I am doing well in my slow recovery to neck surgery. I’ve been thinking about the last few years and how my neck, arms, hands, and back had increasingly brought great pain and limited my capabilities. The experts found the problem in my poor neck. Back decades ago I was driving on the Interstate in the middle lane in the 3 county area around Detroit. Suddenly in my peripheral vision I see a police car sailing in the air toward me. I slammed on the brakes and within seconds I was hit. Because I slammed on the brakes the police car did not hit the driver’s door to kill or maim me. It hit the side of the front where the engine was. That wreck totaled a year old car and ultimately my neck. Whiplash damaged my neck and caused problems ever since. Now it seems 3 discs were pressing on my nerves and causing pain and loss of function in my hands and arms. If I didn’t choose to have surgery, I was assured it would get worse and I could possibly lose total function in my hands! I wasn’t accepting that fate without a fight.
So I had what is known as a ACDF – Anterior Cervical Discectomy Fusion. I wear my neck brace to protect and support my spine. The surgeon saw me last Tuesday and took an x-ray. It looks good and he is amazed I am doing so well. I see my surgeon again on the 6th of June and will have another X-ray. The plan is to discontinue the neck brace if it looks good. To make it softer against my chin, daily I place a clean bandana scarf over the foam at the front. I use paint tape on the outside to keep it in place. I handwash the dirty scarf in warm soapy water, rinse, and hang to drip dry.
I also wear a bone growth stimulator 4 hours a day for 6 months. That is another device that circles my neck and rests on my shoulders and chest over my neck brace. It makes me hurt due to weight on my arthritic bones, but I am experimenting with padding it to lessen pain. My fuzzy winter robe helps to provide cushioning. I am determined to do what is good for me despite the way it makes me feel. Right now I have plans to celebrate no more neck brace with a dinner out with a friend on June 6th. In 6 months I will celebrate again the end of the bone growth stimulator.
I must say I am grateful for knowledgeable doctors, a good surgeon, and a decrease in daily pain. Yes surgery caused pain but when I woke up after the operation, my right arm was no longer killing me with pain. Huge difference. My pain has mostly been the back of the neck were the discs were fused and the front of the neck where the incision was. The front of the neck has mostly healed and it no longer hurts. The back of neck pain is usually manageable. Most of the pain I feel daily is from the 4 hours of the stimulator on my arthritic bones and my nerves adjusting to no pressure. I feel blessed that the operation already made a difference. I am reminded of the 23rd Psalm that expresses how I feel. …my cup overflows (or runneth over) with blessings. I made a new inspirational printable and hope my printable rings a truth for others.
My cup overflows with Your blessings.
My Cup Overflows 10″ x 8″
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