Monday, 23 January 2006

Life, work and everything else is pretty crazy these days. I'm tentatively scheduled for some major surgery on my lower back in February, and my day (and evening) job is hectic and quite challenging in many ways (but I'm not complaining). Add everything else that happens in life into the mix, well... Recently it's been just a bit overwhelming at times.

I've traveled more than usual lately. One of the things I found made it more bearable (besides wearing my rigid back brace on airplanes - thank goodness for that stupid thing) is the new iPod video model I recently picked up. I discovered Battlestar Galactica, the revived show that everyone and their brother has apparently seen and raves about. Now I can see why they rave. I used to watch the original series when I was a kid - it was the greatest show on TV for a period of time, at least in my book. So, I purchased the pilot mini-series of the new, modern version via iTunes a couple weeks ago and watched it on my flights to Philly and Pittsburgh. What a great show. Definitely made a couple long flights much more sane. I downloaded the first season of the show the other night and will start watching that soon.

Some of you know I've had back problems for some time. I now have back surgery set for February 15th in Seattle. There are some tests that I have to get done before then, too (bone scan, labs, etc.). From what the doc says, I guess I will be relatively out of it for a while - at least a few weeks. It's quite an intimidating prospect, actually: I have never had major surgery before, so I am more than just a little nervous, even though the doc is terrific and has tons of experience. More on that later, maybe when the day gets closer. Afterward it will certainly make for an interesting and geeky bionic-man kind of tale, assuming all works out and the surgery actually happens. First things first.

Have you ever had major surgery? Care to share your experience? Mine will be an anterior (read: from the front) approach to the lumbar spine (at L5-S1), where they'll remove the disc and then do their handiwork. Not too common, but maybe there's someone else out there who's been through that sort of thing. If so, let me know.

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Monday, 23 January 2006 21:04:47 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Feel Good!
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 04:13:06 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg - I was going to wish you well on your surgery, but before I clicked the comment link I scanned through your other recent postings and ran across the one about the best blonde joke ever. #@*)!$ :) (What the hell.... good luck with the surgery!)
Tuesday, 24 January 2006 11:07:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Hi Greg! Good luck on your surgery!
Wednesday, 25 January 2006 15:19:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
it's amazing what they can do these days! Hang in there! I've never had back surgery but I did endure chemotherapy and bone marrow tests for a while once upon a time. It really does make you think about things. the operating room, watch for the machine that goes "bing!".
Saturday, 28 January 2006 02:51:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Yikes, good luck bud. Back surgery can't be the most fun way to spend your time in Seattle! Best of luck!
Tuesday, 31 January 2006 07:44:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
PLEASE DO NOT GET YOUR DISC REMOVED ENTIRELY (esp from the front!!!) You need to get the minimally invasive micro lumbar discectomy. I had back surgery back in July to have them slice the little bit of disc out (L5-S1) and I recovered 100% in a matter of days. Please see my comment on one of your older back-pain posts... I went to the doctor in NY that pioneered this minimally invasive technique.

I'd be more than glad to help you with further information.

PS, the morphine I got after surgey was fantastic :)
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