…I’m having an operation right now. I had to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM, which is ridiculous. Everything will go fine, I’m sure. But being under anesthesia bothers me. Isn’t it always when someone’s unconscious that the bad things happen?
Here’s what’s being done, which also bothers me:
Did you know Peyton Manning had this surgery last year?
This is the second time I’m having this surgery — the first time was three years ago. Looks horrifying, doesn’t it? Maybe it just horrifies me : ) There are video clips of ‘actual’ surgeries online, but I’d much rather watch this animated one. For one thing the disc being removed looks like a game token — no biggie. Also the bone graft (in my situation, at least), is also referred to as “cadaver bone.” Yep. From a deceased donor. The first time I had this surgery and received a bone graft, I was a little disappointed that I developed no specials powers. Maybe this time.
Why do I have to have this surgery? The first time two discs ruptured / wore down / something weird happened, and my cervical bones started rubbing against each other and the spinal nerves, causing pain in my neck and shoulders primarily. There was no car accident or past injury (that I could think of) that caused the damage. But I lived with that pain in my neck / shoulders for about 8 years, until it got to a point where I decided it needed to stop. Also it began to worry me that letting the nerves be endlessly compressed could cause permanent nerve damage.
For anyone who’s ever had to contemplate this type of surgery, I can report that I felt great for about a year afterwards. Then little by little, pain started creeping back into my neck and shoulders and right hand. We think the first surgery caused damage to the disc above the fusion site — which does happen, unfortunately.
If you’re so inclined, cross your fingers with me / for me and hope that everything goes well and this will be the last time. I’ve set up some auto-posting for today and tomorrow, until I can rejoin you Tue or Wed.
Have a good Monday — and see you on the other side!