That Crazy Christmas of 2004 Part One…Friday’s Giveaway

This is what I looked like at Thanksgiving 2004

The events that helped to shape the Christmas of 2004 actually began in mid-November…I’d been experiencing neck problems on and off for about ten years.  I attributed most of it to arthritis.  I’d also been volunteering for our local animal shelter for several months.  A part of my volunteer program included transporting puppies and kittens to public places in an effort to find homes for them.  Every weekend I would put several puppies and kittens in carriers and load them in my van.  All of the loading and unloading, plus carrying the pet carriers full of animals began to aggravate my neck  and make it hurt worse.

One particular night when I was in a good bit of discomfort, I asked my husband to use our electric massager on my neck.  He turned on the heat, and ran the massager up and down my neck.  The next day I was in excruciating pain!  To make a long story short, I ended up having to have a cervical fusion done on my c-5 and c-6 neck vertebrae on December 10!  I suppose the disc had been going bad for a while,  but I thought it was arthritis.  Carrying the animal carriers made it worse.  The vibrating neck massager must’ve been the final straw that finished off the bad disc, because it was after that when I began having the really bad, never-ending pain–after which my fingers began going numb.  I was referred to a neurosurgeon and told I quickly needed surgery before permanent damage was done to my spinal cord by the bulging disc.

So–in the midst of Christmas preparations, I was busy having tests and surgery!  I also had to present the hospital with four hundred dollars up-front before I could have the surgery done, and the neurosurgeon who performed the surgery had to have some money up front, also.  Not exactly the plans that I had for that money during the month of December!

I had the surgery and was released on the same day.  I felt great afterward…no pain!  I’d been promised instant relief after the surgery, and I got it!   In fact, I felt so good that I made Ed stop by Kmart on the way home.  I sent him in the store to look something,  and I was supposed to wait in the car.  After a bit, I decided that I would get out and go in Kmart myself!  I never looked in the mirror to see what I looked like.  If I had, I would”ve stayed in the car!!! 

So Ed cames back to the car and discovered that I was gone.  He immediately panicked and thoughts I’d wandered off in a drugged state of stupor.  Meanwhile, I’d gone to the Christmas department of Kmart to pick of a piece that I wanted to go in my Gingerbread Village!  Ed came back inside of the store, found me making my purchase, and ushered me back to the car!  Ed said I looked like a wild, crazy woman wandering around Kmart!  Nobody would’ve ever guessed that I’d had surgery just two or three hours before!  After all, there was only a band-aid on my neck!

Guess what I got for Christmas that year, besides being pain-free?  An $80,000 hospital bill!  Merry Christmas to me!  It was okay though, it was worth every penny!  To be continued…

That’s it for part one of my crazy Christmas story.  I have lots more to tell about that Christmas!  How about you, do you have a Christmas story that you’d like to share?  If not, just leave a comment of any kind,  and I’ll enter your name in my Friday Giveaway.  This week’s prize is a Bath and Body Works WallFlower.  The scent is Kitchen Spice.  Your husband will come home and think you’ve been baking all day!  I love my Wallflowers.  In fact, I have this same scent in my kitchen now!  Contest ends on Sunday night at midnight EST.  Anyone leaving comments about anything over the entire weekend is eligible to win.  Good luck!

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  1. Hi there! Just found your blog, and it’s super cute! Would love to win this giveaway! Thanks!

  2. I feel so bad for you having to go through that at Christmas time but I guess becoming pain free more than makes up for the timing.
    I wonder what pain free feels like.
    I am going to write something about Chirstmases but I am in the middle of something else this moment so I won’t be posting until tomorrow.

    • Yes, the surgery was well worth having to relieve that pain. I am sorry to hear that you have pain…bummer. I, too, have chronic pain–but thankfully not every single day. People who are healthy and painfree should count their blessings–twice!

  3. Kathy, Your stories are so great. I am glad the surgery went well. Why did he think you looked wild lol? I posted some game freebies on my blog. If you look back through the Friday Posts and Freebies… you will find more. Have a great weekend my friend. Audrey

  4. WOW! I am hoping that the surgery was a success for you . I too have many bad discs in my whole back and would LOVE to be pain free. I hope all is well and if not too late i would love this gift as well.

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