Sunday, May 25, 2008

She’s Baaaack!

She’s Baaaack! Just when you thought it was safe!

Hello to OOTJ faithful and all my co-bloggers. It’s been about 3 months since I stopped posting here, and I plan to start popping in again from time to time.

I had surgery in February to remove the damaged disks between 3 levels of vertebrae in my neck. The surgeon went on to insert spacers to re-open the space between the bones, and offer a matrix for bone to grow in. He attached a plate to hold all the bones in place, and sent me home.

I am beginning to have more energy than I’ve had for many years. I still have to wait for the bones to fuse, and have some discomfort if I don’t watch my posture or sleep crooked. I have been told I am very lucky to have had a really good outcome with this surgery. I am home, still and going through physical therapy to build up my strength. I am very grateful to Suffolk, where I work, and to all my co-workers and family for being very supportive. I am also grateful to all my friends in law librarianship who have been supportive both as I felt worse and worse over the years, but also while I took time out to get my problem fixed and to heal. I am so fortunate in so many ways!

8 comments:

Ms. OPL said...

I understand your pain. I had a spinal fusion and laminectomy (my second) in February. I can now do more than I've been able to do for 2 years. The recovery was really easy--at least compared to the fusion I had in 1973. Hope yours goes as well as mine.

Judy

Jim Milles said...

Welcome back! Don't worry, we won't expect you to do any heavy lifting around here for a while.

Betsy McKenzie said...

Thanks!

Meg Kribble said...

Yowch! That sounds like quite a procedure, but it's great to hear that it was successful. Welcome back!

Lee said...

Betsy,

Welcome back! It's great that you are back with the OOTJ gang; you've been missed!

Grace Mills said...

Welcome back!I'm glad to hear that your surgery was successful. I'm looking forward to reading your posts.

Marie S. Newman said...

So glad to know you are doing so well, Betsy. I know this was an ordeal for you and your family, but it sounds as if the worst is over. Welcome back!

Terry said...

Betsy, I'm not sure I needed to know that. (Maybe I shouldn't read blogs over breakfast!) But I'm thrilled everything went so well.