I'm pretty sure this is the BEFORE picture. She won't send me an AFTER one :)
As some of you know, Memzy had surgery yesterday at the Kaiser Hospital in L.A.
A discectomy, to be exact. Make that two discectomies and yes--it's double the pleasure, quadruple the pain. Surgery took 4 1/2 hours instead of the expected 2 hrs and we are told it was successful and she should be good as new at some point in the future.
Measuring success is not an exact science and sometimes it cannot be measured at all--at least not immediately. She expected to awaken from her drug induced sleep with a smile on her face totally free from the pain that has plagued her for 8 months. Didn't happen exactly as she had hoped and her pain level has been pretty bad. Morphine is her friend for a day or two but does not last long enough etc. They are adding steroids today and keeping her until tomorrow to get control.
She's a tough cookie and will hang in there but several words come to mind when listening to her voice: discouraged, disappointed, frustrated, pizzed. I am confident, however, that by tomorrow the sun will be shining just a little bit brighter and things will be looking up.
Shed has been wonderful--by her side--being the patient-advocate that he is. It's hard for him to watch her in pain and he said to me (in the sweetest husband voice) "I wish it were me instead of her".
The boys are doing well and friends and family are stepping up to help. Prayers and well wishes/texts/emails will be appreciated.
Over and out,
Memzy's mom who is sad for her