Archive for November, 2009

Giving Thanks

I could sit down tonight and write flowery prose about how thankful I am.  I could go on and on and on. I could gush about how thankful I am for medical technology, health insurance, relationships, health, support…

Instead, I’ll keep it simple.


As I sit here on the Eve of Thanksgiving I am thankful for one thing — my life.  In the literal sense.  I’ve been given a chance for a new, improved version and it’s full of amazing people.  I am so incredibly blessed.  More so than I could ever express.


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Surgical Follow-up

Tuesday of this week, we made the jaunt back down to the University of Utah for a CT scan and a follow-up appointment with the neurosurgeon.

Thankfully, everything looks fantastic.   The head CT shows that surgery has completely restored the flow of spinal fluid in/out of my brain.   Dr. Schmidt has concluded the to surgery to be “perfectly successful” and was pleased to see me doing so well.   He feels there is no need for physical therapy at this time, just some light stretching and massage to relieve the lingering tenderness and stiffness in my neck.

Personally, I feel really good (especially after fully recovering from the swine flu).   Without a doubt, the most miraculous aspect of all of this is my constant headaches are gone.   My energy is still low, but every day I continue to see improvements.

It’s hard to believe that as of today, it has been 6-weeks since the surgery.   This six weeks has flown by so much more quickly than the six week span between the initial appointment in Salt Lake City and the surgery.

We will be eternally grateful for the friends and family who have volunteered their time to come to Utah/Idaho and help out —  my sister Krystal, my friend Kristin, Cris’ sister Jessica, his Aunt Renee and his Mom — simply saying thank you seems to fall incredibly short in terms of letting them know how much their help has meant to our family.

As I’ve said many times in the last 6 weeks, especially in the last 3 days, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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