36 months after surgery…

Some of you have told me that you appreciate the updates that I post related to my recovery. I haven’t posted one in a long time, but I thought since today is the anniversary of my surgery, it might be a good time for another one. Things are improving at a very slow pace, so I won’t update you again until next year, unless there is some significant change. Thank you to all of you who continue to offer encouragement. _______________________________________________

Today it has been exactly 36 months (3 years) since the 8+ hour surgery that removed a 3 cm (about the size of a strawberry) tumor from my spinal cord, so I thought I would give you an update.

Overall, my recovery is going very well. For one month following the surgery, I was not able to walk without the help of a walker, now I am doing a two mile run/walk interval workout at least three times a week. I am off all of the pain medication I was taking after the surgery, although I am still taking a muscle relaxer every night in an attempt to deal with spasticity that persists. I am not in pain when lying down, so I am able to sleep. However, I am in varying levels of pain throughout the day. Most of the time it is an uncomfortable, annoying pain, but there are positions and activities that really cause it to amp up. Unfortunately, some of the activities that cause an increase in pain are also activities I really enjoy (i.e. playing the piano or working in my garden), so I have to ration those activities to make sure I don’t overdo it.

I was scheduled to see my doc for a follow-up, but that has been postponed until the New Year. We are trying to make arrangements for a Teledoc appointment, so I don’t have to travel. He will review my MRIs and X-Rays to make sure there isn’t any recurrence or other problems. Things could definitely be worse, but I am hoping they can also still get better. I hope by this time next year I will be able to report that the spasticity is under control, pain is minimal, and I am back to being able to do all the things I was doing prior to the surgery.

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