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SEL 04-30-2023 12:52 AM

Back Stabbing
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Earl
Yes, get well soon. Hope it heals well.

Had a very badly ruptured lumbar disc back in '14 and had to have surgery. They worked miracles. I'd have been permanently disabled if it had not worked. Still some numbness in my right foot and calf from time to time (right leg was heavily impacted from the rupture...I almost had to drag it behind me after the rupture and the pain was off. the. charts.). Out of work for four months. But, recovered and got back to work. I still take it kind of easy on some manual labor stuff around the house and try to stay this side of stupid when lifting things, but am not overly limited in what I can do. Still some residual 'things' down my right leg at times, but way, way, way better than before the surgery.

Take care...be well!

Earl


Thanks Earl & 5x7. Surgery went well, though she found more crap than the MRI showed before she went in. A lot of arthritis, bone on bone disks. One disk that knuckled out ( my term ) when I bent over. So she cleaned out the arthritis, fused a couple of discs an threw in 8 screws and a couple of pins for good measure.

Prognosis is good, though Iíll be out of work and in a back- brace for a good 12 weeks.
Pain level is pretty high, but the meds keep it tolerable when Iím not moving as long as I stick to the schedule. Thing is, I have to get up and walk (shuffle) every hour or so during the day using a walker. ( What?? Only old farts use walkersÖ) Things should start improving in ~3 weeks or so - how
Much remains to be seen. With any luck Iíll be out there chasing rockets around again next spring.

Sean

Earl 04-30-2023 06:49 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by SEL
Thanks Earl & 5x7. Surgery went weíll, though she found more crap than the MRI showed before she went in. A lot of arthritis, bone on bone disks. One disk that knuckled out ( my term ) when I bent over. So she cleaned out the arthritis, fused a couple of discs an threw in 8 screws and a couple of pins for good measure.

Prognosis is good, though Iíll be out of work and in a back- brace for a good 12 weeks.
Pain level is pretty high, but the meds keep it tolerable when Iím not moving as long as I stick to the schedule. Thing is, I have to get up and walk (shuffle) every hour or so during the day using a walker. ( What?? Only old farts use walkersÖ) Things should start improving in ~3 weeks or so - how
Much remains to be seen. With any luck Iíll be out there chasing rockets around again next spring.

Sean


Sounds like they had to do a decent amount of Ďoverhaulí work on you, but it also sounds like they were thorough, too, which is good. Once in, my damage was more extensive also the doc said, especially the disc material that ruptured into my spinal column. Doc said the spinal cord was squashed pretty hard in that area, causing considerable pressure on the spinal cord. I guess when it comes to tight areas like vertebrae in the back, MRIís and other imaging systems can show only so much detail before they get in there and open it up and get a full honest to goodness look at things.

I suspect you have been told already, but be sure to stick to the doctorís recommendations on activity levels, doís and doníts, etc., to ensure the healing process goes smoothly. I do hope you find the pain level decreases considerable very soon and that increased mobility follows along as well.

Hang in there and donít go sorting through your O or P motor collection for a while! ;) :)

Earl

SEL 04-30-2023 01:25 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Earl
Sounds like they had to do a decent amount of Ďoverhaulí work on you, but it also sounds like they were thorough, too, which is good. Once in, my damage was more extensive also the doc said, especially the disc material that ruptured into my spinal column. Doc said the spinal cord was squashed pretty hard in that area, causing considerable pressure on the spinal cord. I guess when it comes to tight areas like vertebrae in the back, MRIís and other imaging systems can show only so much detail before they get in there and open it up and get a full honest to goodness look at things.

I suspect you have been told already, but be sure to stick to the doctorís recommendations on activity levels, doís and doníts, etc., to ensure the healing process goes smoothly. I do hope you find the pain level decreases considerable very soon and that increased mobility follows along as well.

Hang in there and donít go sorting through your O or P motor collection for a while! ;) :)

Earl


Ha - not a chance. Iím under strict ďNo BLTĒ rules: No Bending, Lifting, Twisting. Absolutely no problem there - sitting, standing, getting in and out of bed and hobbling around with the walker are all the reminders I need to not do anything stupid.

Keeping this Rocket Related:
The last time I was laid up from surgery, I pulled out all my old Rocket magazines (Tripolitans, Model Rocketry Mag.ís, etc. ). I might do that one more time before I sell them off. In a couple of weeks I may try getting some of my many buck nekid rockets primed and painted. I will also get the Golden Scout parts and decal scanned.

Thanks,


Sean


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