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Post  plantoid on 3/16/2015, 9:27 am

After many years of spinal problems I have been meylogramed , x-rayed , Cat Scanned &   MRI'd goodness knows how many times .. The latest machine in the new hospital 20 miles away is fantastic.
It's pictures are like looking at me laid out opened up on a butcher slab but in grayscale rather than full colour ( that will come one day I'm sure ) 

 The latest set of pictures have finally been assessed as me having two spinal stenosis that are digging at spinal nerves  in my lumbar spine and that there are three places where the disc's have collapsed and are pressing on the spinal cord.

To cut the story shorter I'm considered a good candidate for successful surgery that ought to keep me out of a wheel chair or from being paralyzed from the belly button down to the soles of my feet.  There are greater than normal risks  for a successful outcome for many reasons , some will see me back on here others will not . 
 Whilst it won't cure the original long term  spinal damage I have it  should help with pain and nerve irritation problems
Having had over 20 years of miserable discomfort etc with  the original back injury & for the last nine years the additional difficulties I'm now very happy to chance my arm on anything .
 
 I could be called forward for surgery at a few hours notice anytime in the next six weeks as I had a pre op assessment on Friday afternoon & was given the all systems go hand shake . 

 Should the spinal op be a success six weeks or so later I'll be booked in for a new left knee joint  .. with about the same chances of success/failure  as above .

 I'll like as not be doped up with even more morphine & be out my tiny mind for a lot of this down time .

 So if I'm not online for a few weeks or more ,& people start asking where am I  will some of you let folk know where I am please ..

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Post  princezoe on 3/16/2015, 9:51 am

Thanks for this notice Dave, as I will for sure miss your expertise on this forum

I wish you a outstanding surgery that will decline your problems and a good recovery
It must be very annoying and painful to have these problems for so many years

Take care !!!

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 3/16/2015, 10:23 am

+1, Dave!  I'll be sending health your way and success in the surgeries.

Could you have Allison keep us updated if you're not able to?

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Post  mollyhespra on 3/16/2015, 10:28 am

The following brought to you courtesy of:

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Who Says Orthopaedic Surgeons Have No Humerus!



Here's to a successful surgery & quick recovery!  

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Post  camprn on 3/16/2015, 11:15 am

Good luck Plantoid. I believe this is welcome news and hope for quick movement in the NHS. Cheers!!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/16/2015, 11:35 am

Wishing you a successful surgery and a speedy recovery!

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Post  CapeCoddess on 3/16/2015, 12:03 pm

Okie dokie, David.  We'll pass on the info. 

I sure hope they call you quickly so you can live with out pain once again.  My mother is in the same boat waiting on 2 knee replacement surgeries.  So I'm sending well wishes, and pray that both of you are the perfect candidates for these surgeries and have better than expected results!
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Post  sanderson on 3/16/2015, 1:37 pm

@AtlantaMarie wrote:+1, Dave!  I'll be sending health your way and success in the surgeries.

Could you have Allison keep us updated if you're not able to?

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I hope you find great relief with the surgeries.  Yes, maybe Allison can keep us updated.  DH is prepared to report in to the Forum if I am indisposed for any reason.

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Post  Kelejan on 3/16/2015, 2:24 pm

Looking forward to your return, Plantoid. okay



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Post  llama momma on 3/16/2015, 2:44 pm

Plantoid
Best wishes for terrific results and a speedy recovery.  I hope one day you will talk about bopping around your gardens similar to this little guy.
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Post  yolos on 3/16/2015, 4:22 pm

Good luck Plantoid.  Hope everything goes as you hope.

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Post  Judy McConnell on 3/16/2015, 4:25 pm

Hoping all goes well and the surgeons' hands are so very careful.  See you when you return.

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Post  donnainzone5 on 3/16/2015, 5:50 pm

Is the surgery being performed by a neurosurgeon?

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Post  plantoid on 3/16/2015, 7:33 pm

He is a specialist  surgeon who only does lower spines , he  has a good history of successes in my problem areas both as success of operation & recovery and most importantly the patient staying alive after the event for many years . Laughing

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Post  Kelejan on 3/16/2015, 7:35 pm

That sounds reassuring, Plantoid.

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Post  walshevak on 3/16/2015, 8:12 pm

@plantoid wrote:He is a specialist  surgeon who only does lower spines , he  has a good history of successes in my problem areas both as success of operation & recovery and most importantly the patient staying alive after the event for many years . Laughing
They say laughter is the best medicine so keep up your wicked sense of humor.  And good luck on the surgery.  You will be missed, but this is a good reason.  If good thoughts/karma help , I'm sure you will have a forum full going your way.

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Post  audrey.jeanne.roberts on 3/17/2015, 1:49 am

Praying for an exceptionally good outcome and rapid recovery for you.  You will be missed more than I think you might realize.  You are such a voice of wise counsel here {Hugs!}
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Post  Goosegirl on 3/17/2015, 4:39 am

As Dstack's strapline says, thoughts are seeds. Guaranteed we are planting and growing a global 'good thoughts' SFG that will bust boxes for you! Wishing you speedy call and speedy recovery!

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Post  sfg4uKim on 3/17/2015, 10:56 am

Praying. Can't wait to hear the good report.

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Post  Turan on 3/17/2015, 11:43 am

Fingers crossed and hoping for all the best.
See you later
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PS, I couldn't help but notice how groovy moves Mr Carrot man makes with a fused back.

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Post  Marc Iverson on 3/18/2015, 3:27 am

Good luck, Plantoid!

Backs can be such misery. Hope it goes well for you.

On the positive side, knee replacements are standard these days and seem to have great results so regularly as to be predictable. They are so much better with joints these days than even ten or twenty years ago. Best of luck to your host of problems. We need you back here and hope you're happily and frequently contributing soon!

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Post  quiltbea on 3/18/2015, 6:51 pm

Hey, Dave, my best wishes for a great outcome and a quick recovery.
Hope to see you posting again soon.
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Post  jimmy cee on 3/18/2015, 8:03 pm

My father-in-law fell 2 floors on a construction site in the 50s, he was hospitalized for a whole year.
Given a 50/50 chance of recovery after an operation he opted to continue living in pain.
We only wish he had the expertise that exists now.
The pain he lived with surely shortened his life, we hope your operation is successful and recovery is speedy...

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Post  FamilyGardening on 3/21/2015, 3:44 am

Best wishes and speedy recovery!

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Post  sanderson on 3/21/2015, 4:22 am

Jimmy, I'm sorry about your father-in-law. As much as we get nostalgic about the simpler times, the one thing I am happy about today are the advances in medicine and surgery.

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