Monday, December 3rd, 2018
Shhh…don’t tell anyone but I took my brace off for a quick pic. This is me about 4 1/2 weeks after surgery. I’m doing too much because Wizard is has a day off of supervising me, LOL! He’s off racing with his friends, and I decided to bake. I’ve really wanted chocolate (although I wanted chocolate cake–chocolate chunk cookies are a good second choice). Anyway, this is me, and you can see the healing incision. It’s not bad.
And here I am wearing the brace just to prove I had it on 99% of the time!
I’ve been dealing with some typical post-surgical blues, and facing two more months of wearing the brace with fairly significant restrictions. This is normal. As far as the pain I had before surgery, it’s better but not gone. Although after doing too much with the cookies, I definitely feel it streaking down my arm, but that could also be residual nerve damage that might heal up in time. We’ll see what happens long term.
Around us, life has had some ups and downs. The saddest thing is that, our new daughter-in-law lost her father a few days before Thanksgiving. We are heartbroken for her, and her family, as well as our son. But they are strong, and will get through it one day at a time.
Otherwise, my brother-in-law who had open heart surgery two weeks before my surgery continues to improve at a solid rate. His surgery was BIG, so it takes time. My oldest son and his wife, CPA Boy and Special K’s, youngest dog had emergency surgery for burst disc that paralyzed his back legs. They don’t know if he’ll walk again, but they’ve put him in a specialised live-in therapy that will give him the best chance. I really admire their dedication to Max! And we had to evacuate AGAIN, this time because we had a significant rain that could cause mudslides. That was two long days of stress, packing and planning. Then came the moment when Wizard heard the low roar rising in the distance like an approaching airplane. That was the moment when we left. But the good news is that while it was runoff and mudflow coming down–it followed the path the city worked so hard to create away from our neighborhoods. We watched it on the news–so surreal. We are very grateful. Of course, the next rain could have a different outcome, but chances are that we’ll be okay.
And Wizard is totally stealing my dog! My Maggie!!! I still can’t walk her because I have a ten pound weight limit, and Maggie is 19 pounds. She pulls here and there on the leash, and the doctor felt it was better if I didn’t do it. Wizard is LAUGHING HIS BUTT OFF!! He has really taken to walking her!
Okay don’t tell Wizard, but part of me is pleased. Maggie is still attached to me, but she’s doing better with him now that he walks her. Once I can do it again, we’ll figure it out how to share This is a good problem to have.
Those are just a few of the things that have been pretty nonstop around here.
I did a little work of reading over the book, and it’s a mess. That’s no surprise to me, I knew it was. It’s just frustrating. I’m going to try to put a plan together to clean it up, and figure it out. With the holidays and the fact that I’m not supposed to do too much, I can’t make any promises.
Okay so that’s my catch up post. Now it’s your turn, what’s been going on with you?
Monday, November 19th, 2018
Waving hello to everyone, and a huge thank you all for your good wishes and support. I’m recovering well. It’s been about 2 1/2 weeks, and I’m off pain pills in the day, I just take Tylenol if, and when, needed. Nights are a little tougher, but I do pretty well. I saw my surgeon last week, we did some x-rays, and everything looks good so far. I have a plate and six screws in my cervical spine Once I saw the images, I had a little more patience with myself, and a better grasp of why it takes six weeks to three months at the very least to heal. I’m already having fewer headaches, which is great. I still have tinnitus and think I always will, and I’ll cope with that. Millions of people do. As for the nerve pain, it seems a little better, but I won’t really know about that for weeks yet since I’m not at my regulator activity level. And it can take a long time for nerves to improve.
Wizard has been a rock star through this. He’s doing everything, cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, walking Maggie every day and all the usual work he does around the house like cutting yards, etc. After the first week, I’ve been doing a little more each day, trying to make it a bit easier on him. This weekend I was even able to cook breakfast with just a little help. Wizard never complains though. He’s a little tired, but who can blame him!
We had a little scare this week with Maggie, but she’s fine now. Tuesday morning, she jumped off a side hill and went suddenly lame in her right rear leg. We thought she’d been stung by a bee, but I couldn’t find the stinger, and she couldn’t stand or walk on the leg. Luckily, Maggie has a great vet, Dr. Tran, whom Youngest Son’s fiance works with as a Vet Assistant. They got us in, and after examining Maggie, the vet was pretty sure it was a bite or sting of some kind too. But obviously Maggie was having a pretty dramatic reaction and swelling. She gave her a steroid injection, and because I wasn’t feeling well, they kept her for a few hours to watch her. After about an hour, Maggie was finally able to walk on her leg again. We were so fortunate! Finance then brought her home for us after work, along with a small amount of meds. She was such a huge help! I really don’t know what I would have done without our soon-to-be-daughter-in-law and Dr. Tran. We really appreciate them both so much. Maggie has been fine since then.
As for writing, I’m still officially off per my doctor, but I’ve printed out my book to read though as I feel up to it. No pressure, but it gives me something else to focus on and think about when I’m feeling restless. I’ve been reading a little, but a lot of time I’m just watching TV and counting my brain cells as they die off, LOL!
In other news, two of my sons and their wives are going through a tough time with sick family members or animals. We love them all so much, and wish we could fix things, but sometimes, all we can do is support them. Life isn’t always easy or fair, is it? But as we go into a week where we celebrate being thankful here in the U.S., I am thankful for sons who are trying their best to help those they love.
And I am thankful for all of YOU who’ve been supportive of me as I’ve battled this physical problem with my neck.
Now that I’ve rambled on, tell me how things are going for you! How was your weekend? Anything new going on?
I still won’t be posting regularly for a couple more weeks, but I’ll keep checking in.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
Hi, I’m checking in. I’m writing this five days after the surgery, and I’m doing pretty well.
The surgery took over four hours. It had been projected to take two-and-a-half to three hours, so it definitely went long. There were a LOT of bone spurs pressing into my nerves. I believe the doctor told me there was one or more near my spine too, but I’m not totally sure. I was in recovery and some of that is a little blurring in my memory.
I came through the surgery fine, woke up able to talk, proving there was no damage to my voice. In an aside, I was so hot in recovery, the nurse had ice packs all around me. I really do have some weird reactions! It wasn’t a fever, I was just so hot, anyone near me could feel the heat radiating off me. Anyway, I stayed one night in the hospital, and the next day got up and walked with my physical therapist. The therapist was surprised, but honestly, I just wanted to go home and was willing to do whatever it took to get me there. My doctor released me and Wizard got me home by late afternoon.
I battled several days of nausea, which is just how I react to anesthesia. Now I’m over it and my appetite is improving. I’m on the absolute lowest dose of pain meds as I’d rather have pain than nausea. Otherwise, my throat is very sore, but getting better each day. My incision is bigger than we thought it would be, and it looks like someone cut my throat.
But the incision is healing, and the scar will be what it will be.
We won’t know how the surgery works as far as my existing pain for a while. But I’m very confident that we stopped the progression. With that many bone spurs, it was just a matter of time before something really bad happened.
Another side effect of the surgery is that I have bruises all over my arms, my shoulder and my scalp. That’s from the nerve specialist—he had probes in my nerves to make sure the doctor didn’t hit something he shouldn’t. Apparently, he sent currents of electricity through those to test the nerves, and that would cause me to jerk on the table. That caused the places where the needles were placed to bruise, and I bruise easily. All that will heal so no big deal. I remember nothing about any of the surgery. The last thing I recall is being wheeled into the O.R. room, and the next thing I remember is being woken up in recovery.
Otherwise, I’m up and around, though I tire easily. Wizard and the boys are taking great care of me. I’m listening to Wizard because I only want to do this once. I’m resting all the freaking time. Reading a lot or watching TV. Oh and the doctor gave me a soft collar I can sleep in, or eat in, then I wear the big hard collar the rest of the time. After a few days, I’m used to it, and I know it’s there to protect my neck so that helps too. But when I wear the hard collar, you can see the incision and I want to spare you that, so no pictures.
So that’s how I’m doing, now I’d love to hear how all of you are doing. I may not respond, but I will absolutely read each and every comment. I’m not going to be posting regularly for a while yet, but will check in once a week or so.
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018
Surprise, I’m here! My surgery was rescheduled for Thursday at 12:30. First, let me say that Wizard and I are NOT upset. This was a system of checks and balances that worked. I got all the way to the O.R. when the doctor discovered in his pre-surgical check that the donor bone was NOT what he’d ordered. He didn’t think it was the right bone for me, and I trust him. Everyone there was professional, kind and apologetic.
Now the hilarious part. They moved me from the OR back into a curtained bay and were trying to get ahold of Wizard. He’d been with me until the took me to the surgery room, then was heading to the cafeteria to get breakfast. He had my clothes, my glasses, everything. I had nothing but the thick paper hospital gown I was wearing. The doctor pulled out his phone and told me he’d call Wizard right now. (You can see why we really like this doctor).
I groaned. “He won’t answer if he doesn’t recognized the number.” I know how he thinks–he’d just left me, so the nurses or doctors couldn’t possibly be calling him yet. Even I couldn’t get into trouble that quickly, right? And Wizard never answers a number he doesn’t recognize unless he’s expecting a call. That’s his logic. I know exactly how he thinks.
So the doctor called while I watched.
Wizard didn’t answer.
Then the nurse tried.
Wizard didn’t answer.
I’m now picturing myself flinging off my covers, grabbing the IV pole and heart machine I was hooked up to, and dragging them with me as I stomped to the cafeteria in my flapping gown, flashing innocent people middle-aged booty, and yelling “Wizard answer your phone or you’ll never have cheesecake again!!!”
The nurse had another idea. She texted him. Wizard read that, turned around and rushed back to see what happened. The doctor saw him in the halls, recognized him and explained. Wizard sauntered in, took one look at me and said, “Seriously, Witch? This stuff only happens to you. Only. You.” Then he took my hand and told me it’s okay, that he’s glad the doctor discovered the problem before he started surgery and we’ll come back Thursday.
I was so happy to see him, I forgot to yell at him for not answering his phone I’m not actually mad about that, it’s just Wizard-logic.
And one more quick story. We went to pick Maggie up from boarding and make new arrangements for Thursday. They told me Maggie had a new friend named Teddy. The brought Maggie out, I leashed her and while we were talking, a little furball, I think a Yorkie, launch himself into the air, landed on the admissions desk and slid across it right into Wizard’s arms.
Teddy was trying to follow Maggie. It was adorable. And for a fun twist, Teddy is a rescue and needs a home. It took everything I had to say no. One dog is enough, and obviously, right now we have too much going on to ever think about something like that. But dang, that little guy was pretty cute, and so sweet. It boggles my mind how these wonderful animals end up homeless.
Okay after all that, let me finish by saying I’ll try to do a check in post at some point when I feel up to it. In the meantime, you all have a fun Halloween and stay safe while I’m gone!
Monday, October 29th, 2018
It was another fast weekend! Saturday evening, Wizard and I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary early. We went to Taps Fish House and Brewery, a pretty upscale place. And WOW! the restaurant did not disappoint! We both had lobster dinners, and desert. Wizard had cheesecake and I had an amazingly delicious Flourless Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with salted caramel and pistachio nuts. We had planned to come home and open a bottle of wine CPA Boy and Special K had brought us from Napa (wine country in Northern Ca), but we were too full! This picture of the cake pic on the right is one I snagged off Yelp.
Sunday CPA Boy and Special K brought Baby Slayer out again! It’s a long drive, and I really appreciate it. This picture was one Wizard snapped outside. Baby Slayer is looking down at something on the cement, and he was getting tired from playing nonstop for two hours in the house. He’s crawling all over now, and pulls himself up to standing on anything he can reach. I have videos…so many videos, LOLOL!! I swear he’ll be walking before his bottom two teeth finally come it! Every baby develops on their own timeline (a quote from Baby Slayers pediatrician). Also it’s still hot here in So Cal which is why both Baby Slayer and I are dressed in shorts, and he doesn’t have socks on. I think it was 95 yesterday.
By the way, Baby Slayer’s T-Shirt says, “Grandma’s Tech Support.” Now Special K is demanding her own T-Shirt that says “Father-in-Law’s Tech Support” since she’s been helping Wizard with his phone. Special K deserves a t-shirt!
Today I have an early hair appointment, shopping, laundry and we’re going move the big recliners into the family room. I may not be able to sleep in a bed, so we have the recliners in the family room as a backup option.
And lastly, my surgery is tomorrow (Tues, Oct. 30th) at 7;30 am, and we have to be at the hospital at 5:30. I’ll likely spend the night at the hospital and come home on Halloween. I doubt I’ll be online much. I’ll try to check in and let you guys know I’m ok, but if you don’t hear from me for a while, it’s just because I’m recovering and will update you when I can.
Now how was your weekend?
Friday, October 26th, 2018
TGIF! It’s almost Halloween, and that means the holiday season is almost here. Where did the year go? Well that’s another blog Right now, it’s time to share five things about our week:
- I made enchiladas and froze some of them for Wizard to eat while I’m recovering. He was happy.
- I also made brownies this week. I believe we’ve discussed my lack of self-control.
- Decaf coffee makes me sad. (I switched over slowly to decaf until after the surgery.)
- Maggie heard Coyotes howling the other night, and just had to run outside to check “her lizards” which is to say, she checked the trash cans where she finds the most lizards to chase. I guess she thought the coyotes were going to steal her lizards????
- We had a Movie Fail yesterday. We tried to see First Man before my surgery since Wizard really wanted to see it. When we got in the theater, the screen wasn’t on at all, so I let the management know. The screen came on and 25 minutes later it was still playing commercials. At that point, we got a refund and so did most of the other people in that theater. It’s a small annoyance in life.
So that’s my five things that I can think of right off the top of my head. Now it’s your turn!
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
It’s hump day and time for our Wednesday Worthy candidate! This guy is a rerun, but I think he’s worthy enough for a few repeats
So what do you think, is he repeat worthy?