I really appreciate all of the cards, texts, calls, visits, food and other expressions of care. It’s been very reassuring to have so much support. Lots of people have asked how I’m doing, so I thought I’d share a little update.
On the Monday after Easter (4/17), I had a 4-level vertebrae fusion (C4 to C7) in my neck. I am one of the fortunate people who inherited degenerative bones in my spine (Thanks Mom!). In 2013, I had a severe herniation at C5-C6 and I had fusion surgery to correct it. This year, we added more titanium and more screws, etc. I am now the bionic man!
I am recovering well. My pre-surgery symptoms and pain are almost entirely gone and I’m healing well from the procedure itself. The worst part of the recovery is The Collar. I put it in caps because it’s uncomfortable enough to deserve a proper noun for a name. If I was a deep-cover operative of some foreign intelligence agency, I’d have a supply of these things to use as weapons of torture. I’ll tell you anything if you will just let me out of The Collar!
Fortunately, short breaks are allowed. Today’s promo video on Facebook was 2-minutes of paradise for me. I took it off just before that broadcast started, and 120 seconds later I returned to prison (which I what I’ve taken to calling this thing!).
The worst part of the collar is that I have to sleep in it. And, in case you’re wondering, there is NO good sleep to be found as long as I’m in The Collar. Seriously, that has been the hardest part – I just can’t get comfortable enough to sleep. And when you can’t sleep, you’re tired all the time. And grumpy. And when I’m grumpy, I think everyone around me ought to be grumpy, too. Grumpy loves company. Not the cheery kind. But the miserable variety.
I returned to work this week at about half-speed. I really am trying to take it slow and take the long-view so that I never have to have another neck surgery. But it’s very hard for me to sit still. As a movie-lover, it takes a lot for me to say that I AM TIRED OF WATCHING MOVIES! Next week, I’m planning to return to work full time, and based on how I’ve done this week, I suspect that will work pretty well.
So thank you for your expressions of care. They mean a lot. And thanks for praying for me.
See you at church!