Okay, this was new today (err...looking at the time, yesterday). I went to the hospital I am having my 5 level lamies and fusion (PCDF) at to finish the registration and blood work/urine testing. The "pre" surgical general clearance doctor also looked me over real well. All that went wonderful by the way.
Okay, here is where it got weird, and I've not had this brought to me in 6 surgeries in the last 8 years - all through the same hospital affiliate, one of which was a "you might not make it off the table emergent surgery." She advised me that "due to the serious nature (major surgery), it is their policy to advise of having an Advanced Directive on file should things go bad..." I get that this is serious, but I guess it sort of surprised me. I've had 6 surgeries with various hospitals down here (all connected), and this is a first....
I've decided I will have one, but it will be via my husband as my medical advocate to speak for me should "it" go bad. He isn't thrilled either, but gets it, and fully knows my wishes, and the conditions to hit the "pull the pin" decision. Have any of you had this for spine surgery?? All still on track for Tuesday... Thanks guys! *HUG*
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.