Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What's happening in my world....

I had spinal surgery on June 27 (cervical fusion C4-C6). They went in through the front of my neck and I was put on a breathing tube for the 2 hour procedure. I had a titanium plate put in with 6 screws and 2 spacers. This is my second spinal surgery in two years and it was by far the worse of the two! The first week was very hard. The day after I came home from the hospital my incision got infected. I was put on an antibiotic and 2 days into that I had every side effect possible (hard to breath, headache, nausea, and a few others I'll keep to myself). I was quickly taken off that antibiotic and felt better within a day. Here are pictures of just after surgery and 2 days later when my incision got infected:
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Here are my 2 best friends. The first is my neck brace and I wear it in the car (which I've only been in twice!) and every night when my kids are around. My son gave me a good elbow jab in the neck the first week and I learned early on to wear my brace when he's around! ;) I also wear it when I try to help around the house (ie. folding laundry, picking up rattles and toys, etc.). The second picture is my bone growth stimulator. It looks like a steering wheel with a cord and remote. Everyday for 8 weeks I have to prop myself up against this bad boy (on the back of my neck) and turn it on for 30 minutes. It doesn't feel like anything when it's on, but after I'm done using it, I feel like I've just worked out and need a nap! lol Seriously!
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At this point it's been 3 weeks since the surgery. I am feeling better and healing more every day. The recovery time is between 6-8 weeks, but I'm only getting help for 5 weeks because I want my family life back to normal already!!

I was going to wear scarves every post for the next 6 months and hide my scar from everyone including myself, but FUCK IT! ;) This is a part of me and I'm making scars the new black! lol
Just thought I should warn people because I can't put cover up on it (no way chancing getting infected again) and it will for sure be showing in my new outfit posts!

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I hope everyone is enjoying all the guest posts and giveaways, I will be back up and running in no time! And thank you all again for all the positive comments and sweet remarks and FB and Twitter! My readers are the best! xo
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