04-23-2013, 01:33 PM
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Well, y'all, the surgery was on April 15th. I spent 2 days in ICU due to a little bit of high blood pressure. OMG their ICU sucked. I do not do well with anesthetics or pain killers. They make me nauseous to say the least.
Anyway, Dr. Murphy said the compression was more severe than showed on the MRI's and he did a partial on T9 and full laminectomy on T 10 and T11 so I have about a 5" zipper in the back. I could lift my right foot up more than 12" off the ground which was a miracle because I couldn't lift it more than a few inches before. To get in my RAV4, I had to lean back, sling or pick my leg up into the floorboard and then get in the car. Ugh.
I can walk much better - still wobbly but not near as much. I am sure in time it will get better. My feet and legs are still numb but that will take a while for the nerves to regenerate.
I am hoping to ride in 3 months - it may be longer but we will see. I go back to the doctor on May 6th to have the staples out.
Eric - how are you doing? Let us hear from you. Hope your surgery went well.
I am going to sell my endurance saddle and get a deep pocket saddle so that if my balance is even a little off I don't have to worry about coming out of my seat! I want to get back to riding and playing with my Biscuit Man!