On Wednesday January 11, 2016 Don had surgery on his back. Below is his report and email address if you wish to send him a note.
Not terrible, not great. Back feels fine, but the right leg still having residual weakness. I'm able to do pretty much whatever I want - except for golf - as long as I'm somewhat careful.
I had another MRI about a month ago, and got an epidural injection two weeks ago. The MRI showed that I've developed some moderate to severe stenosis at the L2 vertebrae, which is the next one above where he did the fusion. He said this sometimes occurs with the type of surgery that I had. The epidural didn't make any improvement, so today we decided to go ahead with another surgery to clean out that area. He will perform a laminectomy, and it's scheduled for July 6. He said it should be an outpatient procedure, although it could be an overnight stay. Just so you know, we tentatively plan to try to make the September reunion, and if so we will attend the dinner at Luigi's. I'll just have to confirm for sure later, but based on what the surgeon is telling me I don't anticipate it being a problem. I'd really like to see everyone. Thanks again for your continued interest. Will keep you updated following the surgery, and hope to see you in September. Don
The surgeon was pleased with my progress and the X-rays showed that the back is healing properly. The leg is still giving me problems. It's better than it was, but is still considerably weaker than the other. The surgeon reminded me that it can take from 6-12 months to completely recover from this type surgery. I told him at my age I could probably spare six months, but a year was really stretching it. Anyway, some things can be rushed, and other things can't, and I'm just going to have to get my head - and body - around that. That's about it in a nutshell. Don
Golf? I haven't even asked the question, but I plan to at my next appointment on April 4. I've had three weeks of physical therapy to get some additional strength back in my right quadricep. I won't be able to play until I can be sure that it won't give way on me in my backswing. It's coming along, but much slower than I'd hoped for. Everything else is good; no back pain, etc.
The 24th visit went well. The doc was very pleased with my progress, and said to just keep doing what I'm doing, which is walking. I try to get out at least twice a day, and I'm walking a mile on one jaunt, and about half that on the other. I plan to try to gradually increase my distance. The right leg is still weak in the front thigh area, but seems to be getting better.
I can drive as long as I'm not taking any narcotics for pain, which I haven't for almost two weeks. I'm having very little discomfort. I see him again on February 28. Don
I'm doing pretty well. My surgery was Wednesday, and the doc was very pleased with how everything went. I wound up with two grafts, two rods, four screws, and he cleaned out some stenosis and arthritis, as well as removed some spurs. I came home yesterday and am fairly mobile. My pain level is fairly low, so I'm able to be pretty comfortable. I see the surgeon again on the 24th.