{3 Weeks Post Surgery}

Health & Fitness Me

Hello, Friends!  Happy Thursday!

Three weeks ago yesterday, I had ACDF surgery.  Basically, I have several bulging discs in my upper back/neck.  The neurosurgeon went in the front of my neck, and removed the bad, dried up discs, and the space was replaced with cadaver grafts, then strengthened with titanium plates and screws.  Crazy, huh?

So, 3 weeks post surgery, how's it going?  Well I am back at work, full time.  I tried to go back after 1 week, but it just didn't happen.  I needed one more day at home.  I was able to work the last two days of the week, but I was so glad for the weekend.  I think I tried to do too much, too soon!

Surgery 1

We did get out to see Daniel Tosh, I was worried I wouldn't be able to sit through a whole show, but it was okay!  And Daniel Tosh? Oh my!  HILARIOUS!  But so, so, bad!  And don't you love my see through shirt (Hello BRA!) ?  Hmmmm….didn't really notice that until the photo.  I'm classy….what can I say!

Tosh

I've been trying to get as much rest as I can, and I never have to worry about cooking!  I swear, my family and Zumba girls took care of me!  The delicious meals Carl and I had……oh my!   I am so thankful!

My neurosurgeon told me that I could begin walking after a week or so, as long as I felt up to it.  I went on a nice long walk during the second week, but I think it was too soon.  I took the second weekend super easy, wore my neck brace and laid low.  It was well needed! Once again, what can I say?  I'm classy!  Sharpies on my neck collar!  🙂

Neck Brace

I was still having trouble sleeping.  It seems to be the worst side effect of this whole thing.  I wasn't able to sleep much before surgery, and sleeping after surgery wasn't much easier!  It was hard to sleep on my back, propped up with pillows.  I just couldn't get comfortable!  Ugh!

Week three started a little bit better!  I think the weekend of rest, really did me some good! I was able to go on two really nice walks and burn some good calories!  Important, right?

Walk1
Walk2

Last night I had to run to Costco for a few things and found this pillow:

And for the first time in months, I could sleep on my side and get a good night's sleep! It was amazing!  I am praying tonight goes just as well!

My follow up appt. with my neurosurgeon is next week.  I am hoping that that x-rays show that my neck is "fusing" nicely and I am on the mend!  This whole experience has been trying!

I hope you all have a happy Thursday, and THANK YOU so much for your support, as I go through this crazy time in my life!

xoxoxo

 

Ali

One thought on “{3 Weeks Post Surgery}”

  1. Julie Luong - June 14, 2013 11:24 pm

    I need one of those pillows! Glad to hear you’re doing great… you’re a very classy lady!

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