Just a note to let you all know I am home and recovering from the most recent back fusion.
Seems to be going pretty well as I got out of the hospital the day following the surgery. I may have left too early, as I still have drainage making things a mess and the doctors fouled up on organizing my drugs for recovery. Took Linda a day to get something slightly more powerful to help lessen the main pain. They have to be careful with me at this point as I may get enough drugs into me that I could go to sleep and not wake up! Doctors have not got the medication right as pain has prevailed so far!
I was trying to attach a picture of all the stitching, but, it was not too clear so didn't send it. That is probably a good thing.
For reference, Five operations in less than Five years. Had two in two days in July '08. Any one of them has scared the pants off me. Don't try this at home!
The current incision (for reference) is about seven inches long. The one above it that I got in September of 2012 is about ten inches and finally the one at the top (Neck work x 2) is about ten or 12 inches. Almost forgot the carbon fiber strip in the neck frontal area of about 7 inches long x 1" wide.
Adding up the length of stitching, we get about 42 inches total (including the Neck being done two times at the top! We could also add in the incision for the first operation of the neck in front at 3 inches to come out with a total of 45 inches in length.
The number of titanium screws in all the tinker toy assemblies is about 44 and the carbon fiber washers (spacers for non existent discs) is about 12.
Two titanium rods at 10" long, each.
Many miscellaneous, odd metal surgery bits and pieces to hold some of this together.
Meanwhile between some of these surgeries, I have also had numerous other medical procedures to help get this over with. Including X-Ray guided shots, nerves burned out, plastic filler into vertebrae and much physical therapy.
Just some interesting facts for you all to ponder....remember, there is a lot of drugs in me doing the talking!
Being from Firebaugh, CA. and having graduated from Dos Palos high school is what obviously makes one tough enough to withstand these demands on the body! OR........" being from Firebaugh and",,,, is the CAUSE or it!
Remember as I do, there are always people out there worse off than ourselves. I pray that they all get the relief they seek, God Bless you, too.
Hope you all have a great day, mine will improve soon.
Thanks for letting me drone on, I am quite bored you know!