The surgery was mostly a success. By that, I mean it did what it was intended to do, which was to prevent further damage to my spinal cord. But nothing comes without a price.
Aside from the drugs I've had to take for pain, which have had effects ranging from moderate sleepiness to hellish hallucinations... I've completely lost the use of my right arm. It's still there, it just won't do anything. It's kinda like having a very large rubber chicken attached to my shoulder.
The doctors assure me that this is a temporary phenomenon, but right now it's a huge pain in the ass for three reasons:
- I'm a copywriter. I rely on the written word to make bank each month. Fortunately, voice recognition software solves much of the typing problem, except occassionally the medicine will kick in, and "disappointed" will come out on the screen as "This is Porn Ted". Toss in a beer, and it's all over.
- Ever tried to cook one handed? I've been living on veggie burgers and Veggie Shreds quesadillas for weeks.
- I can't drive. Well, not more than a couple of blocks. Even that's kinda scary. So when I get inspired to create some new vegan dish, I'm kinda up the river.
We're going to assume that this is indeed temporary, and that life will get back to normal in the coming weeks. I hope so, because I have a slew of new recipes to try out and (hopefully) post.
Anyway, hope all is well with each of you! I look forward to getting back to blogging full time very soon.