Thursday, August 5, 2004

My road to recovery...

Hi there,

Pretty In Pink!Thanks everybody for your get well wishes and all that. I just wanted to update you all and let you know that I'm doing ok. As most of you already know, I was working for WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) on a developmental contract and I got hurt in the ring. So I've been in a lot of pain since February of this year. I went to 5 different doctors and they all recommended surgery to fix my problem in my neck. WWE finally came thru for me and sent me out to one of the top neurosurgeons in the country, Dr. Youngblood in San Antonio, Texas. He's a great doctor and he's the one who has fixed a bunch of their wrestler's necks (Stone Cold, Lita, Hardcore Holly, Rhyno, Chris Benoit, etc.). On July 27th, I had a major surgery... a 2 level fusion in my neck @ c5-c6 and c6-c7, plus they shaved off some bone spurs, etc. So now, I'm as good as new! Yay! :)

As for how I'm feeling, I'm doing fine, especially considering the circumstances. The surgery was pretty intense, I'm not going to lie. They had to move my voice box over as well as my muscles out of the way so they could get in there and operate. Trippy huh?! As my friend Heather posted in my yahoo group, on the first day immediately after my surgery, the doctor and a few of the nurses were wheeling me in my bed back up to my hospital room. The doctor told me that at some point that day, I had to walk a lap around my section of the hospital. He told me that he would be sending someone from the physical therapy department up to my room. I told him, "Why don't we just walk right now?!". So immediately after my surgery, I was up walking around the hospital with him.

I wanted to let you guys know how amazing Dr. Youngblood is! He took such good care of me. He knew that I was worried about my scar, so he even went to the trouble of having a plastic surgeon come in and assist him with making my scar look as aesthetic as possible. I can't even begin to tell you what a caring doctor he is. Now I see why Stone Cold was raving about that guy! He truly is an awesome doctor. I already know that he fixed me. The stabbing pains in my back/neck/upper trap area were gone the moment I woke up from surgery. Same with the numbness in my fingers and the radiculopathy (pain that ran down my arm). I think I am going to get my strength back completely, it is already a lot better. I am very impressed with that doctor and would highly recommend him to anyone considering having back or neck surgery. If anyone out there needs a referral, let me know. There's a reason he's one of the top surgeons in the country!

I've taken some pics of myself in my groovy new neck brace, my new scar that looks like I got attacked and had my throat slit by some psycho killer (the scar actually looks really good right now and I know it will be undetectable before too long) etc.

I'm back in Cali now and things are going well with my recovery. I can't wait to get this neck brace off. I can only take it off when I shower. It gets annoying!

Anyway, thanks for thinking of me. :) I'm getting better each and every day and it's only been a little over a week.

I know that I am behind in responding to my comments but rest assured that I am reading everything.

Take care,
Bobbi B.