Woo hoo! Had my 6 week follow up visit with my original neurosurgeon–the one who recommended three level cervical fusion surgery. At the time I was in extreme pain, weakness and tingling in my right arm and taking ibuprofen, vicodin, prednisolone, electric stimulation therapy, ice packs. After 3 epidural steroid injections, 4 weeks of physical therapy, glucosamine/chondroitin supplements, and much prayer, I am pain free, no tingling, regained almost full strength and take no pain meds–only the supplements. Because I’m feeling so good, the surgeon said he doesn’t need to see me again unless my condition worsens–which he believes will eventually happen. But until then, follow my present course of exercise and stretching and work with the trainer at the health club. And he did emphasize continuing the PT exercises DAILY no matter how good I feel.
I am restricted from doing anything jarring or twisty like running, golf, horseback riding or motorcycles. So if I’m ever chased, I’m doomed unless its in a pool because swimming is ok. Nope, still doomed. I suck at swimming. No shoveling snow, mowing the lawn, heavy lifting, no bending over for long periods of time(do you think insurance would cover a landscaping company?). Swimming, walking, stretching, massage–all good. Elliptical should be ok–double check with trainer. We did both agree that what will probably do me in will have something to do with catching a falling child. Sorry kids, break out the Bandaids. You’re on your own.
Thus ends my neck saga. For now. Next Ruhs odyssey? Doug’s going back to school in the Fall. As a student and a teacher. So we’re back to student loans and no job for me. How did we get back here? More on that in September.