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Well guys I am back home, got home Tuesday evening about 7pm! Both docs were amazed, their words not mine, at how well I was doing. I feel the best I have felt since before my 1st surgery on 9-26-17! I feel much better overall, I am very alert and much better off mentally, like a fog had been lifted. Now I have a 26 inch incision, over 120 staples, several layers of stitching, and am in very little to no pain! I often only take one low dosage pain pill to help me sleep at night, since that is when pain rears its head, and it is usually a small burning sensation that comes and goes, about 90% less pain than the other 3 surgeries. I am about 4x stronger than my last surgery, as I had worked the past 3 months to rebuild my upper body strength, and was able to get up and go to the bathroom on a walker with no difficulty 4 hours after surgery! In a conference with both docs yesterday morning, it was decided that I was well enough to go home and bypass the rehab at the hospital, since I walked down the hall and back on crutches without any issues, and very few issues at all. The docs discussed how sick I was at the last surgery, and told me, very seriously, that they had given me a 50/50 chance of making it after the surgery, due to having 2 major bacterial infections. They also discussed the nursing staff had all remarked how they could not believe how well I was doing this time, compared to the last surgery, since I had nearly 100% of the same staff. When all was said and done, I told the doctors, I appreciated how much they and their staff had done for me, but in the big picture, God had his hand in all of it, and the prayers of a lot of good friends had lifted me up, especially thru the last 4 months, and we needed to give God the praise first and foremost. They both agreed, and we had prayer before they left. I cannot thank all of you enough for the prayers and thoughts and support the last year and a half and 4 surgeries, I feel blessed to know everyone of you all! Now I don't mean to sound preachy, but after going thru all I have in the past few months, and be in the shape I am today, it is truly as close to a miracle as you can get, especially the last 5 days. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS, I feel like I would not be here if not for these. Buff out!
 

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That is great

Sam; good to hear that you are doing so well. I too believe that God has a hand in all that goes on in our lives and it is his will that pulls us through.
Continued prayers for your continued improvement. Keep on improving and getting stronger. You will be out and about doing everything you enjoy before long. God is good.
BTW it would take all three of my surgeries scares to total that much. Then add the double scare on my back and I have you beat. I somehow twisted my one natural knee a few days ago and it is pretty sore but getting better.
 

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Fantastic. Prayer works! ;)
 

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Praying for you Sam

Great news
 

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Absolutely outstanding Amigo. You are giving credit where it's due.
About time you made solid plans to attend, shoot and chew the phat this May @ Jackie's. After all, it has been a while. 🙂
 

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Sam, I agree with Tom, that you have ZERO excuse to miss the BBB on the second Saturday of May. I absolutely believe in the power of prayer and your recovery is indeed a miracle.
 

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Keep up the good work, Sam. You're an object lesson for all of us!
 
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