Where I've been, where I'm at, and where I'm going:
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Yeah..... so November was my last blog entry. It honestly feels a lot longer than that. So what happened? Where did I go? Well..... it's been an adventure, that's for sure....
In November I posted about my Neurosurgery appointment and the issues I had with my health. Through December, those issues got worse. By the end of the year I was almost totally unable to do anything. I worked through December 31st, but that was about all I could muster. I would come home and pay for the days work. I had lost the feeling in both hands, the circulation in my legs was horrible, and I was experiencing periods of time where, my legs would just fail. I would become temporarily unable to walk. It was terrifying. There was a lot of pain associated with it as well. It was a living hell. I spent most of the Holiday and New Years doing next to nothing. I lived those last few weeks knowing my Surgery was coming and just trying to survive till it got here.
January 5th I traveled to Pittsburgh and met with my Surgeons they completed my surgical workup and everything was cleared.
January 6th, I underwent major reconstructive surgery on my spine, skull, and neck. A surgery that was supposed to take about 5 hours ended up taking almost 14 because of complications with my bone structure. I woke up from the procedure about 32 hours later. due to the length of the surgery and they had to leave me under and intubated to keep me from moving and messing up my new hardware. Overall, they removed my Posterior C1 and fused my spine from the base of my neck to my C-4 vertebrae. I honestly don't remember much of the next 3 or 4 days, but they released me home Saturday the 9th.
So as of today's blog; I'm about 2 weeks post surgery. I have about 7% mobility in my neck (up from 0 two weeks ago.)The pain from recovery is immense and really debilitating, but it is improving every day. I have a 10lb weight restriction, can not do any working out, or honestly much of anything. I'm also sitting at around 270lbs (all the emotional eating and not being able to do anything prior to surgery). I have set a goal to hit at least 4000 steps a day right now. Which is up from 2000. I'll bump it up 1000 when 4000 is easy to hit again. I can't walk outside because of the snow/ice factor and risk of slip and fall. But I have been using my step block for some additional cardio work a few times a day. I'm impatient as heck because I want to get back to normal life.... but here we are.... I don't feel like I'm starting from ground zero this time.... I feel like i'm starting at ground -5. But I will be patient and I will listen to the doctors. . . I know I don't want to mess this up and have to have the surgery redone.
So here we go..... Day 1.