View Full Version : Driving long distances

07-08-2011, 04:06 PM
Just another quick post on milestones for you who are concerned about traveling.

Before surgery, I would only last an hour at the most before becoming very uncomfortable. It was necessary to take vicodin before any travel, and I HATE taking meds. The nerve pain, sciatica, and compressed feeling in the torso were just so much worse when sitting for long distances. Since surgery, we have been taking progressively longer and longer trips and have done fine.

I decided to take a gamble and drove alone to see my daughter and her family 2 weeks ago. It was a 6 hour drive, and I'm happy to report that I did AMAZING. And my car is pretty small. There isn't much room to move around. I can not believe that I drove the entire ways with no more pain. I do drive with a little pillow strategically placed, but I did it! Then I slept on the floor for 3 nights. Granted, it was padded with lots of blankets and a camping pad, but it was fine. Then to top it off, I drove home without stopping, not even to stretch like I normally do, in order to make it to a birthday party for my mother in law. And in NO PAIN again.

A couple days ago we went hiking back in to some waterfalls. My strength is getting better, but it definitely has a ways to go still. And my endurance is limited. The steep hills and stairs/steps were pretty tough, but I just paced myself and rested when I need to. It was so great to get out into the forest again. So peaceful and beautiful!

Yesterday I went for my 6 month check up and my doctor just shook her head and said I was amazing. My husband shakes his head and says I'm stubborn! I do push it sometimes, but never out of the realm of safety. I am paranoid about twisting or stressing the spine, but know my limits and what I can or cannot do comfortably and with the right mechanics. Everything I've done so far has worked for me. I know I heal faster if I keep active and not just sit around.

So keep on walking, girls!!! It is worth it and so important for recovery. And if you are in recovery, you will be amazed at how you progress. I am doing things I didn't do just a month ago, and some things I haven't done for years-or at least not been able to do pain free for a long, long time!

07-08-2011, 11:05 PM

You are doing great, I think much better than I did at 6 months. It gets better!

Well heck, I have to throw my Mammoth photo from last week someplace!


07-08-2011, 11:21 PM
Great news Jenee! Keep up the good work. If you feel good now, wait until you're 12 months post op! :D

07-09-2011, 08:16 AM
You are something! I feel great and only one week ahead of you, however, I can't imagine sleeping on the floor! Your positive posts are an inspiration to everyone.
Ed-great picture!

loves to skate
07-09-2011, 10:44 AM
I'm so happy for you Jenee. You are doing great. You and Ed are an inspiration to us all.

Ed, the scenery along with you is awesome.


07-09-2011, 02:45 PM
That's beyond amazing. The hardest part for me would be sleeping on the floor--no way! That's great. Ed, the picture looks like you're having a great time. Jaent

07-09-2011, 03:33 PM
Ed, I'm so jealous!!!! I am so anxious to get back on boards next year!!!! That is the one thing that sort of scares me, you just have no control when you crash!!! And it will be VERY hard to keep it mellow....

07-09-2011, 09:32 PM
that is so great to hear!!!

I can't sleep on the floor, but I have stayed several places recently that were just regular beds (I've only been able to sleep on a bed if it had a memory foam topper or mattress for the last 4 years exclusively, and it made it impossible to travel, along with the pain from car rides etc) but I had no trouble sleeping in them at all. It's amazing for sure.

So glad to hear you're doing so well, and I agree that walking and keeping active really does help! Happy for you!