Fractured Spine

Dear family/friends,

I went to meet the surgeon this week.  His name is Yogi.  How can you go wrong with that?  If he meditates, he’s got to have a steady hand for surgery.  Anyway, he seems like a good guy and he is friends with the radiologist and I like him.  He told me that he will only send me to the best and that’s Yogi and he only does spines.  So I’m good with that.  Apparently he is not taking any new patients for 9 months.

So I got a good look at my MRI.  Turns out that I have a fractured spine.  Not quite sure when that happened.  The tumour encompasses a good portion of the vertebrae (#11).  The bone kind of looks like a block of the letter C.  The only parts not totally affected at this point at the “pedicles“ or the ends of the C.  Unfortunately some of the tumour is bulging towards the spinal cord and it’s going to have to be scrapped off before the radiation takes place.  It’s going to take 1 1/2 hours to do the scrapping and an additional 1 1/2 hours to put in titanium rods to support my back.  They will be screwed into the bones above and below the affected bone.  I’ll be going in for surgery at 6:00 a.m in the morning on January 25th… the operation is at 8:00.  So Yogi will be able to go for lunch at 11:00.  They are going to be keeping me over-night.  The radiation treatment will begin two weeks later on February 7th.  Apparently I’m wanted for a study on pain management after the high dose of radiation.  He did say I was going to be in excruciating pain, so I’m not exactly looking forward to that.  I hope they give me some good drugs, because I don’t have very much tolerance for pain.  But I get to write all about that in the questionnaire!

My kids are being bused to and from school now, so I don’t have to worry about that.  However, the bus has been late every single day this week.  So their principal is trying to get them on another bus.  Today was a bit tricky because it snowed and the buses were 40 minutes late.  I told the woman who phoned me that I would drive them to school.  Getting the snow off the car required more from my back than I had anticipated and I had to take a percocet for that when I got home.  I’ve actually been pretty good and have not taken any pain killers for over a week.

I fell down the stairs over the holidays and I’m pretty sure I broke my baby toe.  It was quite black.  Even the percocet didn’t work for that!  It’s getting a bit better now, but I really hate putting on shoes/boots.

Hope all is well with everyone and remember Don’t Do Drugs… Save them all for me.

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