Well, I went to my doctor’s appointment on Thursday expecting to go ahead and set up a date for surgery. We discussed the surgery in detail. Talked about how long I will be in the hospital (4 to 5 days). We also discussed the actual procedure (scary as hell) and the recovery time (2 months or more). The actual name of the procedure is called an Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion. (Look it up on WebMD if you want more information about it.) It’s a rather intense surgery to say the least, with the a grand total of 3 doctors present while the surgery is in progress. 1 Spinal Specialist. 1 General Practice Surgeon. 1 Anesthesiologist.
We didn’t set a date but instead decided to run one more test called a Nerve Conduction Study. Remember in High School Science Class when you stuck the potato with needles, hooked it up to a battery, then shocked it? Well, that’s what they are going to do to me this Thursday. At least now I have something to look forward to next week. The doctor will decide either late Thursday or Friday to go forward with the surgery or do something different. The bottom line is that some type of surgery is going to have to be done to get the pain out of my lower back and legs. The bad thing is that no surgery offers a 100% guarantee or comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s a damn shame too because the average hospital bill for this surgery is $50,000 (www.nytimes.com).
I continue on with being out of work and stuck. Stuck financially. Stuck physically in pain. Emotionally all of this is taking a toll. I am certain I will come out better on the other side, it is just a matter of time and patience. I miss being able to work overtime to catch up on bills or have extra cash. I just got the tax bill for my car, $200, and I have no idea where that money is going to come from. It’s a struggle now just to get by on my reduced income. I am ready to be healed and back at work and to get on with life.