Post Op Ceck-In!

Here’s to hoping that all of you out there are having a great week! I know mine has been busy because my kids have been off school for the week. So it been a week filled with lots of family time. I’ve also been very busy putting all of the final details together for my Etsy shop, and slowly working towards my opening. As I told everyone here I was hoping that I would open it this week but as I work on the details I keep finding other things I need to work on before I can launch. So I hope you can be patient because I’m really hopeful that your going to like what you see. So here’s another from my recent winter series I last posted.

This week I haven’t been having an easy time as I continue to deal with a few issues from the surgery. Mix in sleeping issues and it makes for a bad mix! With my sleep not being very good at night due to my CRPS, I’ve always had a tough time with the morning and waking up. It seems that just as my body wants to relax and shut down it’s time to wake up and get going for the day. This week with the added pain from my surgeries flaring up, it has made getting any sleep that much more difficult. Finding energy then during the day becomes difficult, but you find a way to get that second wind and push through. The surgery last month has taken a lot out of my body, and so I’ve found it hard to run at the same energy level.

In about another week I see the neurosurgeon and we will assess how things are going. A good report from him is what I’m looking forΒ  The pain caused by the CRPS seems to be under control for the most part which is really great news! I’ve had a few minor flare ups but they seem to be fairly well controlled by the electrical stimulation.

On Saturday I decided to really put my implants to the test. I was walking to my bedroom and turned the corner through the door a little to tight. As I did this I stubbed my toes on my bad foot! Now if you’ve stubbed your toes on something I’m sure you know the intense pain it causes, well add chronic pain into the mix and it’s something completely different! After saying a few choice words to myself I got on with my day. It wasn’t until I got into the shower the next day that I realized that I had a small problem. I looked at my toes on my left foot and they were dark purple! To make a long story short I had x-rays done and I’ve broken the toes! So it’s added to my pain needless to say.

Overall though I slowly continue to get better with each week. Although I feel at times that I’m being tested my confidence is at an all time high, and for that I know God is responsible. Since the surgery the stress level has come down and that makes it easier for my brain to handle things. With this week being the exception this has also been another big answer to prayer because if the stress level stays down then it means a lot less fuzziness in the head and less headaches, leading to a much clearer thought process.

It’s been a very slow process and I knew it would be, as well as knowing that there were going to be setbacks along the way. However I’ve been asked many times now by many people if it was all worth it. Even though there is still a lot of healing to do the results so far have made it all worthwhile. I couldn’t get through any of this though without God being right there beside me helping every step of the way!




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About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I’m married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family!

In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn’t fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year and a half not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it!

As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.

11 Responses to Post Op Ceck-In!

  1. Broken toes! Oh my that is awful. I pray that they heal quickly and that your body continues to heal and recover/adjust post surgery. I can’t imagine living with the chronic pain that you do everyday. Your attitude is inspiring and I pray God continues to give you strength to press on joyfully!

  2. Chris H says:

    Oh ouch to broken toes!
    I’ve had two toes deliberately broken and straightened… and had metal rods down then to keep them straight until they mended.. and OMG that was so painful!
    Did the Doctor do anything for your poor toes?

  3. Amy says:

    Broken toes huh? Jees! I’m glad to hear that it didn’t shut down the rest of your day though. That must mean things are getting better πŸ˜€

  4. Liz says:

    I do hope you get some positive news from your neurosurgeon. I must read further back in your blog to gain a better knowledge of your condition and it’s progression. It is so difficult to remain positive & confident all the time when living with chronic pain and the lack of sleep that accompanies it. And I do understand the brain fuzziness. I used to be so sharp & quick but now I find some days I struggle with my memory and have to write myself lists (something I never needed to do).

    Sorry to hear about your mishap with the broken toes πŸ™
    I do hope they heal quickly. I am encouraged by your faith and persistence. Keep believing.

    I saw a new neurologist on Monday and have been sent off for new MRI’s, more nerve conduction studies & tests. I am hoping for more answers with regard to my peripheral neuropoathy (hands and feet) which is becoming worse and more of a worry dues to the risk of injury without even knowing. She had little to offer with regard to my nerve damage and the resultant neuropathic pain other than to suggest I try a lower dose of a drug I was on over a year ago which reduced the pain a little but turned me into a zombie… worth a try I guess.

  5. Barb says:

    I can’t even imagine broken toes on top of everything else you have going on . . . so sorry. I must say your photography isn’t suffering though! That photo is so familiar and so beautiful – thanks for sharing.

  6. bettyl says:

    I love your winter shot. I can’t say I really miss snow, but it’s pretty to see! Hope your toes and all heal soon!

  7. Ross, every visit to your blog is inspirational and leaves me reflecting. You offer so much perspective to your readers. I can’t wait for your etsy shop to open, as I feel I know the story and strength of the creator of wonderful items you’ll be selling. I look forward to being a proud owner of a piece of your work.

    As always, happy seeing beautiful!

  8. Megan says:

    You are SO SO strong, going through this and sharing your pain and your sorrow. I really appreciate your honesty! Praying that you get some good news!!

  9. Bethany says:

    Ouch! so sorry about your toes. sounds painful. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for sharing the picture, nice shot.

  10. So sorry to hear about your toes. I can not even imagine how much that hurts. πŸ™ I’ve been grousing internally about my left big toe hurting because I forgot to clip my toenails before my half marathon last Saturday. Clearly, I need to stop and be grateful. Thanks for the reminder!

  11. Tara says:

    Hope your toes are healing well! I read in your other posts that you have been going through some difficult things! I hope you can get past these difficult days and really enjoy disney land with your family!!

    BEAUTIFUL photo!

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