It’s been two weeks today since my surgery and I could not have asked for a better outcome. A lot of good prayers went into my surgery and my continued recovery that I will be eternally grateful for. Right now I have the effects of the surgery still following me around but they get better every day. Hip is still sore from where they took the bone graft, neck muscles are sore from cutting into them and my throat is finally getting back to normal after the breathing tube and moving everything out of the way to get to the vertebras.
Mostly I feel so much better I have a tendency to overdo which puts me in a tailspin for the rest of the day. I have had to pace myself carefully which is not my normal mode of operation. I am currently walking about a mile to a mile and a half a day which has been a challenge because of the snow we get once or twice a week. The snow doesn’t bother me but I can not afford a slip and fall on the ice.
For now, I have 30 more days until I meet with my surgeon to see how the bone graft is doing. If I get a A-OK then I can remove my cervical collar and resume driving, with some physical therapy. If I don’t get an A-OK then its’ no driving and the collar stays on for up to twelve weeks.
I will have used up all of my sick and leave time by the end of this week but thanks to a leave transfer program that was approved today I have had co-workers and my daughter donate an additional 350 hours into my account. This is a huge blessing that takes a lot of weight off my shoulders on how I was going to continue paying for insurance premiums for health care.
As you can see there have been a lot of people responsible for my ability to pull this surgery off. One of the reasons I never did it sooner is because I just did not have the network to pull off a twelve-week recovery program until recently.