I hope that soon I will be able to help someone else because I seem to only be able to ask for help right now. I am supposed to have a PLIF on Sept 16th. Today I was at my GP for the surgery clearance and was told that my blood surgars are to high (271 fasting) and that the clearance is "pending" on the blood work that I have to have done again on 9-9-10. I almost cried at the Doc's office because "what ifs" came up. (I am not really a crybaby) What if the sugar does not get better and the surgery is cancelled and the pain continues. The doc said that it should come down if I do "good" with the byetta and metformin along with better eating. I confess that I have not been being "good" but I am going to do better. I need this surgery - at first I was scared and have stayed up worrying about having the surgery but now I am concerned about not being able to have the surgery. What a mess my mind is in. I am so confused. Thanks for listening. This forum is the best.