So...here we are on the 20th day of hospitalization following fibrin sealant procedure in December. My son is still in excruciating pain. Not able to sleep. 19 years old and has to walk with a walker or be in a wheelchair. No one is sure what is wrong. Maybe an infection in a disc, in the vertebra itself? Maybe an acute intravertibral herniation (schmorls node)? Maybe...who, knows? On MASSIVE amounts of pain meds - pain level stays at a 9 or 10, went down to an 8 for a bit and he could sleep for 2 hours last night. Had to drop out of college, AGAIN. I don't know how long I'll be able to keep my job when I'm here all day everyday. They're talking about sending him home because there's really no reason to keep him in the hospital. Put in a pic line so we can go into town (we live out in a rural area) everyday to have his iv antibiotics delivered. I am so worried about taking him home because I'm not sure how long he'll be able to stand the pain - physically, emotionally, psychologically - can he survive this? This is a nightmare!!! As for the doctor who did this, I won't mention names, but I hope he's enjoying his "villa" in Naples and his yaght parked a stone's throw from the beach on this 3-day weekend (no kidding, I looked him up on facebook). Sorry, y'all. Just had to vent.