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.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The big 2-0!

I've hit the big 2-0!!! Which means the disc is now starting to grow into the bone in my back. At six weeks the device will be permanent... Which will be a huge relief. Knowing that I have an unstable piece of metal in my back is a bit un-nerving.

I'm feeling good and trying to walk at least 2 miles a day. I've even been able to reduce my Med's... Which is really good b/c narcotics scare me.
Jeff sent me a dozen roses to mark the occasion!

Overall these past few weeks have been okay, I have good and bad days. Not being able to bend is very frustrating.... I'm counting down the days until my 6 week post op.

On a bright note I was able to go to a movie today... "The break-up" which wasn't as funny as the previews showed... It was actually a bit depressing. Jennifer Aniston played "Rachel" again.... Somehow I'm not surprised! Did I mention that I got within 10 feet of her when I was on GMA? There was a strict "do not approach or take pictures of Ms. Aniston" rule so I didn't get to say hello, but she does look great in person.