Back Surgery

I found this draft from last August 23rd so I’ll still post it here in case you haven’t been following our instagram: “So much has happened since our last post! We have been really bad about keeping people updated so I’m going to try and get you all caught up at once! I had a back surgery on July 25th to correct a spinal deformity called kyphosis in my upper back and scoliosis in my lower back. I had the surgery done at the spine center at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. The surgery took 13 hours and they put 28 screws attachted to two metal rods in my spine. I spent two days in intensive care and then a week in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain but everything went well. Since then we’ve been staying at my parents house while I recover. I can walk with a walker but I can’t bend or twist; which has been frustrating and hard. My pain has gone down a lot and I have reduced my pain medications drastically since the hospital. With less pain medications I feel a lot more like myself. Normally I’m always doing something, so sometimes I feel like I’m going crazy just laying in bed! My fiends and family have been so awesome through this whole crazy experience. I am so thankful and we both feel so loved by everyone’s support. When we were praying about whether or not to have the surgery done we got a word that the decision would be marked with peace and it has been.”

Today, it’s 10 months post-op and I am back to all my normal activities. I don’t have the flexibility that I used to have before the surgery in my legs, but through physical therapy and excersize that should come back. We took a trip to Colorado a few weeks ago and that was the first time flying since the surgery and it went great! Sitting on the plane was painless, but before the surgery sitting for a long time was always uncomfortable and painful. We are both so glad that I decided to get this surgery and so thankful to everyone who helped in the recovery. We ended up staying at my parents for two months and during that time my family took such amazing care of me we are so thankful.


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