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:smile1: I went to my orthopaedic surgeon for my pre-op appointment on Friday, and after discussing my options with him, and what the neurosurgeon had said on Tuesday, it was decided that they are only going to fix the cracked fusion and replace the loose hardware at this time, and go in from the front again. The risk is higher to do it that way, because of the existing scar tissue from the last operation, but since I'm not experiencing any symptoms from the other 2 bad discs yet, it was decided that they will just leave them alone right now. If I do develop symptoms, then they will go in from the back and fuse all of the vertebra from C3 to T1 and I'll lose half of my head and neck motion because of it. If they went in from the back this time to only fix the one problem, the next time they would have to go through a lot more scar tissue, and the risks double again, not to mention the pain. The surgery from the front, at least the first time, was not painful at all. I hurt worse at my hip where they took the donor bone from to place in my neck, which they are going to do again too. I'm hoping that this time it doesn't hurt too much worse than last time. They tell me that the surgery from the back of the neck is extremely painful, and I've had my share of that for this century :frown:.

So on Tuesday the 10th, I go in for a repair job, and I'm finally going to have all my loose screws tightened! LOL:eek:
 

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*smiles and hugs ricky* That's great news! Mostly. :)

Everything is going to go well, as we already know.

And with "luck" (Already confident in this so luck isn't needed) you won't need any more surgery for this kind of thing after the 10th.

Bring a good book, or a laptop. :)

And if you plan on showing us a picture, please cover up more than you did for the scar on your back. :tongue:
 
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*smiles and hugs ricky* That's great news! Mostly. :)

Everything is going to go well, as we already know.

And with "luck" (Already confident in this so luck isn't needed) you won't need any more surgery for this kind of thing after the 10th.

Bring a good book, or a laptop. :)

And if you plan on showing us a picture, please cover up more than you did for the scar on your back. :tongue:

LOL

I had to laugh when I read this. Thanks Mesmerale! You have a way with words!

I wish I could say this will be the last time I need to go through that sort of thing, but I know for a fact I'll need at least one more on my lower back, I just don't know when it will be just yet. Because of the problems with the last lower back operation, it pretty much guarantees I'll have another.

But I'm happy about this news anyway. I really don't want to lose any more motion in my neck, and this way I shouldn't. The only risks I'll have are to my vocal cords and my throat because from what I understand, the scar tissue attaches itself to everything around it whenever you have a cut, or surgery, and since they moved all of that stuff out of the way to get to my spine from the front last time, it will all need to be moved again. So I may be talking with a hoarse voice for a while according to the doc, but that's a small price to pay for no more pain! Err, uh, on the upper end anyway! LOL
 

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LOL

I had to laugh when I read this. Thanks Mesmerale! You have a way with words!

I wish I could say this will be the last time I need to go through that sort of thing, but I know for a fact I'll need at least one more on my lower back, I just don't know when it will be just yet. Because of the problems with the last lower back operation, it pretty much guarantees I'll have another.

But I'm happy about this news anyway. I really don't want to lose any more motion in my neck, and this way I shouldn't. The only risks I'll have are to my vocal cords and my throat because from what I understand, the scar tissue attaches itself to everything around it whenever you have a cut, or surgery, and since they moved all of that stuff out of the way to get to my spine from the front last time, it will all need to be moved again. So I may be talking with a hoarse voice for a while according to the doc, but that's a small price to pay for no more pain! Err, uh, on the upper end anyway! LOL
Well, predetermined surgeries don't count. :tongue:

I mean any new stuff. :tongue:

Well then, don't try to sing. :D
You don't need a voice anyway, you'll sound the same on ADISC, won't you? :)
 

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Good luck with your surgery on the 10th, Ricky! I'm glad to hear that the surgery won't be nearly as bad as it could have been.

If you don't mind me asking, how hard of a hit did you take in the accident to knock those screws loose? I'm asking because I've got two titanium plates screwed to my lower jaw bone with 12 screws from a jaw re-alignment surgery I had. I'm just wondering how sensitive those screws are now.
 

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Great news Ricky! I hope there is as little pain as possible. I actually have more discomfort with my neck than I do with my back. I have one neck vertebra that is out of place from when I was hit by the car at age 14. Since the recent cold weather, it has been bothering me a lot. Until one has had neck pain, it's hard to appreciate, so I hope all of yours goes away. Best of luck and I'll keep you in my prayers on March 10. Actually, I already do!
 

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Good luck Ricky. :thumbup4:
 

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Good Luck on your upcoming surgery Ricky. I hope everything turns out for the best.
 

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The best of luck on Tuesday. The pre-op consultation you had never seemed so relieving or promising for me before my surgeries. We will be thinking of you next week and look forward to your recovery and return to the community with a blow by blow account of your experience.
 
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You don't need a voice anyway, you'll sound the same on ADISC, won't you? :)
Well, I don't know now. Right now I have a slight sore throat, can't you tell by my typing? Doesn't it look hoarse? LOL

Good luck with your surgery on the 10th, Ricky! I'm glad to hear that the surgery won't be nearly as bad as it could have been.

If you don't mind me asking, how hard of a hit did you take in the accident to knock those screws loose? I'm asking because I've got two titanium plates screwed to my lower jaw bone with 12 screws from a jaw re-alignment surgery I had. I'm just wondering how sensitive those screws are now.
The impact was at about 25 to 30 MPH combined, according to what the police report said. They were in a Kia or something similar, and I was in a little car, my 1990 Buick Skylark, and when I'm sitting in it, my head is pretty close to the windshield to start with. Mainly because of my height, but also because of how the roof line is shaped on the car, and how much the seat reclines. I could have reclined it more than it was, but it was uncomfortable to do so, so I kept it in a more upright position. so when we hit, the seat belt locked, but the slack allowed me to move forward enough that my forehead still hit the sunshade and thus the windshield in front of it.

If you are in a vehicle that the windshield is far enough away that you can't contact it in an impact, you should not have the same problems I've had. Also, because my plate was in my neck, and my head was forced backwards, it put a lot of force on that plate. If you were to hit your forehead, it wouldn't do the same to you. Now if you hit your jaw on the steering wheel, that would definitely be a problem for you. I would be sure to sit away from the wheel as much as is comfortably possible, and definitely wear your seat belt. A larger car or truck will also help.

Great news Ricky! I hope there is as little pain as possible. I actually have more discomfort with my neck than I do with my back. I have one neck vertebra that is out of place from when I was hit by the car at age 14. Since the recent cold weather, it has been bothering me a lot. Until one has had neck pain, it's hard to appreciate, so I hope all of yours goes away. Best of luck and I'll keep you in my prayers on March 10. Actually, I already do!
Yeah, a lot of people don't get the connection between the weather and the pain, but I know it exists. I feel for you in that regard, as they say, been there, done that. Thanks for the prayers too, I very much appreciate that.


The best of luck on Tuesday. The pre-op consultation you had never seemed so relieving or promising for me before my surgeries. We will be thinking of you next week and look forward to your recovery and return to the community with a blow by blow account of your experience.
Thank you for the concern, and I'll be sure to let y'all know how it goes.


I'm hoping it won't keep me away from the computer for too long, although my wife will be off for the next 2 weeks to take care of me, so I'll probably not be able to be on as much as I'd like. She doesn't approve of my going to these diaper sites, she doesn't understand what I get out of it and she also thinks it's weird that people actually like to wear them. I wish she would change her mind, but I don't really see that happening.
She still doesn't know about this site, and I want to keep it that way. She does know about DB though, and even went into it and was snooping around a couple of years ago when I was having some mental issues I'll call them, and was spying on me. She's not as bad about it now though, and if I don't raise her suspicions, it will remain that way. I think she's afraid I'll run off with someone who will diaper me and take care of me, something I'd never do anyway, but she's somewhat jealous and protective of me.

Sorry about the long explanation, but I thought it would help explain why I do what I do at times.

Takashi and Zekk, my thanks to all of you for your prayers and well wishes, I'm very grateful for them all.
 
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This is indeed good news for you (about damn time!).

I was actually wondering all weekend long how things went for you on Friday. Hopefully the surgery goes well the first time around this time, and you keep what movement remains in your neck.

Obviously, the thing to do before your surgery is have a very, very nice and lavish meal, and finish it by singing something. Anything, just as long as you sing away the night before. If you're going to have temporary hoarseness and NastyVoice (TM) you may as well sing beforehand. :)

I'm hoping it won't keep me away from the computer for too long, although my wife will be off for the next 2 weeks to take care of me, so I'll probably not be able to be on as much as I'd like. She doesn't approve of my going to these diaper sites, she doesn't understand what I get out of it and she also thinks it's weird that people actually like to wear them. I wish she would change her mind, but I don't really see that happening.
She still doesn't know about this site, and I want to keep it that way.
That makes me sad. I'm not going to unpack this further here, but I'm sad to hear that. Hopefully you have some folks (physically) nearby who form a support and social network for you; that will make the next 2 weeks easier on both you and your wife. :)
 

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So on Tuesday the 10th, I go in for a repair job, and I'm finally going to have all my loose screws tightened! LOL:eek:
Ahh...so you're the one that old expression - "having a screw loose" - originated with. ;) Always wondered about that!:D

Seriously though, I hope you don't experience as bad or worse pain this time around with your operation. You've been through the torture chamber enough as it is.:frown:

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Ahh...so you're the one that old expression - "having a screw loose" - originated with. ;) Always wondered about that!:D

Seriously though, I hope you don't experience as bad or worse pain this time around with your operation. You've been through the torture chamber enough as it is.:frown:

~Pramrider
Yup! I'm the one with the loose screw, literally! LOL But not for much longer, and hopefully they will use loctite on the new ones so this doesn't happen again.
 

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Awww so your screws will no longer be loose. Yay. Bad joke....

Hope everything goes right Man. Get better.
 
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Sounds like you could use some Hercules Hooks!! :smile1:
Hmm, now why didn't I think of that? lol

Well, I had to stop taking the Coumadin (Warfarin, otherwise known as rat poison), yesterday and start with the Lovenox injections again, and keep it up until the surgery twice a day in my stomach. OUCH!!! My stomach will be all black and blue again when I go into the hospital. I'll look like I went 3 rounds with Mike Tyson as his personal punching bag.

Oh, and I get to keep injecting myself, (well, the nurses will do it while I'm in the hospital) for 5 to 7 days after the surgery, depending on how long it takes for my blood to get to the right consistency again. It clots too easily , and I gotta take this stuff to keep from having DVT's or clots that could kill or seriously hurt me. I've already had one. That was right after the 1st neck surgery, so I'm just a little nervous about this one.
 

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Good for you, dude. I hope you get screwed a little better this time.
 
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Good for you, dude. I hope you get screwed a little better this time.
LOL, Now that's a different way of looking at it huh? I guess you can say I'm looking forward to getting screwed this time!

You certainly have a way with words Candyman! And thank you too for the support, and the good humor, I had to laugh at this one.
 

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Well, if everyone looked at a tragedy like it was one, then noone would be happy. And the whole point of sympathy is to make people happy.
 

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Man good luck on Tuesday and I hope that thisll be the charm.
 
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