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It’s been a few days since I posted and I am bored of doing mostly nothing, so I will be trying out some picture less posting while relying solely on the iPad.

Major surgery will do that to you. After two days at HCGH, being taken care of quite well, I might add, I am home driving my husband crazy with requests. Anterior spinal disk fusion is not simple, nor something from which you bounce back quickly.

Three months ago, I had no idea I needed this done. That’s why I am glad we retired when we did. I had almost two years doing what I wanted before life got in the way of having fun. But, a late Novembeer trip to the emergency room with symptoms of a heart attack changed all that. It wasn’t a heart attack. It mimicked one, though, and subsequent diagnosis showed degenerative disk disease affecting my back, neck, arms and causing numbness and pain. Not what you want daily in your life.

Friday they did surgery. I get to wear a hard collar for weeks, followed by a combination of hard and soft collars, and can’t lift anything greater than five pounds. No driving for at least a month. My family and friends are all pitching in to help me with things I need to have done.

It will impact my having a garden this year, and we won’t be getting those chickens just yet. Still, I am lucky it was found before the collapsing disks constricted spinal fluid. The garden will be smaller, and more low maintenance. My husband intends to make some raised beds that I can easily reach. We will be going more to Larriland’s and Baugher’s for u pick fruits and veggies.

I may have to change the tag line on my blog for a while to Life in the slowest lane, but that’s better than life in the pain lane.

About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

4 responses »

  1. Oh my goodness! Take CARE of yourself! And don’t overdo. In the long run, you will be glad you didn’t push harder than you were supposed to. You have many years of enjoying retirement to look forward to, and you definitely want to ENJOY!

    • I know. This is one of those times you have to slow down. Pushing will adversely affect the ability for the fusion to become stronger.

      The good news is that doing it when I did meant that I probably avoided permanent nerve damage, as the tingling, the numbness and sharp bicep and triceps pain are all completely gone. I was in pain every day before the surgery whether or not I did any work or lifting or exercise.

      Now I just can’t wait until I can swallow normally again.

      At least I can sit and blog. But, the percocet is driving me nuts. Can’t wait to stop taking it. I can’t have a glass of wine and that is a real shame!


  2. Oh my goodness! Feel better soon. I’m so impressed that you are up and blogging!

  3. WOW WOW WOW! I am glad you found out when you did and I am glad it wasn’t a heart attack, although both are pretty serious. Thinking about you.


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