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 help...so, 1 month down, 2 more to go!