16 August 2012

Some news

Hi there!

Just a short post to let you know that we are safe home after our vacation in South-Africa.
A holiday though that turned out not to be an actual holiday...

I've been suffering from head, neck shoulder and right arm pain for some time now, and after arriving in SA, I visited an orthopaedic surgeon, as well as a neuro-surgeon. The news was not so good... I was admitted for surgery the following morning.
They removed 2 degenerated discs in my neck (between C5-6 and C6-7), and replaced the discs with bone obtained from my hip. The affected vertebrae were then fused using screws and a plate, making my x-ray looking like this example.
My weakening right arm was caused by a nerve being pinched between 2 vertebrae. The nerve was freed, and I am doing daily exercises to strengthen the muscles .
It's been 5 weeks since the surgery, and I am still wearing a hard collar to protect my neck. Still one week to go, then another 2 weeks with  soft collar protection, and another 2 weeks only when I drive or travel by car.
So... it will still be some time before I get crafting!

Thanks to those sending e-mails and comments about my whereabouts! I REALLY appreciate you all and hope you will bear with me through the healing process!

Keep safe and healthy!


Desire Fourie said...

Hannelie, eks so jammer om te hoor van die groot noodoperasie wat jy moes ondergaan. Sjoe jy moes verskriklike pyn gehad het. Vertrou jy voel al stukke beter. Sterkte. Het gewonder waar jy is.
Mooi bly

OlgaB said...

Sterkte!!! Jy is in ons gedagtes en gebede!!

Marlena M. said...

I pray for rapid healing and comfort! Thanks for the update, Hannelie.

Sharon said...

I have been wondering where you've been Hannelie, but know some people are very private and don't want to be contacted whilst on vacation. So so sorry to hear that you needed and operation. Pleased it is over and done with and I welcome you back to blogland, have certainly missed you and wish you a speedy recovery. Tons of hugs, Sharon xx

Sue Nicholson said...

Hiya Hannelie
Speedy recovery, you have been missed. Cheers Sue N x

mylittlecardstudio.blogspot.com said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery and i hope you are back to full strength and crafting soon. Take care, hugs, Jill x

Kelly Schelske said...

Oh my goodness Hannelie, wishing you a speedy recovery. Thinking of you!

Dorte said...

Hi Hannelie, I have been missing you and your wonderful creations all summer, glad to see you posting, saying that you're here. Wishing you a speed recovery,
hugs Dorte

Betta said...

Sono davvero dispiaciuta e spero di cuore che tutto si risolva presto e al meglio!!

Lisa Kind said...

Oh my! I hope you recover fully very soon and can get back to crafting! Relax and get well!

Edwina said...

Hi Hannelie, I have missed your cards and sentiments. i am glad you made it safely home. I hope you heal quickly. Take care. Edwina Brown

Amelia said...

Hallo Hannelie, jammer om te hoor van jou operasie maar is baie bly om te hoor dat dit al stukke beter gaan. Ek het jou vrolike en kleurvolle kaartjies baie gemis. Pas jouself mooi op en ek dink aan jou.

Lee said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. Hoop dat jy gou weer beter voel. Sterkte.

kud said...

Hi Hannelie

Glad to see you back and so sorry you were not well.. Can't wait to see some new creations!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear from you, Hannelie. So sorry about your health. Wishing you a speedy recovery and hopefully not too much more pain.

Have thoroughly enjoyed your cards and very grateful for your generosity in the sharing of your wonderful creations. Thanks a whole bunch.

Looking forward to your return.

Please take care,