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Saturday, November 22, 2003
Great news. My brother's surgery went very well. It was supposed to take 2 1/2 - 3 hours, but they were done in less than two. They put 2 metal plates in his back and relieved the pressure on his spine. Apparently, these were the largest bone fragments that the surgeon or resident had ever seen. They were compressing his spine, causing tremendous pain and nerve damage. I was getting ready to head to the hospital this morning when Mom called to say that Scott was being discharged and not to come to Lexington. I got to talk with him on the phone, and he said he was in very little pain. His back felt a hundred times better. He was really hoarse, and his neck was sore. The incision was about two inches on the right side of his neck, and they moved his esophogus and other body parts & pieces out of the way to get to his spine. No wonder he was sore!!! Now we need to wait to see if the nerve damage reverses itself. He's got significant weakness & numbness down his left arm. Makes it hard to pick up his kids, which just kills him. Hopefully that will improve. *Fingers crossed* But I'm so relieved that he's ok. I was totally fine yesterday, until the surgery was over. We went out with some friends for dinner & drinks, and I was a nervous wreck then, after it was all over. I really am weird.
11/22/2003 11:15:00 PM :: ::
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