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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife and I went to my PCD today, and again requested that we get this show on the road, as to surgery for my lower back. I guess his secretary must have forgotten to make the appointment 3 weeks ago. We discussed a second opinion, and suggested a surgeon that we wanted to visit with, as we have heard several good things about him. He told us that he does not use the group of surgeons that we suggested for the second opinion. I he really insisted that the surgeon that he sent me to the first time was a very good surgeon, and had a very high success rate. I did visit with him about 8 months ago, felt quite comfortable with him. After much discussion with my PCD today, my wife and I feel comfortable with his choice. The surgeon is a neurosurgeon as well, so this is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned. Again, I trust my PCD, and has been treating for me 20 plus years, also the surgeon is in the same group of surgeons that work together that did my PDC's back surgery. They will be calling me sometime this next week, and we will set a hard date at that time. I want this to happen within the next 30 to 40 days if possible. Let's hope that happens! I'm ready! Lets all hope I can get it done somewhere around the 1st of Feb. I also asked him about the pain meds again, and if he wanted me off of them prior to the surgery. What he said was that, he would like to see me reduce them as much as I can, but that he did not want to see me in pain. I guess what he was saying was that he wanted me to only take what I needed, nothing more. He said we would worry about getting off of them after the surgery was over with. So, all I'm waiting on is the call from the surgeon right now. I got my refill of meds, and I have quite a few left over from last month, from trying to wean back off of them. I;m not going to try to do that anymore, as I just hurt too bad, and can't stand to live in pain all the time. He also read the report that the PM sent over from the Epidural I just got a week or two ago. He said the PM suggested a trigger point injection, but right now, I want to get the surgery over with first, and worry about that later, as I'm not really hurting that bad in the neck area. I have a muscle just below my neck that is in spasms all the time. I guess that is where they want to try the injections. My elbows have been getting much better since I have changed sleeping patterns lately, so I hope we don't have to go there with surgery either. Maybe this will all work out for me in the long run. I'm really looking forward to the lower back surgery, as I'm so tired of it. I will post everything I know as soon as I find out more. Take care my friends and have a Happy New Year too!

Michael

Stray! I hope you didn't take me wrong on the other post, I'm with you on it! I thought it was terrible to lead the members to believe that their lives may be in danger, and then drop it like a hot potato! I hope the member will come forward and clear things up a bit for us all. I'm a guessing there is more to the story than we all know at the moment.

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Chartreux
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
I hope you can get a date scheduled soon for your surgery...will be wishing you the best of course...
Happy New Year to you too...
Lots of soft hugz for now and keep us posted...
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How's everything going with the kitten, did he get a lot of toys from Santa, my boys got a few things from Santa...
hugz...

p.s. since you know a lot about cameras, do you know if the pentax optio p80 is any good as a point and shoot camera, my daughter wants a digital camera, but nothing very expensive so...and I don't wanna waste my money on a bad one either..if you know anything it'd be nice to know if not that's okay too..just asking, (no big deal) anyways thanks...hope you don't mind me asking, I'll erase this if you don't want me asking...k...
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Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 12/31/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Chart, we deal only in high/end professional cameras, and I wouldn't know a thing about Point and Shoots. Sorry if that surprises you or disappoints you. My wife did say that we are partial to Canon though! :) I don't even own a point and shoot at this time, but would like to have one in the near future.

Michael

also the Kitty is doing just fine, and we love him dearly! We just gave him his first bath, and we are getting close to having him trained to use the toilet. He also, plays fetch now, and will return a ball to you. My wife says she has never ever seen a cat like him.

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Blessedx8
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   Posted 1/1/2010 1:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael...

Glad to hear things are falling into place for you and your surgery... and that you feel good about your doctors, etc. I'm also glad that you got clarification re: your medications.

Happy New Year, Michael!

--Tina
Pain Issues: Cervical/Thoracic back pain; migraines; carpal tunnel syndrome; widespread joint/muscle pain, nerve pain in hands/arms/feet; I also have Dysautonomia/POTS; CFS/Fibromyalgia; Severe Hypertension; Hypothyroidism; Hypoadrenalism; Mixed (Obstructive/Central) Sleep Apnea - on Auto BiPap; Depression/Anxiety; etc etc

Meds: MS Contin; Dilaudid; Actiq; Soma ; Neurontin; Atenolol; Midodrine; Phenergan/Zofran/Reglan; Effexor; Synthroid; Prednisone; and on the list goes...

Future Plans: Intrathecal Pain Pump; already completed trial; awaiting my decision for implantation


Chartreux
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   Posted 1/1/2010 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Michael,
good luck with your appointments once again...
lots of soft hugz...
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* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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mrsm123
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   Posted 1/1/2010 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
I'm glad that your appointment with your PCP went well and you were able to clarify  what he meant about reducing the pain meds. I can see why some doctors prefer that, when a patient is on inordinately high doses of meds, it does make it trickier to manage pain. But I didn't understand why he wanted you to get off them. I'm glad that you know now what he meant and  he knows that the pain doesn't allow a reduction or not much of one.
Being comfortable with the surgeon and his  outcomes is the most important part of the surgery. If you don't have confidence in the doctor or what he can do, then there isn't any point in seeing them. I would suggest that you do get at least a second opinion, and if that doctor that you and your wife found is who you want to see, then see him. It can't hurt to feel 100% sure that the surgery your surgeon has planned is the right one, that the second doctor agrees with the first one only serves to make you feel more confident about your surgery.
Anyway, glad that things are moving forward for you and hope that it all turns out great.
Sandi
PLIF/TLIF Fusion w/Instrumentation L4-5 Spondololysthesis L4-5.Laminectomies L4-5, foraminal stenosis L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, herniations L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, central canal stenosis L3-4, L4-5 and L5-S1
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Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel, bilateral numbness legs and feet
Revision for failed Back surgery, pseudoarthrosis L4-5, hemilaminectomies L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1, bmp added to revision fusion, replaced two bent screws that were reversing out of vertebrae - August 2, 2007
On going back pain and neuropathic pain, failed back surgery, consult for scs, decided not to do that at this point.
Adhesive Arachnoiditis also......just what I didn't need..9/08- adding bilateral ulnar neuropathy with severe compression to the mix. They want me to see a surgeon for ulnar nerve surgery, but I'm not biting.
I've seen enough surgeons over the last few years.
Avascular necrosis of left wrist- maybe hips too


straydog
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   Posted 1/1/2010 6:06 PM (GMT -7)   
SE glad you got into the PCP and now both of you are on the same page concerning your medication. But, I think that it was terribly wrong of him not to respect your wishes in obtaining a 2nd opinion. So, that being said I would obtain my own 2nd opinion if that is possible, I don't know how your insurance works. I just think he did you a great injustice. Whenever anyone is in need of any kind of surgery getting a 2nd opinion is as common as brushing your teeth. I do hope you will consider what Mrs has written above.

Take care.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


skeye
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   Posted 1/2/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,

I might have missed something early on as my eyes aren't so good, but what is the surgery for? Your back? I'm glad you found a surgeon that you are comfortable with and have confidence in -- that makes all the difference in the world. Hopefully they can fit you in soon & you'll be on the road to a pain-free (or at least reduced pain) life in no time! Keep us posted!

hugs,
Skeye

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   Posted 1/2/2010 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Michael, I would highly recommend the trigger point injection into that muscle that is causing you so much trouble.  I've had them before in a muscle in my lower back before that tends to freak out every now and then.  My PCP did them right in her office and they don't hurt much at all.  The injection, if placed properly can make a world of difference.  I'd feel around and find the spot where it really hurt the worst when touched and place an X on it before leaving home so she would know the right spot.

Glad to see things are moving along with a surgery date.  Well wishes to you!!

 


---Jag---
 
DDD, osteoarthritis, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus left knee 2000 & 2002, buldging disc L-2/3


straydog
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   Posted 1/3/2010 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I am with Jag on this. I survived many years working having truigger points done and I did get pretty much instant relief. They were a little iucomfortable, but I went right on to work after having them done. I tend to get a lot of left hip pain and trigger points really help with this and the lbp. They also worked very well in the cervical area too.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


PAlady
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   Posted 1/3/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
I'm so glad I finally got to read this thread (hopefully I can post before crashing!). I'm with others on this - I think a second opinion is very important before going through such a major surgery. I had two opinions, and went with the doctor from the major medical center who gave me great odds. Well, things didn't work out for me (which doesn't mean they won't for you), but the first opinion I had was from an older, more experienced neurosurgeon who advised against the surgery because he didn't think it would help much - turned out he was right.

I'm not trying to discourage you in any way, but I'm just surprised that your PCP didn't support you in this. I mean, what's the harm? Think about it this way - if you and your wife did that much research, how are you going to feel later if your surgery doesn't turn out well? Will you be second guessing you didn't get the second opinion? I agree with stray - just go get it. You can probably take all your test results and MRI's and such with you, and it will probably be just one office visit. I especially wonder if your PCP has a relationship with this surgeon, and maybe that compromised his objectivity a bit. You want to go into this knowing everything you can.

I wish you nothing but the best! And again if you don't see me post much it's computer stuff!

PaLady

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   Posted 1/5/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
     The surgeon called today and said my appt is the 2nd of Feb, for the consult with him. Thats not a good sign for me to get the surgery done in Feb liked I had planned. Also the sell of the Business has not gone well either, as we still have contract issues to work through. I'm to the point that I'm getting ready to pull the plug on it, and look for other options. So the outlook is kinda depressing right now, as things have not fallen into place for me. The good side, is that I do have a thriving busines, and I am able to still work, so I'm greatful for that. I'm still having med issues, and hate being on them, but I'm also greatful that at least I have them. This is just a little update for you all here, and really I'm doing just fine, but just a little frustrated right now.
 
   Michael

privey
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   Posted 1/5/2010 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
Glad you have the consult at least. Sorry you have to wait so long and he may just surprise you and be ready to do surgery than have an office visit. I know that here the surgeons are cutting more than doing office follow up so let's hope for the best.

It sounds like the buyer of your business has much to learn and must think there is no hurry in learning. Pulling the plug might be what they need to open the eyes and move forward...sometimes a jolt does that to a person. Take care I care. cw

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   Posted 1/5/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
SE sorry to hear things are not going so well on the business deal, maybe it will turn itself around & work out. I don't think you will be having surgery either in Feb. I don't know there may be a reason we don't know about. I am still at a loss as to why your PCP took the position he did about obtaining a 2nd opinion. Usually they recommend it and encourage it. I would still like to encourage you to get a 2nd opinion on your own. The others here have given some excellent reasons for getting one too.

Try not to get so stressed, it just jacks your body up and gets those muscles in knots which creates even more unwanted pain.
 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.


tmjpain
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   Posted 1/5/2010 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Michael, just wanted to let you know I am thinking about you and only wishing you the best. I respect whatever decision you make and am on your side buddy. I know you are not taking this surgery lightly. Hang in there, take one day at a time, and some resting time for you too as you are important.
Sorry things aren't going as well as you had hoped about the selling of your business. I hope it all works out for the best.
 
Hugs my friend,
Suzane

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   Posted 1/5/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Dont get too worked up about it Michael. I don't know what kind of case load this surgeon has or what kind of arrangements he has where ever he operates at, but every surgeon I have ever dealt with liked to get to it ASAP once the consult was done if s/he thought that surgery was called for.

Last time I had surgery it was within a week of my consult and the only reason it wasn't quicker was because of having to get some pre-op work done like a physical and some lab work, etc.

Guess what I am trying to say is wait until after you talk to the surgeon before getting your hopes all messed up.
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   Posted 1/5/2010 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
Sorry the business sale isn't going smoothly. I know it was tough enough for you on many levels, but to have to possibly backtrack sounds so stressful. Still, I think you'll manage. Try to take a few breaths and believe the right outcome will happen in time.

As far as the surgery, like Susie said I'd still encourage a second opinion, but I've also called offices before just to ask the staff (usually there's a person who schedules surgeries) about how long it usually takes to get scheduled after the consult. You could say you were trying to look at your work schedule (not a lie) and see what times you might be able to take time off and wondered what the doctor and hospital's schedule tended to run. Usually they can tell you it's about a week, it's about a month, whatever, even though they can't give you a specific date until you know what the plan is.

Take care,

PaLady

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   Posted 1/6/2010 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Like some have already said, my surgeries were normally scheduled very soon after the consult. Usually within a week I was under the knife. Hope the same goes for you.

Do you have all your stuff ready for when you come home after surgery? Don't forget a raised toilet seat, walker & a grabber thing for picking stuff up. My knees got so sore after my surgery from bending them to pick stuff up cause I wouldn't take time to get my grabber. Walking is crucial after the surgery to promote fusion, hope you can find some way to do this with the winter weather.

Try to relax Michael, I know the business stuff is trying but right now you need to concentrate on your physical & mental health to get through this.
---Jag---
 
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
    Stray, you were right about the stress jacking with your pain level. My back hurt like the dickens last night. I was madder than a Hornet, after I recieved the last contract update from the buyer. She still, did not get in the details that I had asked for, and added something that we had not discussed at all. I took the advice of two Business Mentors that I have had for the last 15yrs, and pulled the plug hard! Of course, I composed myself to write up a professional responce to her, and then politley told her that the deal was off the table, and that I would look for other options as how to we would Disperse the Business and its operations. I then went outside to smoke away my anger, and I swear the snow melted in a 30ft radius around me, as I paced back and forth in anger. My wife summoned me back in the house, and said the Buyer was on the phone, and scared to death that she had ruined her chance to purchace it. For a sec, I thought that it was best, that I did not talk to her, as my whole body was still shaking from anger over the deal. However I did, and we now close on the 12th of this month. I think she got the message that this is not the time to play games, and especially with a wonded soul, such as mine. Pain and games do not mix with me, especially during Business discussions. Sorry for the steam venting here, but I needed it. Also Thank You to all the replies about my struggle with getting the surgery thing figured out. My appointment with the surgeon is the 2nd of Feb, and we will see what date he has open for me on that day. I am so ready to get this done! We are in the planning stage here at home, and trying to figure what will be affected by it. I did get a grabber tool from the kids for Christmas, and Deborah has a retired Aunt that has several Walkers, so that won't be a problem finding one now. At this point all I want is to get it done! My boss told me today, that even if I have restrictions when I come back to work, he will find me an office job. My company does not have to let you come back to work if you are under restrictions. Normally, they will only let you come back, if you have a clean unrestricted bill of health. That was very welcome news for the wife and I. Now, lets hope the surgery goes well!
 
 
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
You sound as if you did the right thing under pressure Michael, well done to not blow the deal and manage to come out with what you wanted.

You probably need to learn a few breathing exercises now to lower that blood pressure and ease your back!

I really hope the surgeon visit goes well, it must be great to hear your work will keep you on, especially in our current economic climate. I am really relieved my hubby has finally managed to get a big tender accepted before his current job ends. It is always a relief when you're self employed.

I'll keep sending the positive vibes that your surgery goes well.

Best wishes, golitho

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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -7)   
SE it did you good to blow some steam off for sure. No point in bottling it up will do you no good doing that. Now that another agreement has been made lets hope the buyer sticks with it. Maybe there will be no more surprises in that dept.
 
So in addition to your photography business you also are holding down a fulltime job? If your surgeon does a fusion sitting is going to be one thing you will really need to avoid for awhile. Sitting puts a lot of stress on a new fusion.  Laying down and standing are going to pretty much be it in the beginning, other than getting up and going to the bathroom. Walking will be the best form of exercise and help get your strength back, your dr will tell you this. It will help wake up the bowels after surgery too.  
 
Try to think of some things that you enjoy and think about them to help keep some of the stress level down. Keep us posted on how things come along.
                                                                       


 

crohns disease dx 2002 & small bowel resection, still looking for remission whatever that is, chronic pain 22 yrs, added ulcerative colitis 6-05 to the mix, high blood pressure 28 yrs, aortic heart valve insuffiency, depression, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis lumbar spine, scoliosis lumbar spine, peripheral neuropathy hands & feet, COPD & on oxygen therapy, lupus & psoriasis and psoratic arthritis. Several other health issues just not enough room to list it all. Too many surgeries to list and too many medications to list. Currently on 17 different daily medications. Intrathecal pain pump implanted June 05.

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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Good evening Stray! Yes I do work another full time job besides the photography business, and have done so for 32yr's now. We currently photograph around 7000 children a year with the local sports leagues. We service several city's in the area, and I have dealings with around 27 directors, hundreds of coaches and several thousand parents and their children. The monkey of responsibility has been beating the hell out of me, the past several years. I have truly worked close to 24/7 for many a year now. I started my business from scratch, and we produce all products in house. We have also set the standard in sports photography in this area, that no one has been able to match. It will really feel good when it is all done. Right now, the next thing to accomplish, is my surgery, and I can tell you that I'm looking forward to it. In fact, it is not coming fast enough for me. You are right about the sitting, as it does put extra stress on your spine. I also just read that walking is one of the best things you can do after fusion surgery. I plan on doing alot of that. Thanks for the suggestions, and I 'm headed to bed, as I need some much stress relieving sleep!

Michael

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Michael,
Just remember that you don't jump out of bed in a few days and start doing a lot of ANYTHING! LOL I know you're anxious to have the surgery over with, and hopefully the pain gone or at least significantly diminished, but it is a major operation. We've had discussions here before about how surgeons tell you short amounts of healing time but it really ends up taking 2 or 3 times what they tell you!

I had a minimally invasive double lumbar fusion done and my surgeon told me it would take about 6 weeks to be back to activities. HA! His nurse said more like 3 months and she was right. So plan on a lot more time than the doc gives you - you don't want to push this, as you want it to heal properly. It took me six weeks to even open my car door and drive - slowly- around the block. And that was all I could manage.

Speaking of healing, it doesn't sound like quitting smoking has gone so well (I know it's hard; I used to smoke 3 packs a day but quit in 1990, thank goodness). It DOES affect the fusion and the body's ability to heal. So think about that and have it motivate you.

Good luck with everything!

PaLady

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   Posted 1/7/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -7)   
      Hello My Lady! Between you and Mrs. Stray...I can't get by with anything! :) Yes I'm still smoking...and shame on me for it, but I have slowed down on it, and plan on giving it up as soon as the deal closes on the business. My Dr did say that I may be out from work for around 3 to 5 months, so your suggestion sounds about right. Did you ever get all of your computer problems solved? We also almost have Meiko toilet trained. He now sits on the rim and pottys into a platter with a small hole cut into it. It won't be long now. He has also learned to play fetch with us...and does a wonderful job at it.
 
           Michael

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   Posted 1/7/2010 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Michael, how are you doing my friend? I hope you have let go of some of that stress and are able to relax a bit. I bet you can't wait for Jan 12 to let that headache go away, as difficult as it is to let go of a business, and an excellent one by the sounds of it. And then you can focus on Feb 2 for your dr. appt and pray that you get a surgery date very soon. Do you like to read books or magazines, will you be on the main floor and close to the washroom. have your laptop in working condition, you and I will be able to talk lots then eh, lol. And a tv handy will help. What level is the fusion being done? There are disc herniations as well? are they removing any discs or just shaving them off? Sorry, there I go with all my questions again!! LOL!!

Anyways, I am wishing you a good day with low pain.
Hubby is coming home early today to take me to my appt. at 4pm.
hey are we chatting tonight, it's thurs.
Big hugs buddy
Suzane
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