Neurosurgery Follow-Up #freedom #turtleshell


Today was my 6 week follow-up appointment with the neurosurgeon for my initial spine surgery.  I’ve been waiting for this appointment for a long time to get out of this back brace (i.e. turtle shell) I’ve been in for the past month and a half.  There’s only so much Netflix to catch-up on and sitting at home playing video games doesn’t quite have the same appeal as it did in college. The worst part of all of this was that I wasn’t allowed to lift more than 5 lbs since the surgery, meaning my 13 lb 12 oz, 5 month old daughter, Avery, was off limits. Being a new father, the thing you want to do most is hold your baby.

After my appointment I’m happy to report that I’ve been cleared! No more turtle shell and no more weight limits; I just need to ease back into everything.  It’s an awesome feeling to be liberated from the back brace and it’s one step closer to going back to my normal life. As soon as I got home, I got to pick up Avery and it was the best feeling. Hopefully the good news keeps coming!

6 thoughts on “Neurosurgery Follow-Up #freedom #turtleshell

  1. Dan! Thank you for keeping us updated! I wish I had been in St Mary’s ED that night. The attending who was on that night with you let it slip to me about what happened. We were talking about cases in general when he was telling me and suddenly he realized I may know you. You have silently been in my prayers since and will continue to be. Thanks to Samir too!

    Love you buddy! You GOT this! And I’ll keep praying for you!


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