What is life like one year after a spinal fusion? If I could go back to the day of my surgery, here’s what I’d want to know before they rolled me off into the Operating Room.
My doctor cleared me to run again. So how come I’m not running? Update on my spinal fusion recovery, physical therapy, and more.
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The first 6 months of recovering from my spinal fusion were pretty smooth sailing. Sure, it might not have felt that way at the time, and it definitely wasn’t pretty. But looking back I can see that I was progressively improving. I was regaining mobility, flexibility, and strength. My energy was returning. I was stretching […]
People say that recovering from a spinal fusion takes a “long” time. But what does that even mean? Spinal Fusion Recovery (the Surgeon’s Version) I went into surgery knowing basically nothing about what my recovery would be like. I knew that the first two weeks would be “hard,” but I had no idea what that […]
This post contains affiliate links. The TENS therapy unit discussed in this post was given to me for free in 2014. No Pain, No Gain? Way back in 2014, a company called Omron contacted me and asked if I would review their TENS unit. At the time, I’d never even heard of TENS. I learned […]
Today’s post was written by Monica Nichols and is about foods that can speed up your metabolism. Monica writes about nutrition, fitness, and healthy living at www.diet.st. As of this writing, there are more than 1.6 billion overweight people in the world, according to statistics gathered by the non-profit organization, Worldometers. And by the time this article […]
7 & 8 Months Post-Op I guess you could say that months 7 & 8 of recovering from my spinal fusion came in like the proverbial lion and out like a lamb. I can remember the exact moment when something didn’t feel quite right. It was a Friday in early December. We’d picked the girls up […]
Did I ever tell you about the time I covered myself with powdered seaweed & olive oil, wrapped myself in Saran wrap, and spent 30 minutes lying on my bathroom floor coated in fishy-smelling muck? No? Yeah, I didn’t think so. It’s not exactly one of my finer moments. But it did happen, and here’s why: […]
I’ve been feeling a little down about my back lately. Before I start getting worried phone calls from my family – I’m fine. My recovery from surgery is going fine. I’m taking care of the girls – driving them to & from school, extracurriculars, and what seems like a zillion doctor’s appointments. I’m taking care […]
This post contains affiliate links. One of my biggest struggles as an athlete (and as a human being in general) is nutrition. I often don’t eat enough, and when I do eat, my choices tend to leave much to be desired. This is something I’ve always battled, but it became especially significant in 2013 when […]
In honor of Thanksgiving, I thought I’d re-share one of my all-time favorite recipes. I shared this recipe for Pumpkin Bread here a couple of years ago, and people seemed to like it – so if you missed it, here it is again. Pumpkin Bread Recipe Adapted from Pumpkin Pie Bread by Tanja Miller. Original recipe […]
I get messages pretty regularly from my fellow spondylolisthesis sufferers. Sometimes they’re considering having a spinal fusion, or they’re preparing for surgery, or they’re in the throes of early post-op recovery. I love getting these messages – first, because I sent quite a few of them myself, both before and after surgery, and the responses I got […]
For whatever we lose(like a you or a me) it’s always ourselves we find in the sea – E.E. Cummings Not running sucks. But if one good thing has come out of this whole mess with my back, it’s that I’ve discovered one of my new favorite things – walking on the beach. That might […]
In Part 1 of my Q+A, I talked about how I came to learn that I had spondylolisthesis. If you’re reading this because you’ve recently found out the same…I’m sorry. There’s no point in sugar-coating it – spondylolisthesis sucks. Then again, if you’re reading this, you probably know that already. Here’s the good news: the […]
This post contains affiliate links. Hey friends! Meet my husband, Victor. He wrote this guest post for you, and he’s got more on the way. He’s quite a brainiac, so get ready to learn some cool stuff. – Sharon If you use protein supplements in your smoothies, cooking, or as a healthy snack, then you can […]
Thank you to Osteo Bi-Flex® for sponsoring today’s conversation and giveaway. This post contains affiliate links. It’s marathon training season for a lot of us – which means that it’s more important than ever to take care of our joints. Makes sense – but how? How do we keep our joints healthy while participating in high-impact and/or […]