Spinal Fusion Surgery – Week 4 Post-Op

This was the first week I started to feel significantly better. I noticed an improvement in my mobility, strength, sleep schedule, and mood. I attribute most of this to finally getting into a regular routine and adjusting to quarantine/recovery life. Exercising and eating on a consistent schedule was tremendously helpful.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The past few days were really rough physically and mentally, but today was a really positive point in my recovery. I moved my body all day; this made the biggest difference. I started my morning off by doing 14 flights of stairs and some ‘backercise’. The rest of the day, I walked around the house and utilized the space I had to get my muscles working.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Sleeping has been very uncomfortable throughout the recovery process thus far; I am unable to roll and move easily, so I am stuck in the same position for the entire night. Fortunately, the soreness I felt this morning was from my exercise the day before. I warmed my body up and did a hard 60 minute stair workout later that evening.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

I am starting to get into a routine. I woke up at 7 a.m. and went downstairs to warm-up with some stretching/yoga. I then transitioned to strength work by using our french doors for modified push-ups and ab exercises. Creativity is key when trying to workout with physical limitations under quarantine. It has been eye opening to experiment with different aspects of the house as workout equipment. I ended my night with a stair workout before heading to bed.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

I worked out downstairs by the french doors from 8:45-11 a.m. doing various exercises: lunges, squats, modified wall push-ups, modified ab exercises, arm circles, and high knees in place. I use my JBL Flip 4 for music during my workouts. I love turning on Apple Music and starting the day off with a fast hip-hop playlist to get me motivated. My meals are starting to get pretty consistent as well. I am eating an egg with spinach for breakfast, and having some sort of chicken around 1 p.m. I talked to a friend on FaceTime and ended my night on Zoom with my church.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

My schedule is becoming pretty consistent, so my day looked very similar to yesterday. I worked out in the morning and danced around the house to some Apple Music. Later in the afternoon, I talked to a friend on FaceTime. My body is getting stronger; the only thing that is still bothering me is my digestive system.

Friday, April 10, 2020

The week went by fairly quickly in comparison to the weeks prior. This week felt like a turning point in my recovery. I am incorporating new exercises to my routines daily, and feel great. The Child Life Specialist at Johns Hopkins was kind enough to gift me with Rummikub and a blanket/pillowcase. We played Rummikub for the first time, and it was a blast!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

I feel much stronger than I did at the beginning of the week. My sleeping schedule is getting much more regular, and I don’t wake-up feeling as stiff. One of my major focuses during my workouts was my technique; I am working to improve and steady my postural muscles. Last week, I was unable to sit comfortably at the table without support.

It is really motivating to record and notice substantial progress from the beginning to the end of the week. I have been using the Notes App in my phone to write out my schedules for each day along with any daily updates.

love,

julia grace

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