Saturday, October 20, 2012

"Flexible" timeline

Sorry I haven't blogged for a while. I've been seriously tired, oh yeah, and DRUGGED!!!

After the surgery, they upped my meds quite a bit and then I was a walking zombie. Guess what, I don't like that kind of feeling. I don't understand how people like to feel out of control, loopy, groggy, buzzed, whatever you want to call it!!

Now, the greatest part is that I try to act normal. I try not to fall asleep during my prep periods, but then I get home and instead I fall asleep on the couch with the kids running around the house. I've been ordering dinner so that I don't need to cook. My hubby has been doing the dishes, the laundry, the grocery shopping, the cooking, lunch packing... You get the point, right?!?!

So, this week I decided that I wasn't doing it anymore. I suddenly stopped taking all my meds!! Felt great... For about a day. Then I thought I was gonna DIE!

Apparently, after being on meds for almost 2months you can't just stop taking them. Funny thing is... The nurse practitioner never said it might not be a good thing to just stop... Not even when I told her that I had stopped just the night before. Won't she give me a heads up. Maybe a "you might want to do a taper". Something???

So, I've been feeling better... I've been tapering. At least the meds are settling. The activity is an entirely different story!

Prior to surgery I was told that I would be back to full... That was BS!

I went for my follow up and was informed that for the next 6wks I'm not allowed to twist,bend, or run. That means that after 7wks I MIGHT be able to start twisting, bending, and running... Maybe.

Please say a prayer for my sanity. I'm gonna need it!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

On the road to recovery

Yesterday was the big day!

I finally had the surgery... A partial laminectomy and partial discectomy. Fun stuff!

Now, I'm able to walk around and sleep without total and complete pain. I'm more excited about  the fact that I can move my foot, feel my leg, and not have the pain in my back, butt and thigh.

I was so excited about moving my foot normally, that I showed my husband...want to know what he said... "that's awesome! I'm so excited that you are getting better. All I've heard about for the past 2 months is your pain and lack of movement". So I started feeling bad and then he added "I think if I had to hear it for much longer I'd hang myself... I just needed to find some rope thick enough".

So, now I'm going to listen to the doctor, take my time and heal the way I need to! Btw...he made me pinky swear that I won't spar until after Christmas in kenpo class. Kinda sucks because I cannot wait to kick ass but I love him. I want to make sure that he's comfortable and I want to make sure that I don't have any other setbacks.

I get to walk and not do a whole hell of a lot more than that til my follow up next week. I'm just watching what I eat... Down to 166 now!! That's big since I was 186 when we got back from vacation in the middle of July... Oops!!

I can't wait to get back to running - I've bought my new Noosa Asics running sneakers :) and as soon as I return to kenpo and MMA I'll be going back into the Black Belt Club... Which means I'm working hard each week to improve my skills, knowledge, and forms. I even get to start working with weapons, which at first thought I was concerned about, but the more I think about it, the more excited I'm getting. I think I'm just super excited about working out! Coaching starts in December too... This year is going to rock!!!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Let the countdown begin!!

So 1 week til the surgery.

Most people would be nervous. I'm excited!!

I even scheduled a Pampered Chef party for the Friday after the surgery. Heck, worst case scenario, I end up sitting on the couch with my friends hanging out, eating yummy food and buying amazing products. Yes, I have an addiction to Pampered Chef products! lol

But, that's not the REAL countdown... I was told that in 4-6wks I will be cleared to return to all activity!! Woohoo!! There is one small problem though. I actually bigger issues than my back because I was in denial for so long... now I have Drop Foot.

BTW... this could have been totally not a problem if I had just taken care of it weeks ago when I first noticed I had the issue. I mean I really waited almost 4wks before I was able to see the neurosurgeon. Now I'm scheduled for surgery to get my disc herniation fixed and that will require NO Physical Therapy BUT I will probably have to go to PT for my foot, leg, and glutes.

I know I can do the exercises myself, but I'm not good at motivating myself, as bad as that is. UGH!! I do however want to get back to running and Kenpo and MMA!!! I can't wait... I'm actually giddy :) hehe.

I'm going to be able to start participating in my physical education classes again! I am so excited! It gives me a whole new look at being active.

Yes, I know... I'm a geek!! I'm OK with it though :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Light at the end of the tunnel...

Wow... I finally saw the neurosurgeon today. I was concerned. Actually, I cried in his office because I felt "good" today.

What I mean by that, is I didn't have any pain... even though I purposely didn't take my meds and I had minimal numbness in my lower leg. To be honest, I haven't felt this good since the first week of my injury and I was on the prednisone, valium, tramadol and advil. BUT yesterday, I woke up in SOOOO much pain that I was crying... took a double dose of my valium (which was OKed by the doctor) and sat in the recliner with feet elevated and minimal movement ALL day.

I was so afraid that he would think that I was making this whole thing up and wasting his time. He checked my strength in my lower leg, foot and ankle and noted a significant decrease... something I need to work on. He stated that I definitely have an issue that we have to deal with... and then he offered to show me my MRI results (actually, one of the images).

Holy Crap!!! He told me that he wasn't sure what the radiologist was thinking when it was noted that I had slight herniation. He said that if he had to describe it, it would be Huge or Enormous... yeah! I've been walking around and working, and trying to do all of my normal day to day stuff with an ENORMOUS disc herniation. This was a little shocking... but I was actually relieved to know that I wasn't a "head case".

This is an image of a disc herniation to give you idea of what is going on...

Taken from:
 Mine is more significant, but this shows what is happening.

Well, I walked in to discuss a plan and boy did I get one... I'm scheduled for surgery in 8 days! BUT I will only be out of work for 4 days and then I will be cleared for full go for Kenpo, MMA, lifting, coaching, Athletic Training... anything I want to do within 4-6wks! That's awesome!!!

I am actually extremely more stressed out by missing those 4 days of work than I am about having the surgery. I did my research. I asked around. I know that this surgeon is good. Of course, there are some people who have had bad experiences... there is NEVER a 100% guarantee and the individuals' follow through after a surgery can greatly effect the results.

I figured that I've already explained my procedure to many people and I googled it to put it here... I found an explanation that is very much like what Dr. Marcovici explained to me. I really wish I had my image, but maybe I can figure out how to post it when I get my CD back...

"A discectomy (also called open discectomy) is the surgical removal of herniated disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord. The procedure involves removing the central portion of an intervertebral disc, the nucleus pulposus, which causes pain by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves. The traditional open discectomy, or Love's technique, was published by Ross and Love in 1971. Advances in options have produced effective alternatives to traditional discectomy procedures (i.e. Microdiscectomy, Endoscopic Discectomy, and Laser Discectomy). In conjunction with the traditional discectomy, a laminotomy is often involved to permit access to the intervertebral disc. In this procedure, a small piece of bone (the lamina) is removed from the affected vertebra, allowing the surgeon to better see and access the area of disc herniation"

Now, the way he explained it, they are only removing the portion of the disc that is herniated and leaving the portion that is properly positioned between the vertebrae intact. There is only a 1" incision and he actually said that the surgery I had to remove my gall bladder last summer, was more invasive than this procedure. This really makes me happy since I was off all meds and trying on dresses only 3 days after that surgery :)

If you could say a prayer for me though, I would greatly appreciate it! I can't wait to get back to Kenpo, MMA, running, and actually being able to demo stuff as a Physical Education teacher and coach!! I think that is more exciting to me than Christmas EVER was!!

Wish me luck :)