One month ago, I had a surgery that involved:
*the removal of a collapsed T9 vertebra (Vertebrectomy)
*the removal of the remains of an irradiated Plasmacytoma
*the fusion of eleven vertebra T3 through L2
*replacement of T9 with a plastic “cage”
*two pints of transfused blood
*seven hours in the OR
*one week of hospitalization in the neurological intermediate care unit at Northside Spine Center
Today, I take no pain medications, wear a brace and use a cane when I am walking outside my home.
I know that I can say that I am a very blessed man. Along the way, I have had the intervention of brilliant neurosurgeons and oncologists, the optimism, care and love of a wonderful wife and family and the prayers and support of many friends.
All of the above is sufficient reason to be thankful and to crow a little!
I leave the reader today with a little Will Green’s humor. For a while in my recovery, I used a walker with a name, Walker, Texas Ranger. Now, I use a cane with a name, Michael Cane.
Leave it to the kiddos!