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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Back surgery

Hi all, I thought I had better post an update to my blog for the few of you who visit me letting you know what is going on. I went last week to Tampa Florida to the Laser Spine Institute to have back surgery. It is an amazing place. I have spinal stenosis and a bulging disc as well as many bone spurs. I read about this laser center and phoned many folks who had surgery there and then opted to have it done. It is a 5 day process and my friend, Cindy, went with me to be my nurse. We stayed in a hotel near the center so could walk back and forth. The surgery was last Tues. and we flew home on Thurs. I am doing pretty good but not able to bend and still have stitches (they will be taken out on Tues). My incision is small--just an inch and a half. Compared to traditional open back surgery, this recovery period is 8 weeks versus the 9 months with open back. I was walking an hour after the surgery. AMAZING. Anyhow, I am not able to make any cards right now so have nothing to post, but wanted to let you know about my absence. If you are interested in this LSI, let me know and I will tell you all about it.
Thanks for checking in.

8 comments:

mimihas5 said...

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear that you had to have surgery but I hope with all of my heart that it works and that you will have a full recovery. I have 2 ruptured discs in my neck and two in my back. I know what kind of pain that causes. Right now I do not know what the pain of stenosis feels like but I have heard that it is very bad. Please let me know how you feel. One day, I amy need to have surgery and I would love to have it done the way that you have.

Take care and try not to over do .

Hugs,
mary

Sara Paschal said...

Just saying HI!

Jen - a "Spice Angel" said...

hi Cheryl, sending you some love n' aloha your way. Take care of yourself - and keep us all posted along the way.

Big hugs,
Jen

Marie said...

Cheryl, I hope that your back recovers well and quickly. Also, if you'll e-mail me your snail mail address I have a little something I wanted to send you. Take care and take it easy!! ;)

Marie

Rochelle W said...

Hope you get back to 100% soon!!

Betty said...

Cheryl,
I suppose I'm a little late in checking your blog, but I sure hope this surgery relieves your pain after recovery time! I have two ruptured dics in my back and have been able to keep the pain down.
I am happy you checked out another type of surgery and pray this will get to the root of the problem.

Betty Todd

Sara Paschal said...

Cheryl,
Thank you so much for the envie of goodies. I am having trouble with email but will drop you a line as soon as I can.
Thanks again,
Sara

StamperSharon said...

Sorry to hear about your back surgery, Cheryl -- I hope all is well now an that you are getting around a lot better!