AN EMERGENCY OPERATION

If you saw me at Britmums Live this past weekend you might have seen me hobbling about, struggling with a trapped nerve in my leg. Well fast forward a couple of days & I was signing a consent form for an emergency operation on my spine.

Rewind five years & I was in a car accident, since then I’ve had ongoing back problems which have been on & off through the years. I had a protruding disc & a tear which mainly affected my tailbone so sitting down was an issue. Walking, mobility, even running wasn’t too much of a problem, I knew my limits in the gym & did yoga & Pilates regularly to help strengthen the muscles in my back.

This weekend however it was a very different kind of pain. I had a severe burning & shooting pain down the middle of my leg but numbness & tingling from my heel to the top of my thigh. The pain & numbness continued throughout the weekend so Monday was a trip to the Doctors. Ten minutes later I was being sent to A&E with a stack of paperwork requesting an MRI Scan. 

  

I’ve got to admit to thought it was all a bit dramatic, I even told my sister I felt like a Drama Queen as she dropped me off at the hospital before taking Archie with her to pick her kids up from school. It didn’t take long for the realisation to hit, I was scanned within the hour & arrangements were made for me to be transferred for an emergency operation on my spine.

The MRI picked up on an enlarged disc that was crushing the nerve root, the longer it pressed on the nerve the higher the risk of me loosing the feeling in my leg & becoming incontinent permanently. It was really starting to hit home that this emergency op was an actual emergency.

Within 24 hours of sitting in the Doctors waiting room I had the operation and was back on the hospital ward, I still can’t quite believe how fast it all happened. 

The surgeon had to remove most of the enlarged disc & surrounding bone to release the nerve. I’m still in a lot of pain & can barely move but I have some feeling back in my toes which is a good sign. I may never get the full sensation back but I can move my leg which is the key thing.

I’m so greatful for our incredible NHS & how fast they acted, all the doctors, nurses & support staff have been amazing! I just need to learn to take it a little easier, slow down & listen to my body.

Fingers crossed I’ll be back on my feet soon, I just won’t be pushing myself too soon!

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18 Comments

  1. June 24, 2015 / 10:49 pm

    Aw wow that is amazing how fast things happened. And goes to show the great work the nhs does. Hope you get back on your feet soon. Take it easy and take care xxxxxxx

  2. June 25, 2015 / 7:47 am

    Blimey! That all sounds horrific! Hope you are feeling more human very soon & that you manage to rest up a bit xx

  3. June 25, 2015 / 8:16 am

    O sweetie, I saw your picture the other day and was hoping that you were ok. I have everything crossed for you that you make a full recovery. I’m sure that Archie is being looked after fantastically by people that love him very much and that you will be back together soon enough. xx #Brilliantblogposts
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  4. June 25, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Oh gosh! i thought i saw you hobbling around at Britmums but i was too shy to say hello. I am so glad your on the mend, how frightening though!
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    • June 25, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Thanks Rachel, you should’ve just said hi! 🙂 it got worse & worse over the weekend, I was struggling so much but still didn’t realise quite how serious it was until I was being told the risks & signing consent forms for surgery! X
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  5. June 25, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    Oh wow, that is super scary! So glad you went to hospital and got it checked even though you felt like you were being a drama queen! I hope you recover quickly and thanks for popping by my blog today!

  6. June 28, 2015 / 5:39 am

    I pray for your fast recovery, Toni. As you said, you have to listen to your body. Best wishes and I hope you’ll be back at your feet. xoxo
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  7. July 5, 2015 / 8:17 am

    Wow, crazy times and well done to all the staff! Great to hear the op went well & that your resting! I hope you do take it easy because I know how hard it is to flip a bird to rest because things need doing! 😉 x
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