The MRI Results are In
I saw my neurosurgeon yesterday. The verdict is that I need the cervical surgery as soon as possible to prevent paralysis of the hands in the case of a fall or an accident. Right now I’m in no pain at all, and I’d like to keep it that way. I’m very happy that the decision is finally made, although the date is not yet set. It will be scheduled when I get cardiac clearance from my cardiologist, and I can’t see him until the insurance approves it.
I love that this takes holiday decisions out of my hands this year, since the doctor says I can’t travel in a car, except to medical appointments, for two months after the surgery. Although I will be released within a day of the surgery to go home, I won’t be able to travel.
What I will be able to do is read, use my computer, and do the light housework necessary to daily life. I will even be able to go for walks. I’m hoping to get some writing done, continue through a reading marathon of real books so I can finally get rid of them, and just rest a bit, since I will have to put my book business on hold during that time. In short, although there may be a few days of post-op pain involved, The surgeon said this will probably be easier on me than oral surgery was, and at least I’ll be able to eat. I’m almost looking at it as a vacation.
I saw the Nurse Practitioner at my primary physician’s office this morning. I was there to discuss the heart palpitations . I confessed that last night I discovered that I had somehow not gotten my beta blocker into the pill dispenser when I loaded it last time, and I discovered that last night. I have no idea how it happened. I did take it last night. The N.P. said that probably accounts for the palpitations, but she’s worried about my blood pressure. I think I’ll let the cardiologist deal with that. The N.P. thinks I should have another stress test. I hope not.
This pretty well brings my friends up to date on what’s going on medically with me at this time. I’m glad the period of indecision is over. After this is done, I expect to be under much less pressure. And I expect to enjoy my recovery.
The top pill dispenser in the photo was my old one that was falling apart. I have since replaced it.
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