Ready to Turn this Around

by Mary on November 2, 2016

I’m scheduled for surgery in the morning with Dr. C., my neurosurgeon. It’s been a hard decision but I’m ready to move onto the next phase of healing and rehab instead of hanging out in limbo.

I had an EMG test on Monday that helped me feel a little more assurance about my plan for surgery. It zaps your muscles with a little electricity to measure nerve function. It’s not a very sensitive test, which means it can miss problems. If it had shown no problem in my legs, I would have felt more unsure about surgery.

My physiatrist wanted to cancel the test since I was already booked for surgery. But I wanted to have it for my peace of mind.

But– not sure if luckily is the right word– it did show ongoing nerve damage in some of the muscles innervated by L5. When the nerves are injured or dying they send pulses of electricity even when the muscle is at rest, and you can hear the static on the test. So the weakness I’m experiencing is for sure not from pain or disuse, but from nerve injury.

My sports medicine doctor really wanted to see the EMG results too. I faxed the report to him and he said he thinks I’m on the right track with surgery.

So for now all I have to do is show up tomorrow. Being a patient is easy that way, a very passive activity, not like skating in a competition or like being, say, an actual brain surgeon.

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Eva November 2, 2016 at 12:29 pm

I’m glad you were able to make a decision, Mary. Sending you healing thoughts for a speedy recovery!
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Mary November 2, 2016 at 3:04 pm

Thanks, Eva!


Melissa November 2, 2016 at 2:58 pm

Saying prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery, Mary. It must feel good to have made a decision and be moving forward. Hugs!



Mary November 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm

It does, I like having a path forward. Hugs back!


Marcia November 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm

I’ll be thinking of you Mary and praying the surgery is an overwhelming success. Wishing you a speedy and pain-free recovery. xoxo
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Mary November 4, 2016 at 4:28 am

Thank you Marcia.


George A. November 2, 2016 at 7:13 pm

Hoping for a great outcome Mary. I think you’re on the right road.


Mary November 4, 2016 at 4:29 am

Thanks for weighing in with some encouragement George.


Jo November 3, 2016 at 1:28 am

Mary, warm wishes for successful surgery and healing. Moving forward is good, and it sounds like your doctors agree that the surgery will be beneficial. Take care and we’ll all be happy to hear how things go for you. Thinking of you!
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Mary November 4, 2016 at 4:30 am

Thanks Jo!


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