Thursday, December 22, 2011

An Update on My Health

Hi All,

Many of my Facebook friends have already heard this so please forgive me for repeating myself.

Over a period of 3 months I have suffered a great deal with severe back pain.  My doctor finally did an MRI on me and found I have a ruptured disc and a pinched nerve.  My Neurosurgeon was very concerned because over the months it took to finally diagnose what was wrong with me, I had developed a limp that they call drop foot.  This could end up as a permanent limp and can become worse, with an exaggerated limp, if I waited much longer to have the surgery.  My doctor wanted me to do the surgery right away but I couldn't because I had been on Motrin for quite some time (Motrin thins your blood).  I had to wait 2 weeks to get the Motrin out of my system before I could do the surgery.  I had a vacation scheduled to go to Costa Rica for two weeks.  My doctor didn't want me to go but I told him I couldn't cancel (I was leaving for the trip in just 2 days) besides, I could spend the two week period relaxing on a beach or stay at home and play with my three Rottweilers, LMAO.  He agreed that if I was very careful I could go on the vacation.  We took care all of my pre-op stuff right then and there and I left for vacation in 2 days (unfortunately I had to be very careful and couldn't do a lot of things even if I was on medication to control the pain).  I got home from Costa Rica December 11th and on December 12th I had back surgery and went home on the 13th.  My doctor stressed that I should not be bumped around or fall (yeah right, with 3 Rottweilers in the house).  So with that being said.... my husband came up with the great idea of putting an X-pen around my reclining chair so the dogs can't get to me and try to climb up in my lap or jump up on me.  So that explains the picture of me with a fence around my chair, LOL.

Up until now I have been in to much pain to deal with much of anything.  Fortunately I am starting to feel better so therefore I should be able to start working on Simba the lion again.  I'm thinking I will try to do some drawing tomorrow.  I just have to figure out how to do it while I am reclining, my doctor says I  can't do to much sitting.  Hopefully I will have an update to Simba soon.

I want to thank all of my followers for being patient while I have not been very consistent with my art and blog posts.  You all have a Happy Holiday and most of all..... Keep Scribbling!



  1. So happy to hear you are on the mend. I was diagnosed with similar problem early this year (but not as serious as yours, I avoided surgery but had to have steroid injections and 3 times weekly adjustments for 7 months).

    It will be lovely to see more of your work but don't rush in too soon and hamper recovery.

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2012. If we were closer we'd love to dog sit/dog walk (we have a soft spot for Rotties).

  2. Hi Gemma, I hope you recover well (and quickly) and that the surgery leaves you feeling 110%. Glad you were still able to go on your trip but it must have been hard to be extra careful, not to mention being in pain. I wish you all the best over the holidays and in this upcoming year! Looking forward to seeing the lion progress. Colette

  3. Hi Sue, Yeah I tried several things first too hence the 3 months before the MRI. When I developed the foot drop they felt it would become permanent and maybe even worse if I didn't do the surgery. I'm so glad I did the surgery, now the nerve pain is almost completely gone. I do have pain from the surgery but that will pass. Thanks for checking in and you have a Merry Christmas too!!

  4. Hi Colette, thanks so much for your well wishes and you have a wonderful holiday! Gemma

  5. I am a newbie to colored pencil and a big fan of your work. I'll be praying for a speedy recovery for you! :)

  6. Well thank you mLane... I really appreciate that!!

  7. Sounds like you are finally coming out the other side of all of this and I can only imagine how relieved you are. I wish you a very speedy recovery and may you have a very healthy 2012! Happy New Year Gemma, take care.

  8. Awwww... thank you Teresa!! I am glad to know that eventually I will be free of pain. Happy New Year to you too!!!