I’m officially over a week out from my surgery. It feels nice to reach this milestone considering how long I had to wait for it. I’m still in a lot of pain, but it is gradually improving. The leg pain from compressed nerves I was experiencing before surgery is still gone. The majority of the pain I’m experiencing now is bone pain (the surgeon shaves some of the bone off the vertebrae near the affected disc to help take pressure off the nerve being compressed) and muscle spasms. The pain is forcing me to use muscles I usually don’t use to support my upper body. These muscles are screaming and spasming in protest! That will eventually go away, muscle spasms are a very normal part of recovery from spine surgery. Doctors regularly prescribe muscle relaxers in combination with narcotics for pain control.
I was talking to my dad earlier about my pain and we discussed the differences between my last two spine surgeries compared to this one. While the operative pain is a bit worse this time due to working on more than one disk, my legs are much stronger this time than they were after the other surgeries. They feel stronger now than they have in months! The surgery was definitely successful in that respect. While there’s a chance I won’t ever be pain free, I have high hopes that I’ll be pretty close to pain free after 6 weeks or so.
My last spine surgery resulted in an allergic reaction to SOMETHING used in incision closure. Whether it was the dissolving sutures or the topical glue I don’t know, but I’m having a similar reaction this time. The wound and surrounding area itch something terrible and are red. It isn’t infection, though…I’m just concerned that the reaction will hinder healing. Last time my incision didn’t heal properly and remained open on the top layers. That combined with a hematoma developing resulted in a second surgery. The surgeon closed the wound with non-dissolving nylon sutures and it healed beautifully. I wish she had done that this time, but she didn’t. We’re watching it like a hawk and first sign that the wound is opening up we’re going straight back to the surgeon. I refuse to go under the knife again!
In other life news, I’m getting excited about the holiday season. The Christmas commercials have begun and I have my fall scents all over the house. I love the warm, spicy scents of fall. One of my favorites this year is Yankee Candle’s Apple Pumpkin. It’s fabulous. I’m beginning to search Pinterest and my new cookbooks for a different recipe or two to make for Thanksgiving. I’d love a link if anyone has a suggestion for me. I’m also looking forward to a trip to Branson, Missouri sometime before Christmas. My mom wants to take me up there for a little shopping and enjoying their Christmas decorations and activities. I hated Branson as a kid. It was a place everyone went to shop and I thought it was a haven for old people and extremely cliche and I hated going. I even boycotted it and refused to go for years. Now that I’m older I appreciate it more. It’s a lovely place with good shopping not too far from home but far enough to seem like vacation. I still don’t enjoy the shows or any of that aspect of it, but Branson actually has a lot to offer besides their kind of cheesy stage shows.