Sunday, September 2, 2012


Cape Cod Shells by Roberta Warshaw
Cape Cod Shells, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

I feel as though I have been given new life. I am walking on a cloud. I am walking.

The reason that I was so scared to have the back surgery is that I was told that it doesn’t always work. I could still have the weakness and the numbness as well as the pain in my leg after the surgery. Or the symptoms could be worse than before.

But I am happy to report that most of my symptoms are gone after only 2 ½ weeks. I still have some numbness around my knee area but the leg is no longer weak or painful. For that I am eternally grateful to both my surgeon and my physical therapist for telling me which surgeon to see.

Today I walked over 2 miles. I couldn’t walk two blocks before the surgery.

My goal is to be able to walk to the local pool. So when it comes time for me to be able to swim again I will just walk over there.

You see, I think I caused the injury to my spine myself through years of doing too many sit-ups and crunches. I never knew they were so bad for the spine, until recently.

I am never going to take my body for granted again. I am going to know my limitations and continue with new, age appropriate exercising..



Unknown said...

I am so happy to hear that your surgery went well and you are doing good!
I've been there with the spine surgery, a great surgeon makes all the difference in the success as well as your gung-ho attitude.
Make sure you stay on top of your exercises :)
Sending you continued healing and warm hugs.

Unknown said...

Roberta--I am so glad that you are doing well! What a relief. And painting too--my first love...

Candace said...

That's great news, Roberta. I'm happy for you.

Barb Fernald said...

So glad to hear you are doing better. What a relief it must be to be able to walk again. But, wait...crunches are not good? Yikes! I do them every morning. (No sit ups though)

Janice said...

Such good news Roberta - I'm so happy for you!

Janice said...

Such good news Roberta - I'm so happy for you!