Hello my wonderful spiney friends
Had my pre-op on Monday for the second fusion to complete my 360 and the Dr. called me yesterday to tell me he had cancelled/postponed my surgery for at least 4 weeks (January 2012) due to severe anemia. My hgb (hemoglobin) was about 9.6 or 9,7, can't remember and he said the surgeon and hospital don't like to operate for non emergency (i.e. cuada equina's) when hgb is below 10.
At first I was overwhelmed with frustration and excitement, unsure which to welcome because i'm 4 weeks post op from my ALIF and was only 2 1/2 days away from surgery when I got the cancellation call. Family was ready, kids were ready and I was ready to not be home for Christmas and to get this over with. As many of you know I have had several complications from the ALIF and posted a thread about a required hospitalization for a Seroma that developed at the incision site as well as the hematoma on my spine. Since D/C the Seroma site on my belly is still sore and swollen. So I really was looking forward to going back in on Saturday that way they could deal with that issue also if it was an issue. Anyway, once the emotions settled and I calmed down, a plan was put in place and now i'm looking forward to being home for Christmas with my family. Sounds like the last one should have been a no brainer but when you psych yourself up to prepare for something like this it is hard to refocus and regain your grounding. Hope that makes sense.
The plan is to increase my iron like a mad woman which will increase the problem I already have = constipation so each day i'll drink 1-2 cups of warm prune juice, eat 5-6 prunes, drink 1 glass of water every hour (this will be hard, I am SO NOT a water drinker, time to be creative), eat cereal each morning and eat a salad each day of spinach. The hope is that by doing this in two weeks when I have my blood drawn, i'll be halfway to the point where they want me (over 10) so they can schedule me then two weeks later, have another pre-op, more blood work and then surgery the following Saturday. My butt hurts right now just thinking about the pain of this process. LOL.
I made a new YT video yesterday, two actually, one about Depression and how i've been coping and then one about the cancellation. In my YT video I posted about it yesterday I said the doctor wanted me to increase my iron and I *thought* in my medicated mind that I was to increase iron to 9 pills a day, after realizing this couldn't possibly be right, a quick call to the pharmacy fixed it and it's increased now to 3 iron tabs a day, can you say "Hello constipation?", thank God it wasn't 9 pills a day, my poop would be like concrete. It's bad enough already! ROFL. Hey, sorry if that offends, in times like these we have to find humor in silly things or we'll go nuts, at least I will because the stress of this whole process, dealing with wc for a year and then surgery - complications - another delay, yeah, not very good for my already difficult to control anxiety/depression r/t injury and pain meds.
Anyway, i'm dealing with it, coping well and trying to make the best of it. It is what it is and being a Christian believe that Gods hands are in this, this happened for a reason and it's okay.
Just wanted to update you all. I have some other issues to post about so i'll probably post another thread to ask about those things
Thanks and have a blessed day