|Feeling no pain right before surgery|
|My disk extrusion hitting the nerve|
|Tiger Woods had this surgery|
It all started years ago in my Panther Valley classroom. I had just received several new computers for a project I wrote that had students taking home computers to log onto my bulletin board system - it was an early email and info sharing system - before we had Internet and Email. It was 1992. In my excited frenzy - I tried to lift up and pull my teacher desk across the room. I was completly frozen by a "pulled muscle" I thought. The ambulance took me to Coaldale Hospital. They drugged me up with opium and muscle relaxers. The pain was terrible.
Ever since then - my problem came and went - usually at the worst possible times. Lifting and twisting was the culprit - but we still stuck to the "pulled muscle" explanation.
It was just 12 days from my most recent attack to surgery. Since we are going to London in July and China for 6 months in August - I did not want to screw up Lulu's Fulbright Scholarship. I went to Tallahassee Orthopedic Center. They are the ones that removed the disk in Lulu's neck - and put new joints in 3 of my fingers. They did an outstanding job and also take care of the FSU football team.
I told them our plight - going to China for 6 months - etc - for good old FSU and the USA.
An MRI showed the culprit right away. The disk between 4th and 5th vertebrae was extruding and pushing on a major nerve. It was causing all sorts of pain in the lower back and right leg. This is the same pain I was having for 27 years - it would come and go.
Dr Thomas Parks was my surgeon. He said let's do it now. Medicare and Florida Blue both quickly agreed to cover it. I could go to London - and have a 3 week window back in town before China. Wow - what speed! Tallahassee has 2 major hospitals - thiswas the first time I went to Capital Region Medical Center. Yesterday was surgery.
We arrived at the hospital at 6am. The surgery was at 7:30am and it took 45 minutes. Propofal was the main ingredient. Michael Jackson used to take it every night to go to sleep. He called it Mothers Milk - I call it Milk of Amnesia. The doctor said take 5 deep breaths and you will be gone. I counted them off and said Good-bye. It was 45 minutes later - it seemsed like 5 seconds - I woke up very lucid in the recovery room. They brought Lulu in - she said everything worked perfectly. They removed a large piece of disk that was sticking out and pushing on a major nerve - causing my troubles. They did not remove the disk - it was good. No splints - no screws - no bridges - no fusion.
They said as soon as I pee - I could go home. I walked right to the bathroom and peed like a horse.
My legs and back feel great. No nerve pain anymore shooting through my body. I have a little pain at the wound where they went in - but oxycodone relieves that. This surgery has solved many other things I will explain later - if they stay solved. No pain when I bend over. I can do the 6 inch leg lifts beautifully - no pain. I notice less frequent urination and complete bladder empty now. Strange - I was having trouble with walking barefoot pain - not anymore. My balance is better. Maybe it is all in my oxycodone head.
The main reason I did this now - I did not want to screw up Lulu's Fulbright Scholarship. I am very happy I did this now. My 71st year has been one of great opportunities and let downs. It has been a roller coaster ride. Lulu had a disk removed from her neck that was causing pain for 2 years. Then we went to Dubai and Egypt. Next was 2 weeks in Montana. Then Fathers Day with family in Washington DC.
Next we will spend a month in London in July - then 6 months in China starting in late August.
Now I am so happy to announce my Micro-disectomy. It seems to be a success.