O-can-doky.... Here is where things stand now. I just went through extensive (finally damn it) testing for MS and ALS via what is called "evoked potentials"....basically these tests (there are like 3 of them....3.5 hours to complete) measure the chit chat between your brain to legs, arms, fingers etc. They also specifically (unlike an MRI) look at any interruptions in your spinal cord. The tech knowing I was well aware of what these tests were for....didn't give me details (she can't), but did say "the reason I was having them...I should be good, as the 'responses' are good. I'm fairly comfy in agreement with that. Ps... I could see the electrical differences between my left and right leg!!! (G)
I have a brain scan tomorrow and blood work...no biggie, and then the ole (ex smoker) lung checks Wednesday...then one final NCS/EMG (doesn't affect surgery either way)...and off to slice and dice!!
I (for catch up) was a competitive gymnast for 11 years..bad fall (couldn't get over it - kicked off the team)...was hoping for Olympics - oh well. Went into the the Army at 17 - rough and tumble, body beat up - first women paired with men!!! Hehehhe
In 1985 I crashed a helicopter... Contrary to the "conventional" way to crash, I modified due to proximity and issues to live and walk another day - it worked!!!
30 years aviation, 20 years law enforcement (narcotics and immigration....) took its toll. Okay, now everyone has the "Cliff notes" as they say...lol!!!
Except for a couple more tests, October 11th (two weeks) I go in for ....Lamies for C5-T1, and posterior fusions (yep...screws, plate, rods, yummy....) C4-T2. Hard collar lock down for 3 months minimum...due to my fusion failure history (me) betting more than that!!! (G) My surgeon has been very blunt and straight up with me, so we ARE on the same "sheet" as they say.
Hospital stay presently (if all goes well) is 3-5 days...Too close to surgery to 'donate for myself' so... yeah, figuring at least 4 units if all goes well. My hubby admitted (7 surgeries since married over 20 years ago) "finally" he is anxious! Hehehe.. and I never knew.... I love him to pieces. He is my best friend, lover and confidant!!! I now feel more for "his" feelings than my crummy emotions! My bud....
Ba-dom-ba-dom-ba-dom...sorry, happy heart beat!!!
Any-who's....ladies and gents, that is where I am at. Though discussed with my surgeon, my C2/3 sucks... and C3/4 is actually in pretty (per MRI) good condition.... I had prior adjacent level failure just over a year post op...so yeah...creeped out the only good level can go. Whew!!!!
Okay... that is *my* info novel for the day ladies and gents of CP and other nasty related issued to get you here.
I'm an odd ball in that I should have been either dead or paralyzed back in 1985...so to me, surgery or not, it is gravy time!!! Thanks for reading this long, and understanding I am a happy flake!!! (G)
Isn't retirement wonderful? No bosses, no bullshit...hehehehehehe (sorry Ron if my "bull**** is a bad??) (G) Sorry, in a goofy mood?? Argh... hehehe
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.