08-03-2017, 07:38 PM
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Northern Illinois
On The Rocky Road To Recovery
For the squeamish I recommend not reading this.
Well to the disappointment to some Iím alive and reasonably well. The operation last week Wednesday was a 100% success, they replaced my top 3 cervical discs and my arms are now 100% pain free. Unfortunately my extended stay in the ICU was due to 2 faulty blood pressure machines that kept reading my BP in the neighborhood of 219/108. Finally and older nurse wised up and brought in a BP Cuff and Stethoscope, problem 1 solved.
Problem 2, a urinary infection developed the day after I was sent home. A trip to the ER the next day and another to a urologist, antibiotics administered and a lesson in self catheterization, (donít say you werenít warned) solved that problem.
Problem 3 is to let the antibiotics run their course for the next coupe of days and see if they canít knock the infection out of my system.
The big day will be August 11th, the day my neurosurgeon says yay or nay on the removal of the collar I have to wear. I canít drive with the collar on, itís difficult to turn my head and holds it up at a 30 degree angle. The collar can be on as long as 6 weeks.
On a sad note we took Hampton in and had him put down Tuesday, his back legs were close to useless, he was going deaf, and would choke on his food when he ate. We talked about doing it before I went into the hospital but I just couldnít bring myself to coming home and not seeing him one last time. For almost 15 years he slept on the foot of my bed using my foot for a pillow.
The reason for the infrequent updates are that itís difficult seeing the screen and typing with my head held upward on a 30 degree angle.
I've read all your well wishes and love each and everyone of you, I don't know how a person like myself can be blessed with so many good friends like you guys. I can't begin to tell you all what you mean to me. You all have a great night, and stay safe, Chuck Out!
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