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Friday, 3/28 The Surgeon and My Surgeries

Friday, March 28, 2014

Hi All,

It's been a long day--I only have part of the information I expected to have, but I will have it all by mid-week. I had my CT scans of my thoracic and lumbar spine. Apparently the pictures are somewhat deceiving according to the doctor, but after another stern talk about finding myself in the "most miserable situation of my entire life," we all agreed that I am in pretty awful shape and the only chance I have to be in a better situation is to do the surgeries. I do not have the date yet, because the procedures must include a second surgeon, much like my lumbar fusion did. An abdominal specialist has the job of moving my organs out of the way so Dr. Mendoza can access my spine and then replacing them in their original location after Dr. M is done. This doctor was not in today. Dr. Mendoza's office manager will put my schedule and dates together "by the middle of the week next week" and call me. She said that it would most likely be scheduled within a month.

Dr. M is very happy with my exercise routines and my attitude, and he believes that after a very difficult month where I will be "totally dependent on others," then I will start getting better by leaps and bounds. I am doing my best to push my activity and the intensity of what I am doing. After those appointments, I had a dentist appointment before I went to the pool, exercised and swam a half mile. I think I got in almost an hour of walking on top of things today as well. I am banking on the fact that the better shape that I am in prior to surgery, the better off I will be.

The first surgery is to put a significant spacer in between my vertebrae to force my spine to bend in the correct position. The second surgery is about securing my spine so it doesn't go off in any other unwanted directions. I asked about my prior lumbar fusion and he told me that normally he would remove the plates and basically start over, but because I had the infection, the bones won't have the proper mass and he wouldn't be able to secure things appropriately. He is going to secure things higher up than he would under other circumstances, acknowledging the previous issues which put me in this position.

On a different note, I also went to Goodwill tonight and got the greatest drapes for my son's living room. After pricing new sheers, these were only 2.32 a panel and I bought 6 of them for less than two new sheers would have cost. I am so tickled because these are far better than anything I could have bought new or made. Tomorrow is our son's party and the day we finish sprucing up his place. I like this kind of a practical gift and may do more such things for the others, should the time come that they don't live here anymore, lol.

That's my news for today--of course, more will come when I know it.
Happy weekend, my friends!!
Gentle hugs,
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    Certainly a challenge!!! Your strong character will be a good friend during the prep and the recovery.
    1691 days ago
    Thanks for letting us know what you found out so far. I like Dr. M.s attitude.

    I love Goodwill. You can get some great bargains there.
    1696 days ago
    Good news but scary news. You are much braver than I am. Your positive attitude will carry you through rough spots. The fact that you are working so hard to be in the best possible shape will make the surgery and recovery much easier. You remain in my prayers. Looking for a brighter day and pain free for you. Hugs
    1698 days ago
    While the report shows that you must have surgery, it does sound like it is a good thing. Your dependency on others will be short lived and I wouldn't give it another thought. You can and will do this, keeping you in my prayers.

    1698 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Sounds like your Doctor is expecting a good recovery in spite of the previous surgery and infection results. You will simply have accept your family's help during your critical recovery and make sure you get adequate rest and recovery.
    It is best to be as fit as possible going into surgery -you are doing great!
    {{{gentle hugs}}}
    1698 days ago
    Sounds like good news all the way around.
    1698 days ago
    Sorry you are having health challenges yet your attitude is positive about your future surgery. Attitude plays a big role in our healing. I will keep you in my prayers. Blessings! emoticon
    1698 days ago
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