May 20, 2011

Four weeks since surgery and I’m doing so much better. I don’t have to use a walker anymore, but I do use a pair of trekking poles if I’m walking around outside. I live in the country, and the ground is rather uneven. If I should fall I’d probably mess everything up, and I sure don’t want to go through this again. Ever!

I can stay up most of the day now, but I do get tired easily and have to lie down sometimes. The back pain from the surgery is pretty much under control, although I still have to use pain medication sometimes. The nerve pain is now gone about 75% of the time, and if it does hurt it’s just annoying rather than consuming. I can even roll over in bed by myself if I take it slow.

I can’t drive yet, but I’ve accompanied my wife to the grocery store and we’ve been able to get out and do a little visiting. We’re even going over to some friends for supper tomorrow evening.

It’s been a long, slow, painful recovery but I’m glad I did it. I’d do it again, too. The surgery has had other benefits as well. For example, my posture in much improved. I used to walk kind of stooped over due to back problems, but now I can walk, sit and stand straight up. I’ve even regained some of my former height. I’m only ¼” shorter than I was 40 years ago!

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