I lost most of the feeling and strength in both of my legs and feet towards the end of September. I finally gave in and started the process to see a neurosurgeon. Of course I first had to have an MRI, consultation with my own doctor and a referral to a neurosurgeon. The surgeons diagnosis was that I could go on the way I was and have permanent nerve damage to my legs eventually becoming a paraplegic or have surgery. It was an easy decision. I was lucky enough to be able to have my surgery in a fairly timely manner despite the bureaucratic procedures you need to go through.
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It's now been a month since my operation. I'm going to physical therapy three times a week and working on my exercises at home. I'm getting about fairly well and am able to do most things for myself. Thank the powers that be for my dear spouse Himself who has been amazing taking care of me. To say I would be lost without him does not come close to the truth!
I am pleased that both my surgeon and my physical therapist have told me that the fact that I Belly Dance has probably cut my recovery time in half! Even with my "being fit" advantage it is taking me a lot longer to recover than it ever has before. I'm afraid that the evil agent known as "age" has something to do with it.
I am spending most of my time walking around the house, doing my exercises, resting and trying to not be discouraged...then resting some more. I miss playing with my mini minions Rupert and Boomer, I miss snuggling in bed with Himself, and I miss dancing with my Belly Dance sisters. I'm finding that my recovery has become a long slow lesson in patience and gratitude. I am so thankful for all the people who have and are helping me recover. I am thankful for this enforced time of rest and stillness which has given me an opportunity to think and meditate. I am grateful for a new opportunity to live without pain and disability.
Le Petite Crone says: I am so very happy to have this opportunity!