When the doctor pulled up the images of my MRI, Adam's eyes popped out. The disks are really out pretty far. The surgeon explained how he wanted to go through the front right part of my neck and work on the area. He was very thorough in his description which was both a good and bad thing. I didn't realize how much he would have to push everything aside in my throat to have an open working area. I've been worried about the back of my neck, so I hadn't thought much about the front.
In the end, there would be a little scar on my neck which I'm okay with. I've always thought that scars were kind of cool for the most part.
After weighing the pros and cons with the level of pain and weakness through my back and left arm, we went ahead and set a date.
I'm equal parts freaking out about it and relieved at the same time. Of course I don't want anything to go wrong, but I can't imagine actually being free from the pain.
You know that kid who brakes his arm at the beginning of summer and can't go swimming because he has to wear a cast? Yea, I kind of feel like that kid. I can only hope this is the right decision though - and that everything will work out fine.
I hope that in no time at all, I'll be able to jump off of that diving board - and who knows? Maybe I'll even throw a cannonball.
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