In May of this year, I had my third back surgery to fix a broken rod. Recovery has been a bit of a challenge as I expected but easier than with previous surgeries. It has been difficult emotionally as well because I had thought this was the year I would finally get my life back. Instead I spent a large part of the year in recovery mode again. As you can imagine, this whole surgery recovery thing is getting rather frustrating and tiresome after 5 yrs of going through it. I keep getting fed up with it and wishing I could just move on with my life.
Recovery typically takes up to a year and I had hoped this time around would be quicker since I should be getting good at it right? lol Joking aside, this was a rather simple surgery replacing the broken rod and wasn’t very invasive. The first part of the recovery went very well and quite quick which gave me hope I would be on my feet again very soon. But this was not to be.
Sadly, I hit a bit of a roadblock in my recovery I suppose you could say. I continue to deal with pain that should be getting better which has left my specialist scratching his head. He told me (much to my dismay) that I may need another small surgery but only if it would fix the problem. I could end up getting by with just spinal injections as well depending on what the problem is. I need a ct scan to help him figure out what is causing the pain. So I am currently playing the waiting game again and I am not sure when I will manage to get in. So until then, I try to deal with the pain the best I can.
As for how I am doing in terms of pain and mobility, on a good day, I can manage to be up for a 1-2 hours maximum before the pain gets too intense and I need to rest. On a bad day, 30 minutes up and moving around is about all I can manage before needing to lay flat and rest my back and then repeat. Lately the bad days outnumber the good but I try to just deal with it the best I can. I have to admit that emotionally it is very difficult because I often feel like my life is slowing passing by and I am not accomplishing nearly as much as I feel I should be…. or as I want to be. I push myself very hard to do as much as I can because I feel it is very important to live each day as fully as I possibly can because it will never come again. I don’t want to look back and have regrets that I didn’t take advantage of each day I have been given. So I do what I can which is all any of us can do. 🙂
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