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Hi Everyone 3 wks out from total spine fusion revision
Hi to everyone
Tomorrow marks 3 wks. out from my 5th spinal surgery. I've had spinal problems and pain from a weird gentic birth defect with side effects of scoliosis, arthritis, blown-out discs, etc. What I didn't know was that my condition was degenerative and it caught up with me about 5 yrs. ago, having literally eaten all the bones in my spine from T-10 to S-1 and a tch more and some collateral damage to go with it.
This latest surgery was a result of fusion failures at the very bottom and the first few top levels from last Nov's surgeries (total spinal fusion, PLIF and ALIF), plus a blood clot that had formed near the top, liquified, formed its own pocket to sit in along the left side of my ribs, separating the muscles from my rib(?)bones. The removal of the clot and its pocket is making my left side and arm squawk big time while I'm healing, OUCH!
I'm old and mean as dirt (well, almost LOL), usually very upbeat, pretty energetic, happily married, 5 grown kids, 1 precious grandbaby who lives out of state
, pretty shy but LOVE people, and have to admit getting pretty blue due to such an extended period of extreme isolation & lonliness. I would love to talk with people who KNOW this particular roller coaster we are on.
Truly, this awful lonliness has been the very worst part of it all. Who knew so many F & F would vanish like smoke? especially family!! Still trying to deal with it.
Cue the tears, which means its time to stop my rambling! I'm REALLY looking forward to getting to know everyone, learn and hope I can offer some support in return.