Today is my last day at work for a bit. On Monday, I am having spinal fusion surgery. I have numerous herniated discs in my neck pressing on my spine and not fixing the issue could cause permanent damage to my spinal cord. When weighing the options it was PRETTY clear what I needed to do! LOL! I ain’t ready for a walker quite yet.
My surgery is on Monday, although I have no clue what time. I’m supposed to get a call today to let me know. To say I’m nervous is an understatement! I’ll be spending three days in the hospital. I’ve never been in a hospital that long. The longest is overnight.
I saw two of Charlotte’s top neurosurgeons prior to making the decision to have surgery. Both doctor’s gave me the same diagnosis. I went with the second doctor I saw, as his group has performed surgery on a few family members. I feel very confident in my surgeon and his staff.
The doctor says I’ll be out of work three months, and full recovery takes anywhere from six months to a year. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to work from home by January. That’s what I’m shooting for. My mom is coming to stay with me for a month or so. She’s had the same operation but sadly my neck is a bit worse that hers was. I have always been an overachiever! LOL!
Despite my fear, I’m still trying to be funny in regard to the situation. If I focus too much on my anxiety, I’ll freak out! This week has definitely tested my anxiety management skills! It’s been a bit overwhelming as I’m trying to get things done. I want to make things as easy as possible for my mom. I know this will shock you, but I can be a witch when I’m feeling rough.
Luckily, I can still continue with my Profile eating plan after surgery. The first few days I’ll be unable to eat really crunchy things, so the Profile shakes and the oatmeal will be perfect! Even though I’m going to be home resting lots, I want to make sure I don’t gain all the weight I’ve lost back. My health coach at Profile has been extremely supportive I’m so glad they’re supporting me while dealing with this medical issue.
My biggest concern is what I’m going to do with Kramer once my Mom leaves. He is a strong dog and pulls at times. The doctor has said I cannot, under any circumstances, walk him for three months. Mollie is small and older, so she doesn’t have as much energy as Kramer. Hoping Kramer will realize his mommy is under the weather and become a lap dog for a bit!
Thank you all for listening to Phil and I this year! We know this year has been rough! I want to wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Christmas/holiday season! Hope to be back sooner than later!
Rock on! Mel 🙂
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