I went to the Dr.’s office last week and removed the collar to x-ray my neck in various positions to see if the vertebrae were stable. As I bent my chin toward my chest an immediate numbing sensation went thru my arms. I knew that the best solution to this was going to be another surgery. Sure enough, after discussing it with the surgeon he said we really needed to fix it. His proposal is to get to the neck from the back, and fuse from the backside. Apparently this is more painful because you cut thru muscle, and lift muscle from bone in the process (I’ll let you know if it really isJ). The recovery time is approximately the same. While it will be more painful, I won’t have to re-learn to walk or swallow again. Also, he said I won’t be close to dying this time (that’s about how he said it, which really caught Heather by surprise because he hadn’t described it like this before. I had a difficult time with the respirator which I’m sure caused some tense moments in the operating room). My surgery is scheduled for Friday. Here are some of my favorite quotes from Heather regarding the new surgery:
“Does it feel like you’re going back to the arena? And you want to run into the woods and scream?” (from Hunger Games)
“This is like your pregnancy, and you’ll need to build up your body for months or years afterward” (after I spent all day thinking about my neck, which she said looked Jiggly and not Muscly)
“Except you don’t have to wake up 4 times each night to breastfeed” (when I pondered if the recovery would be similar to having a C-section).
“You can’t expect too much” (when I asked if Jessica would send me another large box full of candy to help me recover)
So grateful for family and friends for the help and support our family receives. Thank you so much.