Friday, 3/28 The Surgeon and My Surgeries
Friday, March 28, 2014
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!!