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.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Dog Days

I was complaining to Jeff that no one could take me for my daily walk; that I was stuck inside all day bored wondering around the house when he started cracking up... He said I sound like a lonely dog waiting for attention and it's owners to have "play time". I guess that's better than being a baby. I think I've officially graduated from Baby status to Doggie status.

Now I can get out of bed by myself, take normal showers and I've learned how to put on my pants without help! (You have to lean against a wall to keep your back straight and go one foot at a time) I can't tell you how fun it is having your Mom put on your pants.... lol.... one day I dropped them too far when using a public restroom and had to have my Mom come into the bathroom and help me... my pride points dropped to an all time low that day.

I'm learning new way to do everything, I'm actually quite good at picking up random stuff with my feet and though it disgusts my sister, Bridezilla, it works. I have a grabber, aptly named "the golden retriever" for it's fashionable gold color, but it's always at the other end of the house when I need it. I also wear a hoddie sweatshirt with a pocket most of the day so I can carry my phone with me around the house and don't have to change positions when it rings. I love contact from the outside world so I never want to miss a call! (aka if you haven't called me in a few days you should call me!)

I'm started to get "island fever" and this puppy is losing interest in everything.... I just want to get out. I've read about 7 books, watched every episode of Law & Order SVU, a ton of bad movies and surfed the entire web, but nothing is really interesting... I just want to escape the pound!!!! My keeper (Mom) has promised to take me to a movie tomorrow... I think she saw how down I was today; she came home with a scrapbook project for me.

Jeff and Bridezilla are flying up on Thursday so I'll have some new people to entertain me and my poor mother will get a much needed break..... If you have any suggestions for things to do please let me know....


At 5:14 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Saturday that I'm down there, the U.S. is playing Italy in the World Cup. You could accompany your sweet wonderful boyfriend to a bar with an HD TV and watch with him. That could be something that will keep you entertained!! And we all know how happy you get by making others happy!! =0)

At 9:52 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tricia! I will hang out with you whenever you want :-)

And if you are really bored, you can help me study......although, I don't think ANYONE is that bored.

<3 Lauren

At 10:18 PM EDT, Blogger Tricia said...

Thanks babe, I think I need to start studying again too.... :-( I can't wait until you get here!!!!

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