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Monday, May 4, 2015

3.5 years - the work horse of the family

As my husband recovers from hernia surgery, it's strange to be the "go to" person for the heavy lifting in my family! Roughly 16 hours of yardwork in order to prepare the yard and landscaping for my youngest daughter's last prom, and my spine was a champ. My M6L and STALIF TT are still my little life changers, and I couldn't be happier.

Lovely daughter, lovely landscaping, if I don't say so myself.
 
 
 
Anna and Nick - awww

My neighbor, Kurt, who went to Germany (see previous posts) for his M6L last fall is just returning from his second visit for cervical M6s this time.  Apparently he is doing well, and a return trip speaks volumes about our confidence in this procedure, product, and theory of spine repair.

On another celebratory note, we recently paid off the loan that made my privately paid surgery possible.  It's definitely much more fun to pay for our new boat in monthly installments than a new back, but the rewards don't compare!  Kurt was lucky and his insurance picked up the overseas tab.  Yay Kurt!

Cheers from Team Stuckey!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 - wow

Not too much to say about my spine specifically, other than still blessed and thankful that I really don't think about it much! Never a pain, ache, twinge, or fear. I AM very thoughtful about my footing in this icy, Indiana weather. I will break an arm before I allow my butt hit the ground! (I did that when pregnant with my first child, so I know it can be done if need be!) My tailbone, however, is a bit grumpy. It did not appreciate the antiquated airplane ride on Sunday. I'm guessing it was equivilant to sitting on concrete for 2 hours. Three days later and my tailbone is just starting to calm down. That's a first. Well worth the trip to visit an old friend suffering a great loss. I still get inquiries on what I had done from family, close friends, distant friends, and complete strangers. I am happy to share. 3 years, 3 months and going strong with my two little buddies in tow.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Friend and Neighbor getting M6L! and I'm getting more shoulder anchors....

I just got a message from my neighbor that he's scheduled for a BIG surgery in March with Dr Ritter Lang. Not only does he have to remove his Dynesis implants in the lumbar region, but he will receive a 1-2 level fusion and 1-2 levels of M6Ls. Prayers and best wishes Kurt! It won't be easy but totally worth it. I am scheduled for surgery number ??? (I've lost count) this Wednesday. The right shoulder had a SLAP tear exactly 2 years ago, and apparently the left shoulder felt left out. My crappy joints are not limited to my spine, so here we go again. A SLAP tear is torn cartilage and requires an anchor(SLAP = Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior). Not sure exactly how this came to be, but probably due to arthritic changes wearing on the structures and tissues in my joint capsule. At least I know what I'm in for this time - it wasn't fun. Netflix and narcotics, here I come!