I announced to my boyfriend that I had a new set of restrictions, or rather, a rewinding or revoking of privileges. After rattling off the list, he looked at me warily and said “Well, this just sounds like a conspiracy.”
“Interesting,” I thought, “my left big toe feels a little tingly. Hmmmm. Well, it’s cold outside, maybe I’m just cold? Yeah, I’m just cold…”
I wanted to know what I could do to lower the load on my spine going forward. The surgeon looked straight at me and said “Lose weight. Make your stomach smaller. Work on your core strength.” I nodded in agreement.
I’m exactly two months out from spinal fusion, and already I can ride more than I could before surgery. Check out the post for details on my progress!
When you can’t do much actual riding, you have too much time on your hands to sit around and dream about new bikes, pore over their specs, scrutinize geometries, and conjure up visions of your glorious return to riding outdoors. Trust me.
I’m 5 weeks post spinal fusion – it’s been a bumpy road but in general my trajectory is up!
I’ve been in my head a lot lately during my recovery process, and one of the things that struck me hard today was that often, how I feel about a situation is decided by my vantage point, not the actual facts about the situation.
A write-up of how I prepared for spinal fusion surgery
I had an intuitive friend basically call my bluff the other day. She asked via email, “Your [Facebook] posts sound pretty positive – are you actually miserable, or are you doing ok?” The short answer is both …
“Competitive Recovery” should be a sport! I’m ready and raring to go when it comes to beating my surgeon’s estimates for when I’ll be back to certain activities, and he can tell. He’s making the fusion extra secure to account for the beating I’ll give it!!