Tomorrow officially marks the beginning of Mom's journey towards a new back. Over the next two weeks she will be taking steps to prepare for her surgery. On Tuesday (9/27) she has her pre-op doctor's appointment and she has to go off of all her current pain medications. This could prove to be the first of many challenges as she is currently pretty dependent upon the medications. Although they don't completely take the pain away, they definitely take the edge off so that she can get through her days. I know she will still be determined to live her life as usual, but I hope that she is able to respect the pain and use this time to rest up for her surgery. Resting will be difficult since she wants to get all her last activities in before surgery. I fly to California on September 29th and will be staying with Mom and Dad in Pasadena. Mom's first surgery to place anchors in her pelvis is on the morning of October 10th. Her second surgery to untwist her back and insert rods follows on October 13th. She will be in the ICU overnight after her second surgery and will later be moved to a private room where she will reside until approximately October 20th. That is the tentative timeline for now. I plan to update this blog as she progresses through her journey, so please check back here over the next couple of months for updates on how Mom is doing. Also, please feel free to leave comments and words of encouragement. I know this will be a very difficult time for Mom as she is already nervous about her surgery and the months that follow. I am sure she could use all the love and support she can get :).
Until next time,
Nurse Julie :)