Shuffle the cards-surgery in 2 days
Hi Maggie Here...I have been logging on to this site for 2 years now...after being diagnosed with
Spondylolisthesis w/pars fracture L5-S1... When I first became symptomatic I would have climbed onto
the table the next day but my surgeon (an ortho) suggested trying some conservative and non invasive
approaches which could control pain and increase the quality of life. (back then I couldn't even walk through a grocery story)... Speed up 2 yrs and here I am: maxed out on epidurals (they just don't last) and I've had several 2nd opinions that all indicated that the gold standard for fixing this specific congenital condition on a 55 yr old was fusion surgery. So here I am..poised to begin that journey in two days...I had a rather involved surgery 10 yrs back with a long recovery. However I knew what the results were right away...All I needed to do then was heal. But this is different! There are no absolute guarantees with this at all. not really. So my anxiety level is running rather high right now! I just wish there was a guarantee like I had before but I do think I have this half figured out:
The short version: This is the hand I was dealt..and like a good game of cards, it is a test of will, positive thinking, remaining committed to yourself that you are going to stay in the game, stay the course...and then ofcourse there's LUCK. So I'm playing my hand. Anyone want to send a little extra luck my way..
I'll take it!! If you are reading this post - I would imagine you too, are looking into surgery or have had it.
And if so.. I wish you all the best as well. I will try to post my progress and experiences hopefully to
share, as others have; the good, the bad, and hopefully, not the too ugly details. (I've already read some practical advise on preparing your home coming - ie: commode chairs, walker, and a supply of stool
soften (seriously)...So read on...collect information...check with your DR!!...and good luck all!