If you missed Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3, I’ve been battling the shards of an exploding disc in my spine. When we left off, I was awaiting surgery and trying to survive a “no ibuprofen” mandate from my surgeon.
If you can’t sleep, just re-define “sleep.”
After two days of raging, spastic agony, I was too afraid to go to bed. This turned out to be fortunate, though. I resumed sleeping* against my pillow stack on my couch, which, combined with a steroid that was riding the needle the doctors had plunged into my spine a few days prior, got me back into a quasi-mobile state!
* “Sleeping” in this context means “sitting still for a long enough time that it’s safe to assume that I was unconscious for some period of time.”
If ignorance is bliss, distraction is at least peaceful.
Fortunately, I had plenty of friends and family visiting me over the week before surgery and, among other things, I was able to construct my chocolate piano!
Seriously, if you’ve found a way to this article but haven’t seen my chocolate piano, then you’re missing the good stuff! For your sake, please go to facebook.com/graceatarmsbastion and become a fan.
Hack! Hack that back!
Friday, February 24 finally rolled around and the story gets short from there:
1. Dr. Jean-Pierre Mobasser, MD has Jesus-hands.
2. He removed some scar tissue, disc fragments, and other junk and patched me up in under an hour.
An hour and a half later, I was sitting in my mom’s car eating a Qdoba burrito and sending doped up texts to the handful of people whose names I could remember despite the anesthetics.
…and now… and more now… and more now…
So now, I’m healing. Not only am I healing, but with a Tylenol and two ibuprofen, I feel closer to “painless” than I have in years. The only battle I have left ahead of me (barring the unexpected) is patience. I have to wait until I have healed completely before I go off and do anything stupid, no matter how stir crazy I get.
Fortunately, madness is a good substitute for creativity! Maybe Grace@Arms will see some new material as a result of this! Thanks for the hopes and the prayers! Hopefully, there will only be one more chapter in this story: my return to life as I knew it.
One benefit of the boredom and unusual schedule just manifested itself in that I woke after only a few hours of sleep, grabbed up an old photo of me, and fixed it so you can see what the new shirts will look like (note: this shirt doesn’t exist yet–I’m kind of proud of those Photoshop skills)! The pre-order ends on Sunday, so if you want this shirt, click the picture or just go to graceatarms.com/alive2012 and order it now!