At long last my surgery date is just about here - Monday 19th.
It was last December that I started trying to get things moving after decompression surgery in April 08 didn't help. Saw three neurosurgeons and the third one was willing to help me.
I've been keeping myself so busy that I haven't had time to get stressed out, but think that'll happen once I'm on my way to the hospital on Sunday. Have to do a bowel cleanse when I get there.
To help me cope, I've been spoiling myself. Saw Il Divo in concert last Thursday - just brilliant. The surgeon wanted to bring my date forward a week but I said "no way" I wasn't missing out on the concert. Have booked for two more concerts next year - Cliff Richard & The Shadows reunion concert in February, and Patrizio in May.
This forum has been a godsend and the list of "must haves" is brilliant. Even though we're all different, reading other members' experiences is helping me to understand more about fusion and the need to learn new movement techniques, etc. Listening to my favourite music also helps me keep calm.
I expect to be in hospital for about a week or so. I've not heard of people being released within a few days here in Australia as seems to be the norm for the US, but I'll be wanting to get home ASAP just to be with my Labrador girls, Tiger and Molly. I'll be on my own most of the time but will be arranging for home help from The Silver Chain, and the hospital will arrange nursing help if I think I'll need it.
Sending >:D< to everyone here.
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