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ACDF Surgery Recovery Update

Today is 60 days since I had my surgery.

November 6 I began to wean myself off of the brace/collar and was totally done on November 15th. No brace anymore!! I was also given permission to drive again!

Living without the brace…my neck is a little stiff still, and range of motion is limited. I have to be very careful, no sudden movements, no strenuous activities, etc.,. I am doing the daily 4 hour Stim Cell magnetic therapy, it’s become part of my morning routine ~If you’d like to learn more about the device and how the therapy works, check it out here: https://www.orthofix.com/ifus/cervical-stim/

Shampooing my hair is still needing to be done in a gingerly fashion, I’m looking forward to filming shampoo videos again, but they will have to be done in a tub; the weight of my mane entirely wet is too much for my neck to bear at this point. In time, in time…. I’m a patient woman, I can wait….

I have virtually NO pain, other than an occasional headache, and muscle spasms. My old neck pain is gone, and I can’t tell you how wonderful that is! I feel so good! I feel like I can do MORE than the limitations they’ve put on me, but I don’t want to go against Dr.’s orders. That means no lifting over 5 lbs, no overhead reaching ( I do this sometimes, oops) and no strenuous activities. Unlimited walking and stair climbing privileges.

The incision scar looks great. I have obtained some medical honey to help with the healing and scarring, hopefully it will fade soon and be less obvious. But you know what? if it doesn’t I’m fine with it. It’s not that bad, really. Will post pics in next update.

I have another appointment December 3rd with the surgeon and will have more to report then.
Thanks for reading, and being concerned about me. I appreciate you. xoxox

Leona

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ACDF Surgery Update

Today I am 30 days post op. I am doing great, I think!

I had an appointment Thursday with the surgeons Nurse Practitioner. They took a couple of xrays of my neck and said everything looks great so far. I was given a CervicalStim Device to wear for 4 hours a day, every day, for the next 12-18 months. I have osteoporosis and this magnetic therapy will help my bones fuse better.

My incision looks great; there was one piece of surgical tape that would not come off on its own, so she took it off for me in the office. In a couple of weeks, I can begin application of scar reducing products, but really, right now, it’s not that visible. I’ll post some pics next update.

The neck brace(s)…On November 6th I can begin to ‘wean’ myself off of it/them. Like this: On Nov. 6 I take the brace off for an hour. Next day, for two hours, next day 4 hours & so on, until I reach 16 hours consecutive awake hours without the brace on. Now THAT was the news I wanted to hear. I am soooo looking forward to getting rid of these braces. It’s wrecking my hair having it in these braids all the time. I am beginning to really despise velcro. ugh.

RA meds… She said they want me off the RA meds for 3 months. I was shocked, but ok…Week of Dec. 3rd will be when I can start back; as long as healing is on schedule. I see the surgeon on Dec. 3rd, I’m sure they will take more xrays and can let me know for sure that day. I’m having some RA ‘twinges’ here and there, but it’s nothing I can’t handle.

Sleeping is up and down…more good night sleeps than not, but the not nights suck lol. I woke up this morning with a bad sinus headache and sore neck. Go figure. It’s gonna happen from time to time, I am taking it one day at a time, literally.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

xoxox

L

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ACDF Surgery Update

Long read, but want to keep everyone updated Surgery update: Today is day 14 since I had the ACDF Surgery. Here’s what that is: “Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a type of neck surgery that involves removing a damaged disc to relieve spinal cord or nerve root pressure and alleviate corresponding pain, weakness, numbness, and tingling. A discectomy is a form of surgical decompression, so the procedure may also be called an anterior cervical decompression.” I had C3-7 discs replaced. You can read more about it here if you would like: https://www.spine-health.com/…/acdf-anterior-cervical…

Waking up from the surgery in my hospital room I was in considerable pain and discomfort, and HOT as a MOFO. I was losing my mind I was so hot. BikerMan found a fan in the hallway and stripped me down and put a cold rag on my head and the fan on my body. IDC that I was butt naked it was HOT and I needed cooling off lol. I have had surgery several times before and never had an issue like that coming out of anesthesia, but this being 2020, that wasn’t the case with this time. I was very nauseous the entire day of/ after the surgery and actually got sick twice during that first night. My night nurse, James, was a trooper, and a great nurse. I had vomited on myself and he had to clean me up and was very gracious and compassionate about it. I will not say that about the rest of the nurses I encountered, but James and his assistant were top notch medical professionals. Hell yeah. I went home the afternoon after my surgery, uncomfortable ride it was lol. I was loopy on drugs, couldn’t lay down due to the hard neck brace, made for a long ride home 80 miles away.

My hair. It’s been 15 days since I shampooed last. I need to do one soon, and honestly, I’m scared to. Idk how or when we are going to attempt this, but it needs to be soon. It’s in two braids now, not the 4 that the Dr. requested I do. He also requested that I coil the 4 braids into buns on the side of my head. lol Leia buns! My daughter suggested I shampoo one side of my head at a time since it’s in two braids. That is probably what we will do. One side one day, the other side the next. As of yesterday I am off the pain pills, steroids and antibiotics, I don’t like taking opiods, and I’m not really in pain without them. Muscle spasms in my back, yes, that is still happening. But there’s no incision pain (other than tenderness), and occasional headache, which I’m taking tylenol for. I will probably take a muscle relaxer tonight after supper, but I’ve not needed one yesterday or today yet. Hopefully I will be able to start back on my Enbrel and other RA meds soon, I can feel some RA symptoms creeping in, I don’t need that! lol I think my incision is healing well enough to start them back, but it’s not up to me. BikerMan has been absolutely wonderful during all this post op care and new normal ( for awhile anyway). I’ve not been the best and most patient patient, and at times have been rude to my husband. I feel horrible about that. I’m sorry love. Anything I need he is right there with it. Sleeping is a struggle daily…It’s getting easier though. Finding a comfortable position is the problem, and not needing so many pillows that there’s not room for BikerMan on the bed, lol. He said He could cuddle up at my feet like jax does, lol. I love him, he’s wonderful and thoughtful through it all. I’m able to shower, dress and feed myself, and braid my hair. Other things I am still limited, no driving, no lifting over 5 lbs, no overhead reaching, no heavy pushing or pulling. Neck collars/brace 24/7 unless showering. Limit my head/neck movement as much as possible. I do have unlimited walking and stair climbing privileges, so I’ve been doing as much walking around as I can. Sorry for the long read, just thought I’d post about it in case anyone was wondering. Taking this one day at a time.

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I Have A Date Tomorrow

I have a date tomorrow, and yes, my husband is OK with this. Long read ahead, but it’s very important!! Please read.

My date is with a surgeon.

Tomorrow I will be having surgery on my neck. Finally. I have degenerative disc disease along with bone spurs & my C3-7 discs are gone, basically. The degeneration of the discs and resulting compression of the vertebra has caused my spinal cord to be pinched/bruised in this area. They also told me that my bones are already starting to fuse themselves together. I will be in the hospital overnight, and wearing a collar for 6-8 weeks 24/7 except for eating and showering. Soft foods for a couple weeks, no lifting over 10 pounds…I’m very grateful that BikerMan knows how to braid and take care of my hair. I’m going to need major help with it these next couple months. Thank you in advance baby. The Dr. has requested that I have two braids on each side of my head and that the braids be made into a bun on each side. In other words, I’ll be rolling into surgery rocking some princess leia braided buns lol. I was going to wear a single braid ~ they want it bound and out of the way for real. Leia braided buns it is then. This surgery is a blessing, I’ve been in tremendous pain, debilitating at times, in my neck for many years now. The past few months, I’ve noticed the pain changing, moving to my extremities and NOT responding to pain relief methods that has previously worked for years. I don’t like going under the knife but I need this surgery or my condition will only worsen over time. The longer I go without it, my spinal cord would be injured worse, and cause damage that cannot be undone. I should have had this done years ago, but I was a patient of a doctor that neglected the severity of my condition. Thank goodness I found a new RA Dr. that helped me with this on my first visit with her.  She ordered an MRI, gave me a muscle relaxer, and a topical gel that gave me relief. Previous Dr. never did ANYTHING to help me with my neck condition. Not even refer me to a Dr. that would help. But anyway…..I’m rid of him, and am in good capable hands now. That’s what matters. In my case, this condition is hereditary. From who I inherited this from I’ve no idea, my sister has this same condition and has had this same surgery, same levels before. I’ve been leaning on her a lot for advice and her experience. Also have a friend who had this surgery but just two levels. So I do have some folks around me to talk to about their experience, etc. All this being said, I’m nervous as hell. But….. I can’t wait to not feel this pain in my neck. I can’t wait for the day the muscles in my neck aren’t feeling like they have marbles in them. I can’t wait for the pain to not be there 24/7. I’m hopeful, but scared. lol Positive vibes, prayers everything accepted. My love to all, and see ya’ll on the flip side!

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Here’s what’s going on…

First, THANK YOU for visiting LongHairDivas.Com, for years now, it has been my ‘home’ on the internet. I have changed the name of my subscription site to LeonasLongHair.Com … please allow me to explain why:

I need a change. Times change, people change…

When LHD was launched in May 2005 the concept of the site was to have a continual carousel of longhaired models from around the world and at first, it was working well and I had models shooting for me all the time. Now, well, it’s extremely difficult to find models. Pretty much it’s been just ME since 2008. Rayvn stopped shooting, and Dawn is intermittent with her availability. I’ve been thinking of making my site all about ME for years now, and originally when I left LongHairPortraits to go out on my own, LeonasLongHair was to be the site. It was my ex husbands idea to add the other girls, citing that I was in my late 30’s and couldn’t ‘do this forever’. Boy was he fucking wrong.

I want my site to be all about me from the name down to the content. LeonasLongHair has been an active domain for the past 15 years, I forwarded it to LHD, but now it is changed. My site is now LeonasLongHair.Com and I am SOOOOO excited!

Current members, nothing has changed. Just the name of the site. It’s still on the same server, has the same content (although some of the girls will be coming off), just the name has changed. Your log in is still the same. I have to get with Vicky Vette to get the cam page worked out; I tested it this morning and it’s prompting for a username and password. Go ahead and enter your username and password ~ it should get you into the cam room, should you want to view one of the live shows before the new link is in place. When the new link is in place you will not be prompted for a username and password to enter the cam area.

The new site will load slow at first, but the speed will pick up as the cache fills. I thank you in advance for your patience during this transition. My team is working in the background to make sure it’s going as seamlessly as possible. If you should happen to run into a problem let me know asap so I can forward it on to them.

All that being said….I thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me and my site for all these years, and I’m looking forward to the new site and new look that will be coming with it. and as always: THANK YOU FOR LOVING LONG HAIR. IT TRULY IS A PLEASURE FOR ME TO SHARE MY LONGHAIR WITH YOU.

xoxoxo

Leona