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Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a few minutes to write and let you all know how I'm doing. Sitting in this chair right now is still a little painful, so I'll try to type as fast as I can.

I already told you that I was in the hospital for 11 days. It was a LONG stay. I expected it, really. 12 hours of surgery, 24 hours of sedation, and the flood of pain killers after takes its toll on my body, particularly my stomach. I wont go into much detail, but I can tell you that vomiting with a fresh abdominal scar is a special kind of pain. UGH! It took a week till I could keep jello down. I was in recovery for 4 days. They woke me up 12 hours after the surgery was over with the intubation tube still in place. That was MISERABLE! They wanted to make sure I was awake and stable before removing it. I REALLY could have done without that. Just thinking about it makes me...blah! I had a rather scary reaction to a bit too much Ketamine at one point (otherwise it was a fantastic drug. It kept me calm and happy. No wonder it's so popular on the street. I had an overall good time with the Ketamine.) I also have a cardiac history and my heart rate went through the roof while in recovery. So all of that played a part in my extended stay. I had very, very good care though. I can't say enough about the nurses at HSS.

My doctor was surprised by the extent of compression when he got to my spine. It was a LOT more than he expected. After the surgery he said it went great and he expects a full recovery. So that's good.

Once I got home my recovery really took off. I mean, I'm still in pain and exhausted, but everyday is a little better than the last. And then there are those bad days that pop up once in a while. I try to rest as much as I can. Lost of walking and then lying down. I have to be honest though, I'm sure I push it a little much sometimes. It's my personality. I want to go from crawling to sprinting. Sometimes it's great and other times I have to listen to my body and take it easier.

I have some fantastic people here taking good care of me at home. (Living with mom and dad comes in handy after surgery! I don't know what I would have done without them.) My physical therapist is very happy. He says I'm recovering much faster than his other patients. So that's great. I just still have a lot of pain sometimes and then other times I have no pain. The worst is at night though. There are those nights that no matter what I do, I can't get comfortable and sleep. Those are the long and awful nights.

In other fantastic news, I got a phone call from my boy. He's out of Iraq and on his way home! YEY! I wont be able to make it to his homecoming in Kansas which is sad, but it should only be another week and a half before he gets back to NY. And I can make him wait on me hand and foot. haha Actually, I'm hoping to be feeling even better by then. So hopefully I'll be more like myself and less like someone who can't put on her own socks.

I was just wondering how long I should expect the surgical pain to last. Is this still surgical pain that I'm feeling, or is this the pain that my back will be in from now on? I know everyone is different in these situations. I'm just wondering what I can expect for myself. I think I might be getting ahead of myself. Here I am after one month later, hoping to be 100% when it usually takes people a few months to really get better. I'm just so excited to finally have my life back. It's been about 16 months since I've felt good, since I've been able to work, since I've been at the gym, since I felt like me. That's my motivation. So, I will never be a gold medal Olympic gymnast and my bull riding days are over (hehe), but I really do anticipate a time when I can be pain free...however long that takes. I just have to keep working at it, I guess. I really am very optimistic. I’m just glad 2007 is OVER!

I've been sitting in this chair for WAY too long. Time to rest these weary bones. I hope you're all doing well. I also hope 2008 brings us all a great deal of healing. Goodnight.