Warm Thoughts for Joe AKA Mad Hatter

Mad Hatter

Chestbeating Pack Leader
I'm still slowly getting better. Kinda overdid my walking a few days ago and wound up with a little more inflamation in the psiatic nerve. Getting up and down isn't too difficult as long as my knees are at > 90 degrees. Last night I decided to lie in the floor and then after twenty minutes of wishing I hadn't done it I finally managed to drag myself out the front door where I could grab the handrail and get up on my feet again. Ahhhhh, just like the old days when I blew that disc out :tu Seriously though even immediately after the surgery when I spoke to the doc I could tell a huge difference emotionally, like that thing that has been grinding on my nerves and demanding constant attention for so long was somehow not an issue.

Thats the report for today. I plan to Ebay a few more pipes that I can't smoke right now before the day is done and do a little reading. All is looking up.
 

gvarsity

mr. mom
Sending as much good karma your way as I can. I hope you recover quickly and get some relief. I have three bulging discs and they are painfull I can only imagine the pain you suffer. Good luck.
 

Mad Hatter

Chestbeating Pack Leader
Now I'm reminded how bad I used to feel and how long a road this has been, The first few days post-op were about how I felt the first two years after I initially blew a disc in '01. I did have a few months down time after that period in which my intent was to exercise my way back to health. That took about four months after which I went back to work for three months before winding up right back in the same situation. Then I made my decision to try self-employment over the other option of disability. So now I can say that I have practice at this recovery thing so I know some of the traps not to get caught in.


Just an update from yesterday:

Doing even better today. Managed to get out of bed with no serious bolts of pain shooting through me. Took 20 minutes to get my shoes and socks on and about an hour and a half total to get loosened up for my first walk of the day. Speaking of walks, my longest today was 8 blocks and I didn't push as hard as I could have........... learned I shouldn't push my limits! Had some good food, quoted a couple of jobs and even met with the 2pm coffee crowd for a few minutes. Its going good, but boy are my two dogs gonna get an attitude adjustment as soon as the doc says I can bend over again!

Definitely getting better faster than expected.

Joe
 

DonnieW

Rookie S.O.B.
I'm still slowly getting better. Kinda overdid my walking a few days ago and wound up with a little more inflamation in the psiatic nerve. Getting up and down isn't too difficult as long as my knees are at > 90 degrees. Last night I decided to lie in the floor and then after twenty minutes of wishing I hadn't done it I finally managed to drag myself out the front door where I could grab the handrail and get up on my feet again. Ahhhhh, just like the old days when I blew that disc out :tu Seriously though even immediately after the surgery when I spoke to the doc I could tell a huge difference emotionally, like that thing that has been grinding on my nerves and demanding constant attention for so long was somehow not an issue.

Thats the report for today. I plan to Ebay a few more pipes that I can't smoke right now before the day is done and do a little reading. All is looking up.

Dude you need to take it easy, seriously!! Play it super safe and take as much time as needed. I too had back surgery, last November. I had serious issues that paralyzed my leg and completely numbed my groin (yeah - it sucks). I thank God I was able to get into emergency surgery (after a week). I've never felt such pain, and like you said, its night and day after the operation. But you really need to rest and let things mend. I took a solid two weeks to not even move. I further spent about 2 months totally slacking, being very cautious - even over cautious. The nerve sensation will last for awhile, no worries about that. I can now say that I am like a new man. They cleaned up the bone around the nerve and trimmed the disc, etc. But you don't get too many kicks at the can, so take it easy. Glad to hear you're doing good, and I know from experience you'll be glad you went under the knife. A good back program should be your key to prevention, once you'e ready that is.
 

Mad Hatter

Chestbeating Pack Leader
Dude you need to take it easy, seriously!! Play it super safe and take as much time as needed. I too had back surgery, last November. I had serious issues that paralyzed my leg and completely numbed my groin (yeah - it sucks). I thank God I was able to get into emergency surgery (after a week). I've never felt such pain, and like you said, its night and day after the operation. But you really need to rest and let things mend. I took a solid two weeks to not even move. I further spent about 2 months totally slacking, being very cautious - even over cautious. The nerve sensation will last for awhile, no worries about that. I can now say that I am like a new man. They cleaned up the bone around the nerve and trimmed the disc, etc. But you don't get too many kicks at the can, so take it easy. Glad to hear you're doing good, and I know from experience you'll be glad you went under the knife. A good back program should be your key to prevention, once you'e ready that is.
Thanks for the concern and be assured I'm not getting all gung-ho, just following my surgeon's orders. He has a very high success rate and he is adamant that I walk daily, from day one. No bending, stooping, twisting, squatting, lifting over ten pounds, but walk as often as possible without an increase in pain.

And thanks for the heads up on the nerve pain because I do still have a lot of that, especially first thing in the morning.
 

Mad Hatter

Chestbeating Pack Leader
Thanks again all you guys for the warm wishes. Recovery is going very well with the new bone growth coming in at a rate much better than normal. I hate to be a warm thoughts whore but I just got the word yesterday that I'll need heart surgery in the coming months. Right now I'm just waiting to have a cathetor (sp?) done Monday to see which procedure is needed, hopefully NOT open heart. Thanks again all!
 

tzaddi

jardinero de la selva
Hey Joe, you're going to be all fixed up after this next health adventure. I still have you on the big list of blessings, thoughts & prayers. Yep, your going to be OK. :tu
 

walleyedad1

Young Ape
Hey Joe, May the Master Surgeon, guide your DR's every move (all will be good) I can relate to what your going through I've had Five different surgery's on my spine. get well balloons for you


:bl GET WELL SOON JOE
 
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