Emergency Spinal Surgery and Post-op recovery

So,  my life took a dramatic turn recently. An MRI scan investigating my chronic back pain picked up a dangerously displaced disc pressing on some vital nerves…

Emergency spinal surgery and post-op recovery

Clockwise top left: After anesthetic/  hand sewn scar tissue/ sexy compression stockings/ Fragile but feeling human !

I wish you could see my MRI images, black and white x-rays showing horizontal and vertical cross-sections of my spine. Every single medical professional that laid eyes on them reacted the same way. Basically with a “Uh-oh. That’s got to go”. I suddenly felt justified for needing all those pain killers, and relieved that the docs were in agreement about what procedure would fix it. But terrified to learn that my back wasn’t getting any better by itself, and that the procedure necessary was spinal surgery. Stat.

The scariest part was that the busted disc was damaging nerves that control not just my legs, but bladder and bowel function too. Left unchecked I was facing eventual numbness and paralysis of crucial parts. Luckily I live in a country with a National Health Service that wasn’t about to let that happen. After the MRI everything just kicked into action; my local hospital sent me to see the Spinal team at the specialist hospital at Belfast and I had an appointment for surgery within a week after that.

It’s all happened so fast my head is still spinning. I didn’t get long enough to panic. So it’s only hitting me now post- op what a serious and potentially life threatening procedure I’ve just been though, with some very real negative consequences had anything gone wrong. The emotional roller-coaster is very real, I’m crying one minute and dancing the next. But I live to tell the tale my friend, and that is my prize.

A quick shout out to all those kindly showing support and telling me I’m brave, I love you all! Friends and family have rallied round, and distance hasn’t seemed to matter, for that I’m extremely grateful. I also couldn’t have got through this without the calming, sage words of @ch_pearson who went through a similar op her self not so very long ago. Knowing someone I know and love came through this the better for it helps no-end.

I wish you all a lovely week ahead. I’ll be resting up and taking care of myself. I suggest you do similar. And don’t forget to make hay while the sun shines, because none of us , not one, have any idea of how long we’ve got left ….

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24 comments

  1. Good luck with your recovery : )

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    1. Thank you so much.x

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  2. Whew, you’ve been through a lot…and you’ve got a lot ahead of you…but I’m happy to hear it went well and you’re recovering. Sending lots of positive mojo your way. Here’s to a speedy & full recovery.

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    1. Thanks for the good vibes Rich. I’ve a feeling getting better is gonna be a lot more fun than getting worse 🙂

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  3. The diagnosis sounds scary, but yay for NHS! I hope the recovery is quick and complication free. I’m also super impressed with the stitching skills 🙂

    XOXO Thanks for the update!

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    1. Hey Anne! Thanks my lovely. It was not lost on me that I am now endowed with someone else’s impressive sewing. Invisible stitches eh? That’s some nice work. xoxo

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  4. Take care of yourself. I hope you recover quickly.

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    1. Thanks Ms Frankfurter! x

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  5. Reading this totally made me cry. Not only are you brave for going thorough this incredibly frightening experience, you are also brave for sharing it with the world. You are an endless source of inspiration, my dear! ❤ I'm so glad that you're resting up and taking care of yourself, and I can't wait until you're well enough for me to come visit. I love the raw, radically honest direction your blog is going in. It's very much the route I'm going down too. Hope you're having a lovely evening! Xxx

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    1. Awww, don’t cry. I’m gonna be ok. x Your care package in the post totally made my week! I am feeling a little (a lot) unvarnished at the moment. And if I can’t share what ever I want on this blog, than what is it good for- that’s how I look at it anyway. Lets sort out that visit very soon my dear. b.x

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  6. Happy to hear you made it through and hoping you are pain-free very soon!

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    1. Thanks Keeley, I’m hoping it all gets better from here. x

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  7. Seagypsy · · Reply

    Bridgeen, I’m glad everything was actually caught in time. Chronic pain if any kind sucks! Recover quickly!

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  8. Ugh, scary but sounds like you had some good doctors working with you! Hope everything will get better soon!

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    1. Thanks my dear!

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  10. I have only just got back on social media properly and just read your post, gosh! You poor thing, glad they picked up on the problem and that you are now recovering. Sending healing vibes your way xx

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  11. Oh my gosh, what a nightmare you’ve been through huni – I’m so so sorry to read how tough a time you’ve been having. Thankfully you are through the surgery and onto the recovery path, wishing you a very speedy ‘get well soon’ and sending masses of huge hugs! Such a brave gal ❤ XXXXXX

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    1. Thanks my lovely. I wish I thought i was brave 😉 Just doing what I gotta do. I’ve been extremely lucky xoxo

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      1. You’re a brave lady for sure!!! We’re all wishing you the very best huni, just keep focused on that recovery XXXX

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  12. Must have ben scary. I’m glad the op went well.

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