Friday, July 23, 2010

Eric's Back Surgery


Eric underwent his lower back surgery on Tuesday of this week. He's been in quite a lot of pain for the last year now in the lumbar region of his back. We figure it is an old aggravated rugby accident from about 8 or so years ago. Anyway, after enduring a lot of pain, physical therapy and a procedure that was somewhat like an epideral, the doctors realized that surgery was going to be the only route to get rid of the pain and keep Eric from losing motion etc in his back and legs. The surgery included removing much of a herniated disc in his lower back. When the doctor came out to talk to me after the surgery he admitted that the remaining part of the disc was quite degenrative, so Eric would need to be exceedingly careful in recovering. And that is where we are at right now. Poor Eric! Even though he is doing well, he is still extremely uncomfortable and is having a hard time moving from one position to another. However, we have high hopes that we will learn a little better how to manuever to avoid pain and after awhile I have no doubt Eric will be back to full functionality. The full recovery period is about 3 months, which seems like an eternity to Eric. No exercise, bending, twisting, picking up the kids, sitting for long periods, etc.

Thank you everyone for your concerns about Eric. And thank you especially to my parents for taking care of the kids while I am taking care of Eric. We will keep you posted.


9 comments:

Melodie Dearden said...
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Melodie Dearden said...

Poor Eric!!! I just feel so bad. That is the pits.

Rachel said...

Oh man...back surgery. I can't even imagine. Good luck to the both of you, and wishing Eric a speedy recovery!

Stefani said...

his face in that last picture says it all :(

Calvin, Ashton, and Camden said...

I had practically the same surgery about 3 years ago, just before we got married. Just make sure to take the time to recover! It is tough to take it easy, but it will be worth it! Good luck with everything! We will be back around the 15th of Aug, let us know if you need anything!

karensumpter said...

Oh man, that recovery sounds like a bummer. Hang in there Eric! I hope you're back to your normal self soon!

adespain said...

Yuck, I hate surgery. I am glad that you don't have the kids so you can feel like you are actually helping him instead of just trying to keep the kids away from him. Let him know we hope things start feeling better soon!

The Harrises said...

Oh dear! That does not look like a lovely day in the park. Hope you feel better.

Janet said...

how's he doing??? feel better soon!