I will be starting this thread for Danni K, she is a dear friend to SH and will be having surgery tommorow 2/2/2009, and I will be keeping you all updated while she is in the hospital as I hear news on her recovery. Here are a few details about her surgery and why she needs it so badly.
She has had lower back pain for 3.5 years but the injury became urgent as of June 2008.
The urgency of her surgery is due to bladder issues, very weak legs with numbness, as well as sharp pains that radiate from the soles of her feet all the way up both legs. She can not walk longer than five minutes at a time or longer than a distance of about 30 yards without extreme pain, and at times falls. She suffers with sleep depravation as she is not able to lay in bed comfortably due to pain. She is also dealing with stress, and cramping in her upper back, tingling of hands, weakness and drops things easily.
She will be having a disectomy and nerve decompression of the L4, L5 and S1. She has DDD, stenosis, osteoperosis, L4/L5 and S1 prolapse right foraminal nerve root pressure, altered neurology in all 4 limbs as well as bilateral sciatica. This surgery has been delayed THREE times now and her stress over the operation has escalated each time it has been canceled. Due to having to wait on new surgery dates, her symptoms have worsened and the outcome of her post op pain level has been reduced to 65 percent. She has been told that the back pain will always be there but they are hoping that the leg pain will be reduced after surgery.
The hospital stay is estimated at two to four days. Let us all pray the doctors will not only reduce the leg pain but that the back pain will also subside and her percentage of pain relief will be greater than estimated.
She recently came down with a horrible cold that has settled in her chest. She is on antibiotics now for the cough but this could delay her surgery once again. She will be assesed tommorow before surgery to see if she is healthy enough to proceed. If she is not the surgery will be delayed yet again only causing more stress and the worsening of sypmtoms as they are worsening by the day at this point.
Please everyone pray that she is well enough to have the surgery tommorow, that she will go into surgery with a positive healthy attitude, that she will sleep well tonight and her cough will be healed. As anyone can imagine a cough hurts horribly after back surgery. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers as she needs much support. She is a dear friend and loyal woman in need of comfort and support. I know she will find it here as everyone here is such a great help.
I will try to inform you all as I know the progress of her surgery. If she is not well enough for the surgery tommorow I will update on that as well. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you all, I will update when I know more.
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