1 week until my ACDF surgery

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   Posted 4/6/2011 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Finished pre-op today. Got all my recovery toys (neck brace and the orthofix cervical stim). I am so ready. Each day is a war. Obviously work is pure chaos trying to get people trained and projects completed. I will owe some people big time when I get back. I found out today that my company will be moving forward with a huge software implementation that will be MINE and will wait for ME. They are going to do all the legal mumbo jumbo while I recover and want to get it ready so I can run with it when I get back...
I brought up my concerns with my pain doc, and he said he will be working with the surgeon and will be driving my pain control, and he is also on staff at the hospital so he will be checking on me. That made me feel tons better. Today at xray the tech asked me what surgery I was having and I told her, and she said with Dr. Mxxx? I said yes as a matter of fact, she told me that she will be on my surgical team as she is one of his surgical team members and she likes working his cases.
I see mounds of stuff and have to accept that it's not all going to get done. We are going to go away this weekend so we can charge the mental batteries. Next Wednesday will be here before I know it.
I can't relax anymore and each day is harder because I can't sleep, and am in serious spasm. I'll post more later..

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   Posted 4/6/2011 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Redsam. I will be thinking about you and praying for you when you have your surgery. I sure wish there was a way to stop the spasm so that you could rest. I hope you're able to get some rest. Boy, that has to be really hard. What is the constant spasm from? What's causing it? There's so many people here with so many different causes of chronic pain that I can't begin to remember all of them. Sorry for the questions, I'm just trying to get a sense of what's going on with you. *hugs*

I hope you can get some rest and relaxation this weekend.

You're right. Wednesday will be here before you know it. Know that we're all here for you rooting you on.

take care

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   Posted 4/6/2011 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi RS,
I just wanted to wish you well with your surgery. Take a nice weekend, relax with your family and know that in a few short days, you will finally have some relief from the pain, maybe not the spasms for little bit yet, but you will be on the other side, just waiting for the healing to begin.
Take care and best wishes to your surgical team for steady, sure hands, and little pain post op.

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   Posted 4/7/2011 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Best of luck for an easy and successful surgery. I just know you will be back to work on that project before you know it. I'll say an extra prayer for you and your family.

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   Posted 4/7/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   


     Morning Redsam! wink

           It wont be long now, and you are already ahead of the ball game since your PM will be controling the pain med's for you.

       Good luck!

         SE wink

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   Posted 4/7/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
RedSam try to relax as much as you can this weekend. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Let us know how you are doing once you get home and are feeling up to it.

Take care.
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   Posted 4/7/2011 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I know we haven't met before but I read your post and wanted to send my wishes for a successful surgery and quick recovery

I know how nerve racking it can get so your weekend away is such a great idea.
I sure wish I had been able to do that.

Good luck and take care

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   Posted 4/7/2011 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I do hope you  have some time to relax and clear your mind of your job at least for a few days before your surgery! And stay away from your job and anything to do with your job after your surgery. You will need some major healing and recuperating time and the least amount of stressors that you can possibly have! Your body will be recovering from a major assault! What your having done is not just your ordinary toenail repair job!  So be good to yourself and take it EASY!!!  Your work will still be there when you get healed up and are ready to go back to work! So do not rush it!! Just get healed up and better! Ok no more Lecturing! smilewinkgrin
Seriously we are all here for you, just take care of yourself!
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   Posted 4/7/2011 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Thank you Thank You. The spasm I have is from the radiculopothy and the fact that my muscles have to work so hard to do normal things. I have difficulty gripping and weakness so holding on to things requires so much more effort that I feel like I am constantly lifting a 150lb weight. The muscles just don't relax, even with the flexoril. I can't even tell you how hard it is typing and that task takes so much longer because sometimes my fingers don't move as well. This just makes the pain worse and the pressure on the nerves worse..
I have to say something. I love this place and I love all of you. My dr asked me to sign up on a spine support site, and I did. It is so cold there. While the information there was excellent, the boards are not. I feel much more at home here.
Big Hugs... Sue
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   Posted 4/8/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   

Just a quick note to wish a very successful surgery and the best recovery possible. We are all pulling for you here. Please keep us updated as you feel up to it.

Thinking of you --Tina
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