I needed some good news, because I have more porch rugs to weave.
Here is what the doctor said:
The CT of the spine is somewhat reassuring. The bone does not seem to be growing. The bone does not distort the brain or spinal cord on this study. You only would need a second surgery if you were having a tough time. You are not in danger. If we need to do something it would be just drilling out the middle of the fusion mass. There would be no need to redo the fusion. While not a minor surgery it would be no where near the stress of your previous surgery. I will show the films to Dr. Latefi if he is available tomorrow and could call you afterwords if you would like.
You can bet I told him to call me tomorrow. I asked some questions, and I want to know what the other surgeon says, the one who fused my spine.
I am encouraged today.
I know now that if there needs to be another surgery, they can do it.
And it is also very reassuring to hear him say that it would not be as difficult a surgery as the one last August.
That is a gift, my friends, a real gift.
I want to grow old(er) quietly, weaving my life in color and texture, one day at a time.
Giving thanks for every chance I get to do it again.