after trying to drive and not having the strength in my legs to push the brakes hard enough to stop, my daughter tried driving my car today and she went through a stop sign with both feet on the brake pedal, it was not me, my brakes are shot. I want to say yeah but now I need to budget a brake job.

Anyway long story, sorry but you were all right I was not resting enough, my apologies for thinking I was the exception to this surgery, rest, rest, recover, not rest a little then rest when I was exhausted and could not function anymore.

I will be on here more again as it is a wonderful place to be, nice people too.

Betsey Ross
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   Posted 4/30/2012 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh Grandma....I am so sorry that you fell behind and that your back is swollen. Oh My!!

I will pray for you and that higher diety gives you the patience for you not to do anything for 2 months. I know it will be hard but i know that you can do it.

Go Grandma!

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   Posted 4/30/2012 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Betsey I am more concerned about your knee. I hope you have been able to get that pain under control.

I thank you for your offer to chat up our higher power to instill patience in my attitude. I am stubborn and do not ask for help easily, and once I ask I actually expect the asker to do as I asked. I expect far too much.

Tonight I am going to ask my hubby to clip my toenails as I can not get my foot up that far. Ingrown toenails yipes this is really not my day.
Take care

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   Posted 5/1/2012 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh my, Rose, I'm sorry to hear you're having problems from doing too much!

I think I may have gotten away with my stupid opening of the heavy doors, which I've been bellyaching about to all who would listen (on any forum) and I think you advised me to take it easy. Why is it always so much easier to advise others than to take our own advice? Somehow, we think we know just how far to push it, but we don't!

I had to laugh about you asking your husband to cut your toenails. Mine still hasn't! He says he will, but the right time never comes :( A friend did it the first time, almost 2 months ago, and my daughter did it on Saturday. I can't get my foot up there, either, and my surgery was on March 7...and I didn't have a fusion, like you did!

Be kind to yourself!

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   Posted 5/1/2012 5:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh Rose, I'm sorry that you're having problems. I do hope that things settle again quickly and that you are feeling better very soon.

Debbie - you are very right. It's always easier to spot the line after you've crossed it, isn't it? Glad that you seem to have got away without any serious damage

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   Posted 5/1/2012 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
      Good morning Rose!
 sounds like you have been doing a bit too much...and quite frankly. I was wondering how in the world you were able to do it.
   I think I have read several times, that it can take 3 to 4 months before the fusion even starts....but not sure. Again it can take 12 to 18 months for it to heal completely. I have been known to get up from a guest visit here at the house, and head for the bed. If that is what you need to do, then by all means do it.
    Even though your Dr said to go home and rest for 2 may be important for you to keep walking...but cut it back a bit. Of course you need to follow your Dr's advice though.
      Take care, and I'm glad you posted a report for us here.
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   Posted 5/1/2012 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rose, wow I am floored that you have been doing all of those things. Its wonderful that you felt so good, but now you see where it has all landed you. I am glad that your dr told you that you needed to rest for now and slay the dragons later. I just hope it does not cost you in the long run. I cannot believe friends and family did not stop and realize what a serious surgery you went thru, they all should have been waiting on you and asking you what you wanted to eat. Now that you have heard from your dr what he expects I hope you will listen to him. There is plenty of time later for get togethers, but these people need to be realistic when it comes to your health.

Rose has you considered hiring an atty to help you get this disability that you have been denied? You could call and find one that would take the case on a contingency Contract, meaning he wins your case the fees come out of that money, you pay no money up front.

Please take care and just do your walking, Hugs, Susie
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   Posted 5/1/2012 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Get some rest and don't rush things, no matter how good you feel. You
also need to remember you just had major surgery. So do take it easy
or I might hog tie you to your bed...
Prayers for you...
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   Posted 5/1/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again, thank you for taking the time to read my grumbles.

I am not going to stop walking because I need to stay active I just need to stop all the other things. Last week I fertilized and over seeded my front and back yards, also my little spring bulbs were trying to push up through the leaves my hubby put on them to protect them. I noticed the issue and I raked them off. I am going to stop doing things like that.

I have been tired lately all the time, I am having a hard time staying awake writing this post. I feel silly for over doing things but it felt so darn good being able to move I did not want to stop..

I am going to nap for awhile, I will be back soon, take care my friends.
Take care

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   Posted 5/1/2012 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose, just think once you have been given the green light by the drs to resume normal activities you will feel like a million. But, keep in mind you will need to be somewhat always protective of your back to prevent any injury.

We all want nothing but the very best recovery for you and want to read about all sorts of things you are doing in your new pain free life.

Take it easy......Susie
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