New Bionic Back

Posted on June 21, 2013 by sonjabarrie

Day 16 Post-op Woke up in a lot of pain this morning, we went for a short walk last night to a restaurant that was close, our first real meal out. I was OK for a while but sitting there did start to get the better of me after the first hour, even with 2 […]

Tim and Command Central

Posted on June 20, 2013 by sonjabarrie

Tim and Command Central No matter where we go in the world, Tim manages to run the world from command central!  We always take 2 monitors with us when we travel, one for him and one for me but as I can’t sit yet for more than half an hour, there’s not much point in […]

Day 14 post-op

Posted on June 19, 2013 by sonjabarrie

When we all talked about me getting that third disk put in, Dr Clavel warned me that it would take one to two extra weeks to recover, L5/S1 is harder to get to, so needs more recovery time. We decided it was worth it because I for sure was not going to be able to […]

What Tim didn’t tell you about the day of the operation!

Posted on June 15, 2013 by sonjabarrie

Tim kept a set of notes so he wouldnt forget anything when I woke up and wanted to know all the details!  Bless his cotton socks, his posts are short and upbeat (one of the reasons I love him) but sometimes he leaves out so much detail that you never really know the anquish he […]

Sonja left the hospital today and doesn’t need her stick!

Posted on June 13, 2013 by Tim Barrie

Missed a day, sorry guys!  Day 8 Post-Op Sonja left the hospital today and doesn’t need her stick! After a visit from Dr. Clavel, several from the nurses and a whole bunch of pills to take over the next several days as well a daily (anti-coagulant) injection pack, she has to do herself, they let […]

Sonja does not need any painkillers, for pain but…

Posted on June 11, 2013 by Tim Barrie

Sonja is certainly getting a lot of attention, I think the nurses and doctors have been to see Sonja 20 times today.  Her sense of humor is back and I’m listening to her now laughing and joking with a couple of nurses and the house doctor. Today Sonja had an EKG, also they took her […]

So, what exactly did Sonja have done?

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Tim Barrie

Here are a bunch of absolutly amazing and interesting resources (non-gory) showing what Sonja had done and what the Artificial Disks look like It's right out of Star Trek: First, the disk Check out this animation of how the disk is constructed and moves! Here is a graphic showing which disks she had replaced L3 […]

Sonja feels that she really turned a corner today

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Tim Barrie

Sonja feels like she turned a corner today. She got me out of bed in the morning and made me take her for a walk before I could even get dressed or get a coffee!!!!! After a short rest she then got up again so she could have breakfast sitting up. Within a few minutes […]

Generally Sonja is doing better, no pain just very weak

Posted on June 09, 2013 by Tim Barrie

11am Sunday June 9th – Day 4 Post-op Dr. Clavel came by (on a Sunday!! – I cannot even imagine a surgeon doing coming out to see his patients on a Sunday in the States).  He has Sonja and one other patient to see. He took the drain out and started reducing the morphine (2ml […]

I’m finding it therapeutic to write about this experience and…

Posted on June 08, 2013 by Tim Barrie

I'm finding it therapeutic to write about this experience and how Sonja is doing.   This is a first for me in lots of different ways… It's now 5:30pm Saturday for me here and after getting Sonja on feet and in a chair for a short period, eating lunch and getting her original dressing changed […]

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