I haven't been around for several days due to being at Mayo Clinic for treatment of a bowel obstruction (it doesn't rain but what it pours!) and then we lost our internet connection. Been back online for only about 20 minutes.
Am off to the hospital at 5:30 a.m. tomorrow morning for my fusion. Can hardly believe it's going to happen tomorrow--been so busy there's been little time for nerves to kick in. I'm having laminectomy L4 and L5; posterior instrumented fusion L4-S1, interbody fusion; autograft and bone graft substitutes. Long name for the procedure--whew. My blood will be collected, cleaned, and given back to me (can't remember what that's called) during surgery. Will be in the hospital for 4-5 days.
I'm admittedly a little nervous about the pain and potentially long recovery but am ready for the numbness and weird and changing pains to be over with, although I have to remind myself that the nerves will need time to heal and I may not feel 100% for some time. Thanks for the support of fellow spineys. I'm sending healing thoughts out to each of you. >:D< Will check in when I'm home and can get back on the computer.
2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled