Just a quick little update on the recovery journey. The pain is getting a bit better each day and I am so grateful for that and the ability to move around a bit more easily each day. I am now able to sit upright for an hour or so at a time and something so simple all of a sudden is appreciated so much. It’s pretty amazing how exhausted I get from doing little to nothing but reading and working on the computer but I know that will improve each week.
I can not even express how lucky I feel for the opportunity to have had this surgery, have my spine stabilized, and to have had such a great surgeon (Dr. Randall Porter) doing the surgery along with his team of other surgeons. I currently have just post surgical pain, a completely different type of pain than I had prior to surgery. And I have regained some feeling in my lower left leg. Simple things that to me feel like miracles.
I am now taking daily injections to dissolve the blood clot in my arm and while it is still noticeable from the vein protruding I do think it is getting better each day. The injections make me really tired and nauseated but I guess the alternative of letting the blood clot go to my heart, is not the most intelligent option. I now know why Trader Joe’s sells gluten free ginger snaps… so that Cristin has a remedy for around the clock nausea.
I am also super stoked to report that I am walking a total of 40-45 minutes a day, broken up in a couple walks, outside and without the walker (or Bentley, as my Dad named it). Walking feels good and is without too much pain, another small miracle. I must say walking in the AZ 70 degree weather is beautiful and upon returning to WI, I am going to have to bundle up and get that cup of hot coffee ready for my morning walks. But I am right at the top of where the surgeon had the goal set for activity, so that keeps me motivated and excited.
I am super excited to watch the Olympics (great timing as I seem to be getting a lot of TV time in), my dreams still lives strong. My surgeon has assured me I will make a complete recover and have almost no limitations on activities once healed. I know with the right attitude, perseverance, determination, and the amazing support I get from others, I will come back not only stronger but with more courage and perspective.
I am so excited to get home to my awesome friends, amazing clients and athletes, the world’s best medical team and a complete new beginning I have been given. Miss you all and sending hugs!