As some of you know, I was involved in an accident at the end of August last year, and have had to wear a neck brace now for the last 3 or more months.
Well, I went back to my doctor Monday for a follow-up and more x-rays, to see if my neck fracture was healing at all, or if I was going to need to have another surgery. Well guess what? I'm scheduled for surgery on the 30th of this month, exactly 2 years to the day from the last back surgery, the one that really screwed up my life and caused me to want to try suicide, 3 times no less.
Well hopefully, that won't be an issue this time, as this shouldn't be nearly as complicated. I go for an MRI on Friday, so the doc will know exactly what he's getting into now. The disc above the current fusion and fracture is also looking very bad, so this could wind up being a repair and replace job. Repair the fracture, and replace the hardware with new stuff and another disc with more bone.
And I get to try out those crappy hospital diapers again! OH JOY! NOT!!!! I think I'll try and see if I can at least take some of my own diapers with me this time. I still haven't ordered any of those ones that I got the special offer on, and you guys were voting for on my other thread, and now I don't think they would get here in time anyway. This surgery was a sudden decision by both the doctor and myself on Monday. I just want to get this over with and out of the way so I can get on with my life, and then I can settle this accident stuff too.
So I'll try to keep this updated as to my condition and circumstances. There's still a chance that it might not happen on the 30th, if things can't be worked out in time. I am still on a blood thinner for my clotting disorder, (Coumadin, otherwise known as Warfarin, or rat poison), and I'll need to be off of that for a few days before the MRI and of course the surgery. The drug they give me to replace that is a short acting injection that I have to give myself in the stomach. It's called "Lovenox", (pronounced low-vin-ox), and it sucks! The last surgery, I had to use that stuff for two weeks before the surgery, and a week afterwards. My poor stomach was all black and blue from it!
If I don't reply on here for a while, it will probably be because I'm incapacitated for a while, at least I hope that's the only reason. There's always the other possibility, I'll be dead. ( I'm praying for the first option here)
But I want to thank everyone that's been so kind to me here, and I've had the chance to get to know a bit. If you could keep me in your prayers, my family and I would really appreciate that. God bless you all, Rick.