ADR Recovery

This blog chronicles my recovery from a new type of major back surgery, Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR). I injured my back at L5/S1 when I was 9 and have always struggled with back pain, but was unable to walk after a minor car accident in ‘05. Research became my second job and with the support of my family and friends, I decided go under the knife. My intention is to keep my friends updated while I recover and help others who are suffering with back pain understand the recovery process.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

10 Days Post-Op

10 Days Post of and I still haven't been able to wash off the Sharpe marks of my mid-line made during surgery. As you can see, I'm still pretty swollen, but overall I've lost 6 pounds since I had surgery. The two small scars on the right and left are from my emergency surgery in April, along with my funny looking belly button which appears to be not centered.... I know I shouldn't care about how the scars look, because I can walk now... But it's hard to look at. When I first took off the bandage a few days ago I started crying. Jeff and my Mom kept telling me that it didn't matter; no one would ever see it.... But I see it and it reminds me of all that's happened. Some people get tattoos', I have major surgery. At least it's only on my stomach. My back, the source of so much pain is beautiful and scar free.