it's been a while since I've shared an update with you all, so here it is! First off, thank you all so much again for all the help, it's been amazing, and a large weight off my shoulder.
My progress has been great! my walking is practically normal, a little weak and wobbly at times, kinda like a baby giraffe, but for the most part you wouldn't know!
The pain is also far less than it was, my doctor did up my Gabapentin to 1200mg 3 times a day, but I barely use the Dilaudid any more because there isn't much extra pain. The Gabapentin is for nerve pain. If I didn't use it, because of nerve damage, my skin is very painful and the lightest touch burns. It's getting better though!
I still have a few numb areas on my legs, back and left hip, and I get some nerve spurts of pain that feels like bug stings, but I like to think that means my nerves are coming back to life. I see my neurosurgeon on Monday, so I will see what he has to say. I also get to see X-rays of my robo-back!
I can't wait to get back to work, but I still have a hard time standing for long periods of time, and it's really hard to pick things up from the ground over 10lbs.
Other than that, things are looking great!
My friends in the band Motion City Soundtrack have been an amazing help as well. They (along with Shirts for a Cure) made an awesome benefit shirt for me which you can get here: http://wonkybonkers.tumblr.com/post/26856356762/keepabreast-jessicaxmaria
There is a also a benefit concert in Milwaukee on Oct 7 with Motion City Soundtrack! for more info, go here: http://therave.com/concert_details.asp?id=4736
Thank you again everyone for all the help! I can't say it enough. I wish all the best for you as well.