News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Monday, 25 June, 2007
Wow, how time flies!
by heather

Four weeks ago today (and for the 28+years before), I had a tethered spinal cord. My surgery to fix this problem was done on May 29, 2007 (Four weeks ago-tomorrow) at North Shore University Hospital on Long Island, in New York. It really doesn't seem like it was that long ago. The time has gone by really fast. Today is my first day home alone after having my Mother-In-Law here for two weeks. I'm not sure who misses her more, Baxter - Nate - or Me! Baxter misses his morning walks with 'Grammie Linda', Nate misses the cooking and dishes done by Mom, and I mostly miss her company. I'll also have to make sure I don't over-do things on my own. Linda could always tell when I was not feeling well and she would tell me to lie down and she would take over whatever it was that I was working on...usually packing boxes for our move. We are hopeful that we will be able to move before the winter, but it will all depend on the sale of our townhome. The market is very slow here, so I am not too hopeful, but we'll just have to wait and see.

So, how am I feeling after 4 weeks? Much better than 3 weeks ago, but I don't think much has changed in the last 2 weeks or so. I guess I'm at a plateau in my recovery. I'm okay as long as I don't over do things. I'm still resting often and actually sleeping quite a bit. Many people are asking if the headaches are gone. The answer, unfortunately, is NO, they are not gone. I'm trying to stay hopeful that this may change over time, but my doctors didn't really think this surgery would take care of the headaches. They said that the surgery for tethered cord had to be done before they would even start talking about what more can be done for the headaches. They also told me that I have to wait 3 months to see if its going to, 1 month down, 2 more to go!


Nathaniel said on Jun 26 at 10:04 a.m.:

I'm glad to hear that you are feeling a little better. Keep resting and you will heal soon. I bet it was nice having family around to help with the daily tasks. Definitely take it easy now and get well soon.

Linda said on Jun 26 at 05:17 p.m.:

I am glad you are doing better. Take it easy and get well soon!

Sharon said on Jun 26 at 06:25 p.m.:

Heather - It was good to see something on your site. I've been checking almost every day. Have checked in with Chuck every once in a while, so we did receive some news that way. I thought that you were on-line one night recently, and tried to IM you, but you must not have been at your computer when I tried. Darn! We are glad that you're doing better. Take it one day at a time. Get plenty of rest and don't try to do too much, too soon. Jon's doing okay in CA. Sounds like he and Dug will be doing some camping in July, and also have tickets for some concert. Sheryl still doesn't know when her surgery will be. The medication that she's on makes her tired and she's rather weak. I hope that they can get that surgery behind them soon ........ Caleb and Chuck will be there for their visit soon. Hope you have an enjoyable time with them. We're keeping you close in our thoughts and prayers. School ended for me last Friday. However, I'm going in all this week to start "weeding out" before my retirement next June. I've already loaded two large, wheeled barrels, so I'm feeling real good about that!! How nice that Nate's mom was there to help out, recently. Hello to Nate for us, too!