...because sometimes in life you just have to concede defeat and start over.
As many of you know I've had a pretty significant setback recently. I herniated the C5-C6 disk in my neck. The herniated disk was pressing on my spinal cord and I was losing strength and control in the left side of my body, especially my left arm. It was exquisitely painful as well.
I was diagnosed in the beginning of February and almost immediately went for surgical correction before the nerve damage was permanent. The disk was removed, a cadaver bone was inserted in its place, and the whole thing was screwed together with a plate. Between the time leading up to diagnosis and recuperation time post-surgery, I've been out of the gym sitting on my ass for a good 6 to 7 months now (depending on if you count the month of crappy workouts I had in December while trying to ignore the injury).
I've finally, after months of physical restriction, been given the all clear to resume working out.
I am weak. Very very weak. This journal will be the record of my path back to where I was before, and hopefully a bit further.
I've attached part of one set of MRI's that shows the squished spinal cord. I've also attached 3 x-rays post surgery. They were taken yesterday. In the MRI, my spinal cord is the upper horizontal white band that is pinched in the middle...