thank all of you for your good thoughts and prayers (this jew believes we all pray to the same entity - just with different names).
i went to see my pulminologist on dec 20. he said that i was weasing and that if i had general anesthesia i might not be able to come off the ventellator. so much for copd and smoking for 50 yrs! so i used a nebulizer (breathing machine) every 4 hours around the clock until i went in for the surgery on the 22nd.
the surgioon removed some hardware from my back that he left during the first operation. apparently this second surgery is very common. the dr told me it would be a day surgery. when i woke up out of anesthesia they told me they wanted me to stay in the hospital for "a few days." you all know me better than that. i pay them, they don't pay me. besides, i wanted to spend xmas with my wife. we compromised, i get out of the hospital in the 24th,
i can't do much of anything - not that i could before. i can't sit, i can't walk, and it hurts when i lay down. they only gave be darvocet and lortab for the pain - which is like candy for me - it has no effect. fortunately i have some percocet from my pain management dr. i took two of them last night adn had some peace.
take care all. AND NO STATISTISTICS from this group!