Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Difficult decisions

I was gone most of Monday and Tuesday – over in Eastern Washington for a cult meeting. I spent 7 hours in the car on Monday and 3 on Tuesday. Yes, I’m crazy!

I’ve had neck problems for a long time. Four years ago my regular doc referred me to an ortho specialist. After an MRI detailed the problem, he put me through 2 extensive rounds of physical therapy. Didn’t work.

Then we tried steroid shots in my spine. Worked fine for about 5 months. Then the pain came back even worse.

Another MRI last month revealed the problem is worse. The bone spurs are pressing on the nerve and causing major pain on my left side – just my left side. My right side is young and happy and having a great time. My left side is old and miserable and in agony. It’s the newest version of schizophrenia.

So I had another steroid shot in my spine about 2 weeks ago. It provided minor relief for a while. The drive to Eastern Washington clarified the need to find a more permanent solution. Today I called and scheduled surgery for May 20th. I figured since I would already be sad and in mourning because it’s the one year anniversary of our beloved Miss Snark going dark, being totally drugged might help get me through the day without too much trauma.

I will miss the party honoring Miss Snark at Pat Wood’s blog. I have to be at the hospital at 5:45 a.m. and since Pat, and most other normal people, will still be asleep then, I won’t be able to post and party with you all. However, I’ll try to post a tribute to the Queen of Snark before they take me away.

Yes, I’m concerned. They do the operation through the front of my neck. Do you know how much important stuff is located in your neck? But the pain outweighs the concern. I’ll try not to mention it again until it’s over. Don’t want to bore you with it. But I’m asking all my blogging buddies to think positive thoughts for me.



Precie said...

Oh, AW! You will absolutely be in my thoughts. I hope surgery goes smoothly and relieves your pain permanently!

ChrisEldin said...

I can understand your qualms, but this sounds more than necessary.

Did they tell you to take vitamins and beef up your health between now and then? I think you should. Try to eat very healthy foods, cut down on drink, etc. Give your immune system strength so it can help heal your body after the surgery.

Britta Coleman said...

Yes, positive thoughts and prayers headed your way!

Ello said...

I am so sorry to hear of your pain! I am sending you lots of good karma and positive energy and prayers that you have an easy smooth surgery and no more pain!

Big hug and a smooch!

cindy said...

eee! *hugs* back at you. sending you lots of positive thoughts. that sounds so painful, aw. good luck!!!

Mary Witzl said...

AW, is it spinal stenosis you have, or just bony spurs? Whatever the case, I really do feel for you; I have back pain too and I know how awful it is. And I've also had a number of steroid injections.

Sigh...The older I get, the more I can go on and on about health problems like this. When I was younger, I used to think it was pretty funny the way the older people discussed health issues ad nauseam.

Hope your surgery goes well. My mother had a spinal fusion way back in the forties and never had any trouble afterwards.

Travis Erwin said...

HEre's hoping everything works out for you.

Trée said...

Sending positive karma your way along with a few hugs. :-)

ORION said...

I will be thinking of you and keeping room for your comments on the Miss Snark tribute.
I had spinal fusion surgery 20 years ago and it made all the difference in the world.
Contrary to popular belief you will NOT be able to do that cool maneuver that Linda Blair did in Exorcist afterward...I tried...

wordtryst said...

Concentrated positive thoughts shooting north and west... Get well soon, AW.