October 5 2020

Recovery

Everything seems to be getting better but for this pain I have in my shoulder that is coming from my neck. It was so bad last week that they had to up my pain meds and put me on steroids.

My neck is sore now but doesn’t hurt. So now I allow my daughter to squeeze me when she hugs me, which she loves. She is also happy to be able to sit on my lap again in my chair. And my range of motion for my neck is I think better than before the surgery.

As for the pain I was having in my butt when walking. That pain really hurt! I haven’t felt it once since my surgery. And I had two numbish fingers on my left hand those are getting better too!

God is good!

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September 27 2020

Neck Surgery

My surgery went well. The spinal cord in my neck was so compressed they had to take out one of my bones in my neck. The surgery took four hours. I was told it would take one and a half at first. I woke up around 4pm, I think. When I woke up, I asked if my surgery had happened yet! They informed me it was all over. The only think I remember was being in the surgery waiting area. Which was where I was when I woke up, so I was just a bit confused.

I had to wait to past 10pm to get in a room! However, I was able to watch the Stanley Cup Final (on my phone in recovery) and the Lightning won too. So, I was in pain but amused! But my wife had to leave the hospital without seeing me because visitors are kicked out at 8pm! But since she was able to get my phone to me, we were able to FaceTime.

I was in the hospital for two nights. Both nights I didn’t sleep much because I could not get comfortable. Every position I laid in or sat in my neck was hurting.

When I came home on Wednesday, I was able to sit in my chair get comfortable and sleep! I felt so much better being home. I still have pain off and on. And my neck is limited in motion, but I am glad to be home!

I’ll post a picture of my incision. I don’t think it’s too gross!

God is good!

Neck Surgery 2020
September 20 2020

This Monday

Our daughter starts in person learning at her school on Monday. The same day I am having surgery on my neck. That means I can’t bring her to school because I must be at the hospital early that morning. I hope she will be ok. Her grandmother will be bringing her to school.

I am a bit nervous about the surgery, but I will put it all in God’s hands. I went yesterday to get prayed over. I had four people praying over me for the surgery including my wife.

I hope I will be able to keep up on this blog after the surgery, but I don’t know how much discomfort I’ll be in.

That is all for now.

God is good!

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September 13 2020

Hurricanes and Surgery

In person learning is supposed to be starting on Monday for my daughter. However, there is a tropical storm heading our way, due to hit here sometime on Tuesday. So, school might get canceled. How fitting is that?

A week from Monday I am having surgery on my neck. I have three discs that need to come out to relive pressure on my spinal cord. I am not looking forward to it, but it must be done. It will not get better on its own. I am experiencing pain in my butt when I walk. It’s a sharp pain. I hope it is related to my neck problem. One of my doctors told me a while ago that because of my neck I would one day have problems walking.

Well that is all for now.

God is good!

August 29 2020

Zoey 8/20/2010-8/28/2020

Yesterday we had to put our dog, Zoey, to sleep. She had heart failure and may have also had cancer. She gave my wife, daughter, and myself 10 years of love. We will miss her very much.

When we brought our daughter home from the hospital, Zoey was at the door to greet us. And when Zoey got next to our daughter, Zoey gave her a kiss. From then on, they were best friends.

I am going to miss her scratching at the fridge for some soft food. And no dog could flip a bowl over like Zoey did. That was her way of telling us she wanted her hard food.

Rest in peace Zoey.
God is good!

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August 24 2020

Two Hurricanes!

So not one but two tropical systems are heading our way. The first one to arrive is Marco and will make landfall later tonight but the storm is weakening. It will be a depression when it hits. Laura on the other hand is expected to make her way into the gulf and strengthen into a hurricane. And right now, the forecast has it making landfall around Lake Charles late Wednesday early Thursday.

Because of the storms school has been canceled through Wednesday. It’s gotten a lot better but there are still times when it is incredibly stressful. I can only hope they will be able to go to school soon. But the reality is that the virus is still scaring a lot of people, sometimes including me.

God is good!

August 17 2020

School and Surgery

School at home has started again. the first day was Thursday and it was rough. Friday went a bit better. I really wish the kids were able to go into their classes but it’s just not worth the risk at this point. However, I hope they will soon be able to return to in person learning.

On another note, I need surgery on my neck. I have three discs that need to come out because they are pushing on my spinal cord. Right now, the only symptom I have is a numb feeling when I turn my head. I had my nerves burned about a year ago, so that is saving me from being in pain.

God is good!

August 8 2020

COVID and an MRI

School will be starting soon. We really don’t know how long school from home will continue. COVID-19 cases are still on the rise here. I wouldn’t be surprised if we go back to phase 1.

I have been having a pins and needles feeling going down my right arm. I had an MRI done and I am getting evaluated for surgery this coming Tuesday. I am leading to saying no if the doctor wants to operate on me. I don’t think he will but if he does, I will have a lot of questions about it.

Well that’s it for now.

God is good!

July 26 2020

School From Home

So, our daughter will be starting first grade virtually at least until Labor Day. Kids need to be in school in person at least part time, in my opinion. But fear form the spread of the virus has caused this decision. Which I do understand but I don’t have to be happy about it, do I?

Just a short update.

God is good!

July 13 2020

Masks For Everyone

Well now as of today the entire state must wear masks when in public. Cases of the virus continue to rise in Louisiana and I now fear a new lockdown order is around the corner. Also, as of today bars are closed.

Since the mask order in my parish I have still seen a fair amount of people with no mask on. I really don’t know how they enforce this requirement.

God is good!