Hello! I am very pleased to report that I had my three-month follow-up appointment at the surgeon's a few days ago. Can you believe that three months have already gone by since my spinal fusion surgery? I know I can't...
Anywho, I had a fresh set of x-rays taken (the picture to the left looks just like mine), met with a physician's assistant, and then saw my surgeon. All of them agreed that my recovery is going splendidly. The screws are all in the right place, the fused bone is forming nicely, the incision is healing up well, and my pain level is decreasing smoothly.
I finally had a chance to ask the surgeon what exactly had been put into my spine. He explained that a bone graft was taken from my pelvic bone, which was then mixed with cadaver bone (I plan to be possessed by the spirit of the person whose bone is in me any day now... stay tuned for updates... teehee...) and "bovine materials." BOVINE??? All I can say to that is:
I told my surgeon that, in no uncertain terms, he changed my life. He paused for a second, then responded, "Well, spinal fusion often gets a bad rap [due to its severity], but in a case like yours, where you have been in pain for so long, it can really be the right choice." And it was. I will always be grateful for the medical advances which enabled me to finally be healed from the years of suffering that I have lived with.
In other news, my 30th birthday is coming up next week..... woohoo!!!