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 21, 2006

Walking Baby!

May 20, 2006

I'm in the hotel having left the hospital on Saturday and feeling good. The first two days in the hospital were pure hell, but once I got out of bed it was all worth it. I can walk, without my cane! :0) If I had to do it 10 times over, I'd do it again for that moment. The ABC camera crew returned on day 3 and took footage of me walking. I look homeless in my mismatched clothes, but I don't care. I can walk! My parents had not really seen how well I was moving yet, so they were thrilled by my demonstration. I noticed my Dad’s watery eyes later on that day as he kissed me goodnight.

It’s four days post-op now, and I have decided that I am like a baby. I sleep, eat, play with my family, and show off my new tricks, then get fussy and take a nap. I need help dressing, getting in and out of bed, and my friends fight over who gets to take me for a walk. The only thing that hurts the baby analogy is that I look like I’m about 5 months pregnant. My stomach is so swollen that I’m huge! I keep rubbing my belly and talking about my baby. This upsets my Mother. She doesn’t think it's funny, which is why I keep doing it.

I have a lot of incision pain and general back pain, but Dr. Bitan isn't worried. They stretched me during surgery because my disc space was so small. I'm now nearly an inch taller. This has made my muscles spasm a lot, but is worth it when I see the reaction on my now shorter sister's face. Bridezilla thinks the maid of honor should be shorter than the bride.


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