Tuesday, November 1, 2011

An Update

Thought I would give you a quick little update.  Quite a few of you sweet readers have asked me how I have been feeling.  So, here's a quick update for you.

At the end of July I was finally able to get in the neurosurgeon.  My appointment was at 9:00 Monday morning.  By 9:30 they had already determined that surgery was our only option.  By Monday afternoon, I was doing my pre-op appointment already.  Wednesday I had to go back for the rest of my pre-op appointments.  And, on Friday morning we were back at the hospital bright and early for my surgery. 

I had a disk replacement between vertebra 4 and 5, and a bone fusion between vertebra 5 and 6 (in my neck).  By Saturday morning, they were sending me home.  Things were fine for the first 12 hours but by Sunday at noon, Handsome Hubby was packing me back into the car and speeding through DC traffic to get me to the Emergency room.  I was admitted back into the hospital and ended up in ICU for 3 days.  Five days later I was finally released to go home again! 

Funny thing about being in the hospital...if you recall, we are military, so I had my surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in DC.  While I was in there (for the second time), I was able to look out my window and see the closing ceremony taking place.  (yup...WRAMC officially closed while I was a patient in it - - it's kinda weird - - it turned into a ghost town, but I had fantastic care since the floor I was on was supposed to have around 60 patients and there were only 3 of us on that floor!)

Once I got home, I was basically stuck in the lazy-boy. I was very limited in what I was allowed to do and thankfully Handsome Hubby's aunt and uncle came to help us out.  Just a week and a half later, we were all boarding a plane headed to Jamaica.  We had bought our tickets for Jamaica in February so there was no way we were missing our family vacation!  Everyone had a great time there - - although I do have to admit that I don't remember much of it since I was still on a lot of very good meds!

So, where does that leave me now?  Better!  I have been feeling fantastic!  The pain is completely gone and the Dr. says everything is healing very well.  I have been released to resume things, within reason and with limitations.  It takes me a lot longer to get things done.  I've found I can't whip out projects as quickly as I was able to before, but at least I don't have the pain, I can enjoy my kids and Handsome Hubby again and I can be the wife and mom that I want to be! 

I am doing projects, but obviously I haven't posted anything.  We have really been consumed with school since September.  With a 5th and 3rd grader, it takes us much longer to cover everything and I am trying to keep my focus on them first, and projects second.  So, if you see a lack of project posting, that's why....priorities.  I'm working hard to make sure that my Handsome Hubby and kiddos come first!

Well, that's my update in a nutshell.  I will be posting things as I find time, but not on any consistent basis.  Thank you for all the support and concern you have all communicated to me!!  :)

I'm feeling great and loving it!! 

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