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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I wake up every morning with a long list of good intentions. First, coffee. A little yoga and my PT exercises to get me going. A photo posted by Sharon 💕 run | yoga | joy (@mommyrunsit) on Jun 26, 2016 at 7:37pm PDT Breakfast for me and the kids, then off to the pool, […]
Ever since my diagnosis of spondylolisthesis (and especially since my surgery), I’ve had to field lots & lots of questions. It’s not every day you meet someone with a broken back (literally) and a spine that’s been screwed back together, right? I can’t blame people for being curious. I figured the easiest way to answer all […]
Well, heyyy there! I know I promised to share regular updates about my post-surgery experience. I wasn’t sure how much I’d be able to do after surgery, but I figured I’d be alert enough to type out a few sentences and hit publish every day or two. And I WAS alert enough for that. What I […]
Four days until surgery. Whoa. For months I’ve been wishing it would hurry up and get here. Now that it’s almost here – not so much. I’m not second guessing or backing out or anything. I’m just starting to get seriously anxious. And I’m the type of person who gets anxious crossing the street, so the next 72 […]
May is the month when it’s all going down. Back surgery. The last day of school. (Both on the same day, I might add.) Doctor & dentist appointments. School meetings. End of the year celebrations. Gift buying. Camp registering. Plan making. It would be a lot to deal with during an ordinary month. But with […]
A Surgery Journal While preparing for my back surgery, I’ve been connecting with other people who’ve had the same (or similar) procedure. I’ve connected with several great people on Instagram, and I’ve even found some journal-style blogs where people wrote daily updates about their post-surgery recovery. This has been tremendously helpful to me, both in deciding […]