I just haven’t had anything blog-worth to say for the past week or so. My fourth (and hopefully final) cervical spine surgery was nine days ago, and it really kicked my butt. Or my spine, or whatever. It was complicated and ugly and painful, and I’ve never felt so out of control. Thankfully, my neurosurgeon and my nurse, Cathy, got me through the longer-than-expected hospital portion of the experience without a meltdown. It took a lot of time and effort on both their parts and I will always appreciate it. Then I came home and my friends and family took over. My mom came in and stayed with me for four days, and I really don’t know what I would have done without her. I wasn’t steady on my feet, couldn’t think clearly, and I was miserable. She made sure I took my medications appropriately, rested enough, and ate enough. Seriously, I needed help just getting those things accomplished.
So now I’m feeling a bit better every day – well enough to boss my husband and kids around, anyway. And I’m beginning to get frustrated that I can’t do the things I want to do (even though I know that’s unrealistic). I’m already worrying about how I’ll handle everything when it’s time to go back to work, even though that’s weeks away. UGH! You’d think after four major surgeries I’d be better at this post-op thing, but I’m not. Any suggestions?