Thursday, October 14, 2010

Belfast to Boston

What an insane day...  Woke up at 4:30a.m., out the door by 5:30 a.m., drove to the airport and caught a flight to Boston to go to meet with the surgeon that is going to be operating on my spine.  Got thru the appointment, got back on a plane and came home... INSANE?  absolutely!  The hardest part was not seeing my baby all day!  I left before she woke and got home after she was asleep!!!

It really was a good thing I did this now.  It was a crazy day, rushed, painful, slightly scary (still amazed I found my way taking Boston mass transit to & from the airport!) but really informative, and I'm closer to seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with this whole back thing.

I arrived at the hospital a little early for my appointment, so I went to Whole Foods to grab some lunch.  Walking back, I stopped a guy dressed in Dr garb to ask for directions, since I was a bit turned around.  He asks me what Dr I was going to see and I told him Dr Coumans... his reaction was VERY reassuring...  he said "Wow, you went straight for the best, huh?"  VERY glad to hear that!
Anyway, brought all my old MRI disks with me, thank goodness... met with Dr Coumans, and discussed the problems with my Thoracic spine as well as the other problems.  Basically, he said that I am not a candidate for the surgery on the Thoracic spine right now.  It's too risky and he doesn't think that the bulk of my symptoms stem from that ruptured disk.  He is convinced there are still issues with my cervical spine that are causing a lot of the pain & problems.  So he ordered a new MRI of my cervical spine.  Once he sees those results, we will schedule the surgery he DOES think I need right now... definitely the Lumbar spine needs help.  He even thinks that once the surgery is over and I recover, I may even be able to feel my leg again!!! WOOHOO!!!  No guarantees, since the nerves have been compressed for so long it may be permanent, but he said it really was possible!

And then, I come home to find that my dear, sweet friend Margie not only took GREAT care of my little munchkin while I was gone, but she also cleaned all the knick-knacks in my entertainment unit, washed my windows (! ! ! ! ! ! ! !)  AND straightened the family room!  Holy COW!  What an AWESOME friend! 

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