My mind is finally starting to clear after my surgery this morning so I thought I'd give you guys a quick update. The surgeon just came in to talk to me and he said the actual damage was much worse than what he thought based on the MRI and CT scans. I had torn ligaments somehow as well as the compressed and split vertebra on top of the rapidly developing arthritis. The most damage was to the joint between T11& T12 so the surgeon believed he could get away fusing these two (T11&T12)
The surgery went well. And now I'm in my room starting to recover. Have a terribly sore throat as I think it got a bit scratched when they put the breathing tube down my neck.but part from that I am almost pain free (until I try to move my arms or legs). Just a dull ache where the incision is. But I do have a pain pump.
Also I must say that I am verry impressed with the quality of the hospital. I have a single room and my own bathroom. Plus what other hospitals offer a lamb rack for lunch? Truly amazing.