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Expected recovery process

Thank you to everyone who expressed their kind words of love and support for our family following Tuesday’s post. We are still waiting on a surgery date for Kayla, but meet with her doctor on Monday and hope to know more after that visit.

I had my preoperative work-up appointment on Wednesday and learned more about my surgery and recovery time. The surgery will involve a fusion of my C6-C7 part of my spine using a plate and four screws. I will have to be under general anesthesia. The procedure itself will take about 90 minutes. If all goes well, I’ll spend one night in the hospital for observation and then should be able to go home the next day.

I’ll have to be in a soft collar for two weeks and won’t be able to drive or do any lifting over 5 pounds. I’ll have to be extremely careful when I’m up and moving around because I won’t be able to look down to see where I’m going.

Because the surgeon will be going through the front of my neck to do the fusion, and because I’ll be intubated for anesthesia, my throat will be sore for a while. So I’ll have to eat soft foods until that improves.

I’ll need someone to be with me for about a week following surgery, so between David and the girls, I’m covered.

By the end of 6-8 weeks, I’ll be able to start physical therapy and can build up to working out again.

Because I get really anxious if I don’t feel like I have some sense of control and organization, I already have a menu planned out and a grocery list made so that David and I are covered for meals during the week of my surgery. I’ll make a batch of brown rice and some curry (mild); I think that will be soft enough for me to eat. I also plan on eating oatmeal, yogurt, bananas, smoothies, eggs, and applesauce. And of course – ice cream! It’s hard to say what my appetite will be like, since I’m sure I’ll be really tired, and I’ll be on narcotic pain medication. I also need to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, which for me is already a daily habit, so hopefully that won’t be an issue.

I’m going to the library later today to check out some books so that I have plenty to read during my recovery time.

I’m learning how to knit so that will give me something else to do besides watch TV. Movies and Netflix will also be a given during my recovery time, but honestly, there’s only so much TV that a person can watch without losing their minds, so knitting will be a good way to pass the time.

I’ve done everything in my power to prepare. I just have to have faith in my surgeon and care team, and as much as I hate asking for help, I need to savor the care and companionship I’ll be getting from my family and friends. Before I know it, I’ll be at the end of recovery and can go back to my normal, active life.

I’ll post again before my surgery if I get any news about Kayla’s surgery; otherwise, see ya on the other side of surgery!

May your glass always be full,

Tammy

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