I'm trying not to think what I called this post - I'm trying very hard to stay with what I know and not leap into 'what ifs'
Most of you know the multiple and very complex surgeries I've had and the progression of my spinal issues. If you don't, and you're interested enough they're on my profile.
So, I was referred back to neurosurgeon who did very serious but utterly amazing surgery in my neck in 2002 - this was the 2nd surgery. I had lost the use of my left hand and was in excruciating pain. Disc was shattered, one piece was resting on nerve going down arm, hence arm and hand symptoms, the rest was floating loose and a piece could have settled on spinal cord and that would have been game over really - paraplegic.
I'd had one neck surgery before that and since I've had 4 lumbar and a thoroscapular fusion 😁
So, to have numb fingers and forearm again is scary to say the least, especially as I'm in the middle of a series of assessments at St Thomas's for a spinal cord stimulator to treat lumbar and pelvis / groin pain.
I have an MRI next tuesday and another appointment with neurosurgeon next fri. Really can't complain about this as its nhs treatment!! Mr very important Neurosurgeon wasn't too important to ring through for my MRI appt whilst I was with him!!! We don't come across that level of care very often do we?!!
So my question really is how you manage distraction when facing such a scary appointment?
Any suggestions welcome.
Hoping everyone having a comfortable time