but I also know that it has to be done. He cannot stand for long, cannot walk for any distance and is in pain all the time. They are doing a laminectomy/decompression/fusion on hubby's 4th and 5th vertebrae. He was poked and prodded and tested for anything that might cause problems and, for a 65 year old guy, he is in excellent shape heart,lung and weight wise. We met the surgical nurse, the admitting nurse, the pharmacist, x-ray technicians, the chap that doles out anesthesia, and several students (teaching hospital) and no other problems were found so next Thursday is the day.