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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Hi There,

My story gets more and more confusing. I had surgery at 1 PM on Tuesday. I was sitting up, as promised by the anesthesiologist when I went to sleep and didn't have to face the nasty spasms and pain in my right leg. I woke up in confusion at 5:30 in Recovery. That was a big room with about 25 stations and full of color and activity. There were several people around me and the conversation about my legs not moving. They were numb, but I thought that was from surgery--and I was lying flat on my back without problems. I kept asking people about my legs, but nobody was telling me anything. They went and got Floyd and he showed me a bag with bolts and other stuff they removed from my back. He told me about the large nerve shoot that was strangled in my back by bone spurs and scar tissue. They found a place where the allograf had shifted, so they fixed it too. Much of the first surgery was fusing, so they removed several bolts and the upper hook so I'd have more mobility in my back. Things were going well until the monitor indicated that my legs were not moving. That put an end to the surgical work.

They ordered the CT mylogram and a spine CT right after the surgery. There was no fun in being transported so many times from table to table and my friends, I behaved badly with lots of crying and begging, They did the mylogram with me on my side instead of on my tummy like they wanted. Having that injection wasn't fun.

This morning I was able to get my right foot to move and an hour or so later, I got my left foot to move. That has worked a bit all day. As of now, I can move my knees if I am sitting up and I can move my right leg to my knee when I am lying down, I can move my left foot and ankle. I believe I will be able to move my legs and maybe even walk by sometime tomorrow. I might have gotten further today, but my blood pressure stayed really low and I also needed a transfusion before I had to go have an awful, awful MRI of my spine. I cried throughout the entire test. The table was so hard and I had to lie on my large incision for over 20 solid minutes, I was a mess and have been doing some comfort eating.

Tomorrow, I hope to get the results from these tests. I pray my legs will work so they can remove the catheter. The steroids are making it burn. At least I didn't have to wake up with the tube in my throat and in ICU.

Quite honestly, I don't know what is next. I'm guessing I'll be here for a bit longer as these unknowns get answered. I'm so grateful for the prayers and warm thoughts being sent my way. I am feeling them amidst this confusion.

Gentle hugs,
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    I am so sorry to hear that you are going through this. I hope they find out what is wrong soon and get it corrected. You know you are in my prayers. emoticon
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    {{{gentle hugs}}} This is an unbelievable horrific nightmare for you :((( Unreal they couldn't give you something for your pain that was effective :((( I can't imagine anyone not crying and wanting mercy through that ordeal :((( I hope they can figure it out soon with all these tests.
    You are amazing able to give us this detailed report through it all. Thank you for that because we are really worried and scared for you knowing the gravity of this surgery..
    Soothing and healing thoughts sent your way
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    Sylvia, Gosh girl I would be behaving a lot worse than you. You are truly a tough lady and I say lady for a reason. I'm ashamed to say I would be doing a lot more than crying and begging if you get my drift. I truly hope that things turn better for you soon. It is good that your legs are beginning to move, please be patient and let the nerves heal. Getting in a hurry could cause more problems. Hugs and prayers are coming your way.
    1719 days ago
    My dear friend, Sylvia - I am so very sorry that you are having to deal with this situation. You are so entitled to cry and beg as much as you want to - this is not an easy thing to go through.

    I will be keeping all my fingers and toes crossed that you will be able to go home soon.

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    1719 days ago
    Praying for you that all will end successfully. You sure have been through a lot, but gotta say "you are one tough gal"
    1719 days ago
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