5 Months today!
Just a quick update for December. I’m doing well and find that the more stretches and activity I do, the less sore/tight my lower back is. Again, any pain or discomfort that I do feel, is nothing like the pain pre-op. I’d say right now I’m feeling about 85%. I’m still being very careful not to push myself too hard and can’t wait until I’m cleared for some real sports.
According to the physical, I’ve gained both a few pounds and an inch! The pounds make sense with my lowered activity levels, but the 2cm was a neat surprise! I’m now 172lbs and officially 6’1″.
The core work and walking are boring, but still needed. Shovelling the walk hasn’t been too much of a challenge either, thank god! We’ve had a good amount of snow already up here.
Anyway, good luck to all of you who are looking for back answers and Merry Christmas! 🙂
*One more thing – I’ve slipped on the ice a couple of times already this winter… nothing major, just normal slips, no falls. Last year, I would have had some serious pain in my back and some numbness in my legs/feet afterwards, but nothing of the sort this winter*
**Almost forgot. 2 more things to report – I’m still getting some weird bruisey feelings in my tailbone if I sit for too long and my blood pressure was abnormally high during the physical. When I left the Dr. Boeree’s care 5 months ago, I was sitting around 119/70 and my physical this week was 145/85… I had just taken my vitamins and had 2 coffees… but it scared me a little. I’ve ceased my vitamin/gluco supps for a couple of weeks and will go back to get re-checked**
There is an excellent discussion on ADR Support about stem cells. I still wish I could have held out for something like this. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with my results so far (fingers crossed), but nothing beats your own tissue!