A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words – and not just any picture.

After a long journey with back pain, and a recent trip to the ER, Russ had an MRI on Wednesday that showed a ruptured disc. He has an appointment with a spine specialist on Wednesday.

Of course, this complicates life – it also slows us down. Russ is in the midst of the semester, a large consulting project, and the remodel of our barn (which precedes the remodel of our garage), and being the father of a large and complicated family. I have no idea how everything is going to be affected.

I’m extremely thankful that he was able to have an MRI and that he can see the specialist so soon. It’s time for us to get serious about Russ’ health – and mine too.

Any awesome spine advice?

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Heidi McKnight
    September 28, 2013

    No advice on the spine but I just wanted to comment (yet again) and let you know that your many words of wisdom and your honesty about your family have greatly (and I mean greatly in a POSITIVE way) impacted how I run my 3rd grade, therapeutic classroom.  I learn so much from you!  I am praying for you all!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you, Heidi, I appreciate that.

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  2. randsauder
    September 28, 2013

    My husband had surgery the other summer.  He had a discectomy (I think).  The surgery was quite a success and he doesn’t have the pain that he used to have!  He was back in the office 2 days past surgery and doing his regular work 6-8 weeks later…being careful (maybe).

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2013

      That’s hopeful. Thanks!

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  3. Doris Mae
    September 28, 2013

    I am so, so sorry for you guys! Praying now for Russ, too!

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  4. One Thankful Mom - Lisa Qualls
    September 28, 2013

    Thanks, Doris. You and Matt have been a huge blessing through this.

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  5. Kathleen Hamer
    September 28, 2013

    ugh…. so sorry….praying

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  6. Robin Amos
    September 28, 2013

    I’m so sorry, Lisa!! Will be praying for Russ and all of you. My dad used Dr. William Ganz, a neurosurgeon in CDA.

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  7. Katie Szotkiewicz Patel
    September 28, 2013

    So sorry.. Will b praying

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  8. Monica Alderete Wright
    September 28, 2013

    Oh my! Will be praying for you!

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  9. Terry Carter
    September 28, 2013

    Call your sister, she has some experience in this area! Praying for you guys.

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  10. Amy Klassen Elder
    September 28, 2013

    My husband suffered with excruciating back pain from a ruptured disc for a long time. His dr. recommended a discectomy. Relatively simple surgery, and he has been pain free for years, and can do and lift anything (with care, of course). Best decision we made. Wish we hadn’t waited so long to do it.

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  11. Michele Schneidler
    September 28, 2013

    🙁

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  12. LuannYarrowDoman
    September 28, 2013

    I have several herniated and bulging discs. The most effective pain relief I have found is from applying peppermint essential oil, mixed with lotion or coconut oil, directly to the back. If you do it right after a hot shower, when the skin’s pores are all open, it’s most effective. It feels like an icy hot, but the peppermint is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Hope he feels better soon!
    PS: Love, love, love the picture. Is this from your most recent trip?

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks for that advice, Luann. It sounds like a great idea. The picture is actually three years old, but I love it. Dimples didn’t want us to take any pictures on our first day visiting and then I forgot on the second. We’ll be sure to get some pictures next time.

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  13. Elizabeth Andrews Carter
    September 28, 2013

    Major bummer! Two big thumbs down. We will be praying for him and all of you! Love you!

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  14. Sammiekf
    September 28, 2013

    The recomendations are usually to do other things then surgery. Of course this changes if he is having other symptoms them just pain. If he starts to have foot drop or bowl incontenance then surgery is warented and absolutly essential. My brother in law had surgery on his disk then a year later needed two more disks done since the first surgery, fusing the one disk, caused it to put more pressure on the other disks.
     Find a very good Physicial Therapist who does lots of back work. They often know when its something that with time and PT will get better, and when those things are not going to work.(they will have to work with him some to determine this) Try not to let the pressure of all the things he is trying to do, barn remodel, work pressures etc make your decision, (I know much easier said then done). 
    Do your research and weigh your options. Sending you a hug, these kind of things always seem to happen at the worst possible time, but as you mentioned, they also tell us to,slow down and take care of ourselfs.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2013

      Thanks for the information, Sammie. I got the name of a good PT tonight and some more information that will help us as we decide what to do. Thankfully, his pain is much better, so the idea of taking a little time to work toward healing without surgery seems like a more viable option.

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  15. sunflowers374
    September 28, 2013

    Oh friend. Praying.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 28, 2013

      Thank you, Sunflower. Come visit soon.

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  16. Daisy Correa
    September 29, 2013

    Lisa, please know that I will be praying for Russ’ health! I so enjoy reading your articles, they truly bless my heart!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      September 29, 2013

      Thank you, Daisy.

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  17. Tricia
    October 1, 2013

    as a double back surgery veteran, don't ignore it…. After he gets out of severe pain, yoga has been the absolutely best thing for me to maintain a healthy back – it is good for my stress as well :-). We have to be as healthy as possible to deal with the stress in our lives. Hope he feels better soon.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 1, 2013

      Thank you, Tricia. I was just telling Russ that this is probably the wake-up call we needed to get serious about his health. He's always been lean and strong, even without taking care of himself. Now it's time to focus a little bit, and frankly, I'm excited to have him alongside me as I try to become healthier too.

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  18. Melissa
    October 1, 2013

    Please, please find the best physical therapist you can find–though it can take time, I would try this route long before any surgery is considered.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      October 1, 2013

      Thank you for that good advice, Melissa. We were given the name of a PT who we hear is wonderful. I hope Russ can get in soon.

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