Hello jag! Thanks for the information, and you have a good idea with the Mp3 player. Your help is heart felt, and I appreciate it very much. Thank you all! I will try to post on thursday evening before I go in for the surgery on Friday. They told me to check in at 6:30am Friday morning, and that will be early for me.
Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/2/2010 9:18:01 PM (GMT-7)
Jag, Thanks for ythe reminder about the stimulator, I forgot all about it. I did cut back greatly in the smokes, for a while, and have quite completely, and hope to do so forever after the surgery.
The buddy of mine that just had his fusion done, smoked up to his surgery, and is now still smoking. It's OK, Snowbunny!...but you do sound like my DR! :) My wife has been on me about it for a long time, and it is the hardest thing to do. It is easier to come off the meds, than the smokes.
I have been eating Metamucil by the ton, and drinking more than my fair share of water as well. Maybe this will help me too.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stood
Ok, just got back from the Hospital, and did all the paperwork and the blood work in advance. The nurse said they have scheduled a fusion of the L4-L5-S1. So I'm a guessing that means two disk will come out, and be fused in those places.
They also did an EKG 12 point lead, and she said that my heart rate was very slow, a 59, not sure what that means, or does that even sound right to you all. She also told me to never shave off all my hair before a surgery again. Said that if I nicked myself, that can be an entry point for infection.
I'm almost there now. Also the buddy that came to work from being off for 7 to 8 weeks, went home early today, and said he may have come back to work too early. Hydrangea, please take it easy if your reading this, and take care of yourself. Recovery should not be taken lightly on a fusion.