The muscle relaxers were a god send for my recovery. I have been able to sleep easier at night and a short nap during the day if at all. It’s been nice that I’ve been able to move around more easily and get out of the house and ride in a vehicle without feeling like I was going to puke.
Just a couple days after I added the muscle relaxers I was able to get out of the house and have a lunch date with my dad. This past weekend was wonderful! I had 3 amazingly pain free days. I have not felt this good in over a year! I had so much energy. I spent 2 days doing housework along with the help of my daughter so I was not doing too much bending over. Sunday was father’s day and I was able to spend the day at the pool with family. Monday was just as great! We went out shopping, I didn’t tire as I had previously. I swore that life was going to be great again! Tuesday I drove for the first time since surgery. My daughter and I had a huge day, I drove everywhere. It was great to have my freedom back again.
Well that freedom came to a screeching halt Tuesday evening. Tuesday morning I had taken off my final pain patch post surgery and I didn’t give that little square enough credit. The driving and constant moving my head really flared up the muscles in my neck and head. By that night I was in tears. Wednesdays wasn’t a whole lot better. I thank my great friend and fellow TN warrior for watching my daughter all day so I could rest. The pain level was so bad by last night that I thought my husband was going to have to take me to the ER. The ice and medicine was not enough to help relieve the pain. I love my husband so much and his ability to calm me down. There is just something so calming and reassuring when he holds my hand and tells me that everything will be okay. I finally fell asleep a little after midnight last night and slept in until about 11am. Pain kicked my butt. I ended up napping for the majority of today too!
I had given myself a goal to go back to work before July. I completely underestimated how much brain surgery was going to kick my butt. Every day is still unknown whether its going to be great or I have to sleep the day away to allow my body to heal. I’m just a little over 2 weeks out of surgery and I still have a whole lot of recovery left to go.