I debated a bit before posting about this injury. In my real life, I rarely talk about my medical problems except with closest family and friends. Also, this blog was meant to be anonymous and it just seemed like such a personal thing to be posting online for the world to see.
I felt I had to post about this if only to continue an honest story of my journey. It would have been pretty fake to continue posting as though everything in my life was completely normal, when it clearly it isn't.
I'm having another great day doing nothing but lying on the couch with my dogs, napping, eating, watching DVDs and surfing online. My work colleagues have been fantastic! A colleague has stepped in to do a portion of my job as my job is too complex for the "temp" to do completely.
I am feeling incrementally better as time passes. My use of pain meds is much reduced and the anti-infammatory drugs are doing their job. The underlying cause, the degradation of my neck vertebrae, is a problem which will not be easily solved. I'm fairly sure that the MRI (in a few days) will show that I won't be needing surgery right now. However, I do have grave concerns about the future state of my neck. What will my neck be like when I'm 60? When I'm 80? What will my options be? I'll cross that bridge when I come to it and will certainly seek the most expert advice before proceeding.
I am to spend another week or so on bedrest. I just need to be very careful not to do anything which will aggravate my neck and set back my recovery.
The best thing about an incident like this is that it forces you to worry less about the things you might normally worry about, such as my separation, coming out and future financial problems. Your health is the only thing that really matters; everything else is relatively unimportant and generally will work itself out.
Just to prove to everyone that I'm feeling better, here's a half-nekkid pic of myself taken moments ago. Thanks again for all your best wishes!