July 29, 2009

New knee....check, Lower back fusion/disc replacement.....tomorrow!

My new knee is doing super, I'm running about 50 miles a week and it feels great, my lower back on the other hand has been bothering me since last September and has become worse over the past few months. We bought a new mattress, thinking that would help, but it didn't (it's nice though, so that worked out). Sleeping has been the worst! Anytime I move or roll over it wakes me up and I moan so loud it wakes my poor wife Jill, the other night even our son Christopher could hear me moaning from his bedroom! I finally went to the orthopedic doctor, they took x-rays and the area of the spine between L-3 & L-4 is bone on bone, no space at all! I had a MRI yesterday and that confirmed the regular x-ray. Jill and I met with the doctor this afternoon and my only option is surgery. I had major back surgery/fusion in 1994 as a result of the farm accident and car accident I had. It has not given me any problem until last September.

The good news is, the doctor had a cancellation and I'm scheduled for surgery tomorrow morning and they have a less invasive procedure they do now that speeds up recovery time and I should only be in the hospital for a day maybe 2 at the most. I'm looking forward to getting back out running and cycling in the not to distance future! Take care and have a great day!

Dick

7 comments:

Surfsister said...

Good luck, Dick!! I'm a few weeks shy of four months since my knee replacement. I'll be back on a surfboard soon!

I'll be sending good karma your way tomorrow!

Laura said...

Yikes Dick! But just another hiccup in life. Praying for your doctor today!

Dennis and Julie said...

Sending good karma your way today. Make it through the procedure and heal quickly!

Gregg said...

Good Luck with the Surg Dick...
Here's to a speedy recovery.
Gregg

Greta Jones said...

Best of luck Dick! I'm be thinking of you today.

Julie said...

Thinking of you and hope your surgery went well today.

- Julie Herron

Jen Kelly said...

Oh jeez, Dick...well, I guess this will make another interesting chapter in your life's story. Hope everything went well!!!!

Jen Kelly