Hi fellow spineys.
Well, I've got my TLIF L4/5 scheduled for Jan. 6. I wanted to get it done in December because my deductible has been met, but so does everyone else. So, unless there's a cancellation, I'm going under in January.
I'm really ready to have some relief from the back, hip and leg pain, so in that way, I'm looking forward to it. On the flip side, it's another surgery on another part of my spine and that, in and of itself, sucks. The likelyhood of more surgery increases with every invasion of the spine, so I won't think of this as my last like I did after my cervical surgery. I'll be wearing a back brace for six weeks following the surgery.
I believe that it's the rare spiney that only has one problem, has surgery to fix it, then gets back to their everyday life with no complications or other spine problems for the rest of their life.
I'm already a little nervous about the surgery and know I'll get increasingly nervous as the date creeps closer and closer. I've decided that I'm going to rent a laptop while I'm in the hospital so I can at least get on the internet and check in on Spine-Health. I'm also glad I didn't let my hubby get rid of my recliner after my cervical surgery last year, and that I kept all the post-surgey must-haves, like my shower chair and grabber.
If anybody has and suggestions or comments for me on my upcoming surgery, please share them with me. Anything is appreciated, as you all know. It's a long road and this is just another speedbump.
Take care, fellow spineys.
"Once a spiney, always a spiney."