Saturday, December 1, 2007

Surgery Update

Hey, Guys! Be sure to check out the poll to the right - it's time to vote for your favorite name for my car (Green Toyota Camry). I can't wait to see what you choose!!

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Well, friends, you have all been so wonderful and supportive. Your comments on my "Surgical Consult" post have given me hope, comfort, and solace. I can't say that I am looking forward to surgery, but, at least, I am not as scared.

The surgeon has decided that, yes, it is indeed time for surgery. I will be undergoing Posterior Lumbar Decompression and Fusion. Sounds exciting and exotic, yes? No matter what, I just want to feel better - wouldn't that be AMAZING????

My surgery is scheduled for December 20. Since I can blog remotely, I hope to be able to update you all directly from the hospital. Cool concept, right? And, you'll have to take the posts with a grain of salt, because who knows WHAT drugs I will be on at the time :) Thank goodness for modern technology.

Then, I was told to expect 4-6 weeks of recovery at home. This actually winds up being perfect timing - it's winter break time, so the synagogue is really quiet. There is very little that I have to reschedule or cover.

My mom is going to come into town for the first few weeks, and then my sister will be helping out. I am sure that friends and congregants will be around, as well.

My mom had a neat idea - she suggested that I journal as much as possible about my experience. It could make a great book one day. She's right - so much of the material available is written by DOCTORS, not patients. Hmmmm..... who knows!

So, I hope you don't mind that I process some of the myriad feelings going on inside of me on these pages. There will be plenty of other posts (of course!!), but this is the major theme in my life now.

Hope all is well in YOUR world!!! Have a great weekend!

7 comments:

MJP said...

Definitely feel free to share your experience along the way. I know I'd love to hear your thoughts as you go through it all.

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Glad you are feeling less trepidatious about the whole thing. Your mom's idea is a good one, and remote blogging under the influence sounds EXCELLENT. : )

Sarene said...

Fantastic idea by your mom! I think your outlook is very healthy and positive. Good for you!

You know I'm available anytime you need this December :-)

Bradley's Mom said...

Hi Marci:

Just stopped by to wish you a Happy Chanukah!

I will keep you in my prayers, and I hope everything goes very well with your surgery.

Did you know that Sue had back surgery also?

Take good care!
Linda

ZILLA said...

Oh! I know a guy who had this surgery fairly recently (6 months ago). It works! It works! Had dinner with him 2 - 3 weeks ago! It WORKS!

Do follow through with Mom's idea. People need the patient's perspective.

PS: I voted for Mimi because Mimi MacNab was once a pen-name of mine. I also like Dave. Reminds me of that Kids in the Hall song, "The Daves I know." Do you know it?

These are the Dave's I know I know, these are the Dave's I know...
Some of them are Davids...
'But most of us are Daves'
They all have their own hands
but they come from different moms.

Great song. Love Bruce McCullach!

ZILLA said...

PS: The guy who had the surgery? His name is ... DAVE!!!

Nap Warden said...

Good luck with the surgery...So glad to hear you will have help for your recovery. That makes things go much easier. Feel better!