Getting Stronger! And On the Ice

by Mary on January 8, 2017

A few weeks ago I showed Dr. C. my improved heel-walking at my six-week visit. He commented that “You couldn’t do that before!” I made a video for you yesterday:

The left foot is not yet as strong as the right but it works much better than before. Besides being worth it for the pain relief, my surgery was worth it for the improved function. I’ll follow up with a post on the technical details for anyone making their own decision. Read the article →


Losing the Pain

January 5, 2017 Microdiscectomy and microdecompression

trying on some fun glasses

Contemplating life with and without chronic pain.

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Physical Therapy Baby Steps

December 12, 2016 Fitness

I’m pleased that I was able to return to PT to work on strength and stability  just 2 1/2 weeks after my back surgery.  This was for the legs and feet only at first. Working the back itself has to wait at least three or four weeks after the surgery. I’m not exactly moving iron: the […]

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Supplements and Diet to Encourage Nerve Healing

December 2, 2016 Health and Nutrition

lion's mane mushroom supplement

Diet and supplements to encourage nerve healing.

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Chestnut Rosemary Diamante Bread Stuffing

November 27, 2016 Dairy free

Rosemary Diamante Chestnut Stuffing

My family’s traditional chestnut stuffing for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Made with rosemary diamante bread, chestnuts, onions, celery, sage, and thyme.

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L5 Weakness: Waiting to see improvement

November 13, 2016 Figure skating


Recovering from L4/L5 and L5/S1 surgery and hoping for improvement of my weak leg.

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Surgery and Home Again: L4/L5 and L5/S1 Microdiscectomy

November 4, 2016 Microdiscectomy and microdecompression


My experience getting a microdiscectomy on two levels (L4/5 and L5/S1) and starting my recovery.

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Ready to Turn this Around

November 2, 2016 Microdiscectomy and microdecompression

Getting ready for microdiscectomy surgery.

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Disc Extrusion: A Neurosurgeon’s Advice

October 24, 2016 Fitness

Visit with a neurosurgeon for my disc extrusion that’s causing weakness in my left leg.

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A Good Talk

October 19, 2016 Fitness

disk extrusion

Getting some perspective on surgeons and possible microdiscectomy surgery from my sports medicine doctor.

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