Tag Archives: Spinal fusion

On the mend….

11 Jun

Kerry had a good first week post-op checkup! He was even given permission to start biking so he dutifully hit the roads. He said he is not making any land speed records but he is happy to be able to exercise again. Here is a bad photo of his x-rays showing his new screws.

The doctor was really happy with his progress and hopes his movement, pain and general back issues keep improving. Miss H loves to tell people (really anyone in public) about how¬† ‘Daddy has a new boo boo on his stomach.’

We started off our weekend with soccer and then spent a fair amount of time at the pool. The soccer coach likes to mix-in some tee ball towards the end of class and they all get so excited. It is very hard to patiently wait for their turn at bat but Miss H did really well. Now, we just have to convince her that her hits might go further if she kept her eyes open.

Mom came up on Sunday to take me out to lunch for my birthday and we had a nice time at Delia’s in Springfield. We will definitely be going back there. The food was really good and it is very kid-friendly!Speaking of birthdays, Miss H spilled the beans today about how she ‘signed my birthday card when I was gone.’ Kerry and I got a good laugh about her talking about the event. I guess the concept of surprise is not when she will get for at least another year. I did not get what my gift was but I definitely got the details about the card and how she ‘wrote an H and then an A and some pictures.’

So, I got Kerry an iPad for his birthday but Miss H now believes it is her iPad (that she calls an iPod). We have downloaded some kid friendly games and it is fun to watch her interact with it. One of her favorites is the drawing app and I have to say, her mouse is really good.

And, she loves the PhotoBooth. Hours of fun.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!



The ‘in sickness’ part

16 Mar


Since I met Kerry in 2004, he has had shoulder surgery, two spinal fusions, hip surgery and a lower back surgery. This week marked spinal fusion number three to fix the two previous surgeries that did not work. The thing about having the same surgery three times is that we know the recovery is going to be long and not pleasant. Kerry has been a great patient but the recovery from this one is similar to the others for him. Long and painful.

Now, Miss H adds a whole new dimension to surgery and recovery. She is very aware that Daddy does not feel well and worries about it. A few weeks ago, when we took Miss H to the doctor, she would not let the doctor look in her ears. The pediatrician looked at her and very seriously said, ‘I need to see if Tinkerbell is in your ear.’ Miss H is a big fan of Tinkerbell so she totally changed her attitude and let the doctor get Tinkerbell out of her ear. Now, she thinks any trip to the doctor is for the extraction of Tinkerbell. Including for Kerry.

She has been telling her daycare provider, our neighbors, Mom, Aunt Leigh and really anyone who will listen about ‘Daddy’s big band aid on his neck,’ and that ‘Daddy went to the doctor to get Tinkerbell out of his ear.’

There have been a few bumps in the road this week. Surgery took longer than predicted, daylights savings completely messed up Miss H’s schedule and we ended up back at the doctor because Kerry had a high fever. I am hoping this weekend that the corner turns and Kerry starts to feel better (and it would really help if someone would go to sleep before 9pm). This week, we very much appreciate family and friends who have helped us out plus my very understanding work for not caring that I don’t know when I will be back and the outstanding insurance they provide. Again, thanks for the outstanding insurance.

So we definitely have the ‘in sickness’ part covered and we are doing really well. Thanks for all the thoughts and well wishes!