Posted 5/20/2009 5:57 PM (GMT -7)
Denim Thank-You! I know your having more than your share of problems right now too! I do wish you all the best, You know I also have a torn ( annular tear) and herniated disc at T-12 that is what ended my nursing career, quite a number of years ago! But the surgeons won't touch it, just control the pain!
Fatherjohn, I do kind of wish we all lived closer, not just give each other rides to appointments, but just think of Chutzies daily Coffee Klatch, but what if we all met at a coffee shop together in person! WOW wouldn't that be something! You take care of yourself, what is going on with me is nothing compared to what you have been through!
PALady You make SMILE! I have also done that, about the driver, drove myself and told them the driver was down stairs, but that was a different Doctor, this one want to see and meet your driver and gives them instructions! I did find someone this afternoon, he's a fellow K of C member, and he lives out here at the lake. God how I hated to ask him, I mean it is close to 40 miles one way to the Doctor, I think that is allot to ask, even though he is using my car, I will take him out to dinner! I know have got to get used to having others help me, but I sure do find that hard!. You know PALady I do hope you are doing OK, I often think about your situation, I do think I know how hard it is for you, I am not completely sure though, because I am not you! But I do know what you are going through is not easy, it is a real challenge and burden to make the transition, and you must face it and do it in your own way and time. I guess I am just impatient for you! ( smile) and then I worry!( just can't help it!)
Anice What can I say to you? You have been here a shorter time than me, but yet even with your surgery, you have posted and given support to so many others, not least is me!! And I do so appreciate it! May I say sometime? I think your post have such an innocents, and yet is so genuine in your caring, that is how your post come off to me! I do hope you are on the mend and I do only wish you the very best. I do so enjoy seing your post!
Pete my friend ain't we something! A couple of middle aged guys trying to muddle through all this crap! If it ain't one thing it definitely is another! Yes! I had my C6/7 fusion along time ago, it was done By a Dr. Leman, in Anchorage Alaska! That is the thing that kind of has me on edge, as my Doc said there was significant narrowing of the spinal canal at the fusion? I am not sure how they can fix that, I know that after I had the fusion I learned that that was always a risk! and then with the disc above it! Sheesh! But when you mentioned what you had wrong with you, I tell you I cringed, and then when you talked about the stuff you were doing after the surgery, WOW you had me on edge! I know things have changed allot since I had mine done! They took the bone from my pelvis, removed the disc and all the fragments, roughed up the insides of the Vertabra, and stuck in the bone grafts! Then sewed me back up and gave me a soft cervical collar, and told me to not to do anything for the next 3 or 4 months that could jar me, and knock those grafts out of place! I had no pins or brackets holding things together! The anterior approach was rather new at that time! Anyway I hope you are doing OK! One other thing, You know you are lucky at least your wife would go to counseling with you! You know it does take the two of you to save your marriage! My wife would not go to counseling! She had moved up stairs months ago and she is moving out the end of this month, actually I think it is for the best now, as it has just been to tense the way it is, and she will continue to pay her half of all the expenses on the house till we get it sold! Hopefully the divorce will be finalized soon, as it is so stressfull right now! Anyway Pete Thanks for your Post! Oh yeah I tried to E-mail you a few weeks ago and it came back undeliverable!
Golitho moan all you want! I will listen, You have always been so nice, and you have more than your share of pain and stuff going on! I do Thank-You for caring! Your post means so much to me!!!
modelmaker, I really admire you, what you did with your pain Doctor, well all I can say is it takes a man of character and integrity to do what you did! I admire that in a person! To answer your question, I had my first surgery along time ago 85, by a civilian Doctor at Hummana Hospital in Anchorage Alaska, I was in the Air Force stationed at Eielson AFB just outside of Fairbanks. And have had many other back problems since then, mostly Thorasic! But there is more of those disc! So no, it won't be the same surgeon, I am not sure who it will be or where!
Skeye, you always have my attention, I have two daughters, both went away to college, not to far way but far enough, they both did good and then moved even further away and became successful! Some of the things you say and post remind me of those days when they were in school! You know I just know your going to be successful too! You will make a good Vet! Your posts show you have lots of compassion, and you care, in a sense animals are people too! Smile. One thing though, you just have to many problems for being so young! I do hope they can find out what is wrong with you and be able to help you! Reading your post you have a maturity about you, the way you are handling your situation, I would have never guessed you bing so young, you know your maturity just might be the thing, that will get you through all this! I do wish you the Best
What a Great Family all of your are! Thank-You!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on full disalbility!--Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV