Chiari Decompression Recovery

Hello all you beautiful warriors! I apologize for my disappearance for the past few weeks but I am finally lucid enough to do a little writing.

I am two weeks post-op and now at the point that I do not need my pain pills every four hours. It’s more like every 6 to 8 hours.

The surgery went well. My surgeon said it was quite a mess in there and I needed this decompression desperately. I was in ICU for two days and then a private room for another day and a half. So my hospital stay was a total of four days.

My healing and recovery was going so well but then three days after we were home, I had to visit my PCP due to sores and swelling on my arm. I caught a bloodstream infection from my IV.

It was a relief to know it was not MRSA but it still caused more pain and problems. However we caught it early enough to at least be able to treat it without problems.

Yesterday I had 20 staples removed from my head. It feels much better and has eased my headaches, however there is still so much neck pain and I’m counting down the remaining four weeks until I can actually completely lay down to sleep. Doc said the incision looks great. There is still a great deal of swelling but that is normal.

I have noticed that my vision is better and the ringing in my ears has eased up. But my left hand is completely numb. Doc said that would go away with time.

It looks like I am back on track for recovery.

What have I learned? It’s not a competition. It’s not a race to recover. I don’t need to be perfect when it comes to healing. The journey of healing is not a race, it’s not linear. It throws curve balls. I just need to chill and let my body heal.

I will be taking it slow and “chillin” until I check in with you all next time.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. jesusluvsall says:

    Prayed for you my fellow Spoonie

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