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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today’s injury report is brought to you by, well, me. Because unfortunately, I’m on it. The Short Version: I’ve injured my back. I can’t run. And I don’t know when I’ll be able to start running again. The Medical Version: After months of ignoring lower back & hip pain and numbness in my right foot, I […]