Monday, June 21, 2010

A Little News


Thank you so much for all your comments and prayers for my recent back surgery. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. I had a microdiscectomy last Wednesday for a ruptured disc at L4-L5. The neurosurgeon successfully removed a large extrusion as well as a fragment of disc that had lodged under the nerve root. Both had calcified, so the surgeon said I have needed this procedure for a while. Wednesday was a rough day, as I experienced nausea and vomiting after surgery. I was most disappointed to experience painful back spasms after the procedure. Nausea subsided within 24 hours, but the spasms have continued. Yesterday the intensity and frequency of the spasms began to wain, so I am hopeful that this week will be more restful. Walking has proven helpful, so I plan to do more of that each day.

My mother had her stem cell transplant last week, so we are hopeful that she will improve dramatically. I will keep you updated on her progress.

Stop by tomorrow for tea in the garden!

 

13 comments:

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am so glad the surgery was successful and that the spasms are subsiding. I am confident that you will be healed of the pain, Melissa! And I'm happy about your mom's news, too. Feel better and continue to improve.

XO,

Sheila :-)

jmac said...

Been following your creativity for a while now. And am in awe of all you accomplish on a daily basis.
Would love to know more about your surgery..I'm suffering right now because of a cyst at L4-5. Putting off surgery, hoping for a miracle overnight. (don't think it's coming) May I email you for more details??
Continued strength and healing for all your family...

Cheri said...

Melissa, glad it went well. Do they have you on any muscle relaxers? If not, please call first thing tomorrow. That is a MUST. Your back muscles are most unhappy right now. Flexiril knocks me flat out, but Soma or Robaxin work well and I'm able to still function.

Take it VERY easy. I jumped back into my normal life within a month and re-herniiated 2 months after my first surgery. I am the poster girl for what NOT to do. lol

Do they expect the nerves to heal even with the calcification? I hope so!

Continued prayers!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you are on the mend, Melissa. God is good!

Sorry you were sick from the meds. Since you are walking some, I think you figured out excercising is important for your continued recovery. Don't overdue it though.

Have a blessed week. Debbi

Stephanie said...

I commented a few days ago about my husbands surgery. I thought an update on his recovery might be an encouragement to you. He had the same surgery as you even in the same spot. He had two pieces 1 the sz of popcorn and 1 the sz of an almond stuck to his nerve. The surgeon actually had to pry them off the nerve. The back pain is not the problem, it is the nerve pain which will simply require time to heal, up to 18mths. The good news is, we are seeing improvement. It has been 3 wks today and it seems he takes a big turn for the better about every 5 to 7 days. We actually had family pics Sat. night and he walked all over climbing hills and getting up and down off the ground and was only a little sore. He is a pastor and he was able to be back in the pulpit yesterday,standing and not limping. He did great. He didn't even have to lie down until bedtime last night. It is still easier for him to sleep on the couch. The nerve tends to "lock up" painfully when he tries to get out of our bed. I hope this helps. Take it easy and don't push too hard. There is hope.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So glad you're improving -- have a friend who's going to have the same surgery soon -- I know that back surgery is always a concern because it's so tricky. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Rach said...

Praying for you! Hope this surgery will bring much comfort.

Sylvia said...

Try not to judge your improvement day by day. Sometimes you might be worse from one day to the next. Think more in terms of weekly. Of course a week has had to go by first! Ask yourself "Do I feel better today than I did last Wed.?"and I am confident you will be able to say "yes!"
Sylvia

Shanna said...

Wonderful news! So glad that you are beginning to see post-op progress. Will continue to pray for you...

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

My mother-in-law was a surgical nurse. She told me after surgery that we often have a couple very bad days immediately and then for some reason we have good-bad-good-bad for awhile.

Eventually the body gets over the trauma of the surgery and heals. I pray your healing comes very quickly.

Michie' Mooney said...

So glad your surgery is over and done. I had the exact thing 2 years ago and also had to cope with pain afterwards. Just give it time. Physical therapy and eventually yoga helped get me to the final stage. I will keep you in my prayers!

Graciously Southern said...

Keeping you in my prayers and am hopeful the sugery will relieve your back pain permanently! I know this has plagued you for a while and I'm so happy you'll be able to enjoy your family and beatiful events that you plan even more so now. Keeping your Mom in my prayers too!

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Like jmac...I continue to be in awe of the creative and truly beautiful things you accomplish. My new job has me jumping from dawn to dusk during the week but Lorelai's 20th birthday is coming up in July 26. I think we will have a spa morning and afternoon tea at Charleston Place.

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