This week I had my first follow-up appointment for my third back surgery. It took me a couple of days to recover physically from the trip though which is why I left writing this post till now. The whole trip took about 8 hrs and half of that was travel time. It really just wore me out and left me very tired and in a fair bit of pain with my back.
My mom and I left home at 6 am which is pretty early for the both of us. We got to the Glenrose hospital for x-rays at 8am and I was done getting x-rays by 8:30. The nurses doing the x-rays couldn’t believe it had been such a short time since my surgery because I am moving around more like someone who had surgery 2 months ago. I think it is all because the surgery was much less invasive than the other back surgeries I have had. I really wish my first 2 surgeries had been like this!
The next stop was the Royal Alex where I have my appointments with my specialist and where I also had the surgery. I really don’t know why the x-rays have to be done at another hospital but they do. We got to the Royal Alex at about 8:45 and we hoped that we would not have to wait very long. Sadly, we had to wait about 2hrs before I was able to see my specialist.This was definitely a test of how long I could last and it was definitely difficult on my back. If I hadn’t been on strong painkillers and me being able to rest my head against the wall behind me, I wouldn’t have managed to last so long.
The actual appointment was maybe 15 minutes and it is actually kind of crazy how the entire trip takes 8hrs to have a 15 minute appointment with my specialist. But I guess that is what happens when you live in a different city right? I am happy to say the news was all good news! He told me how he found a crack in the fusion of my spine that wasn’t visible on x-ray. As I understand it, this crack led to strain on the rods which caused the one rod to break. He also thinks that the crack in my spine is what was causing the pain in my back that I have needed spinal injections for. If this is true, that would mean that I will not need any more injections since he fixed the crack in my spine! Basically the rod breaking ended up being a blessing in disguise if this is the case. This made me so happy I almost hugged him. LOL I was able to restrain myself which is good because I am pretty sure that would not have been a good idea. I am cautiously optimistic so I do not get disappointed if I still end up needing injections.
I do think that it is very likely that I might actually finally recover and have a much more normal life but I also think that a lot of stuff pertaining to my back is a wait and see type thing. So I shall wait and see. 🙂 I really hope that everything heals and I am not dealing with the level of pain that I have been experiencing for so many years. Thank you again to everyone who has offered support and encouragement because it really means a lot to me!