Monday, June 26, 2006

Update

I don't know about the hotties that work with Dr. Eyke, but I can this about him: he's a spitty nerd. You ever see people that let the spit just kinda build up in their mouth? Yeah, he does that. It's gross. That's what I noticed. What Chris noticed is that he doesn't shake. Not at all. Like when he was holding his hand up to mark the MRI, his pencil didn't waver a bit. Chris felt a lot better about everything when he saw that.

Ok, update! We saw the spinal surgeon, Dr Eyke, on Friday at one o'clock and spent the rest of the afternoon getting fitted for the cervical collar and getting all his pre-surgical testing done. He will be going into surgery on Wednesday morning. It is rather amazing considering all the little details and scheduling availabilities that needed to line up to make this happen! Somehow though, the staff at Orthopedic Associates of Muskegon called in some favors and got everyone on board and making accomodations for Chris. It was faintly miraculous, actually.

The best best best news of all is that this surgery, if successful, will reduce Chris's pain by 50-80%, something that got Chris and I very excited! You have no idea the improvement in the quality of his life by just reducing the amount of pain he has to deal with everyday. Ooops. I forgot about something. Chris doesn't like everyone to know he's in pain so when you see him, just pretend like you don't know about his pain. But anyway, the other thing I am super excited about is that he is going to quit smoking. Dr. Eyke and Dr. Moulton told him outright that the surgery will fail if he continues to smoke. And Chris said in that head-on, deadly sincere way of his, "Whatever it takes, man, I'll do it because right now I've got nothing. Nothing." What he means is that he feels like he is not living up to what he feels he needs to be and do for the kids and I. And it is really making him crazy with frustration. I could tell him a hundred times that I'm not a materialistic person and it doesn't matter to me that he isn't making all kinds of money like he used to, but in his eyes, he just isn't a man. So, let's hope that the surgery not only restores his neck to working capacity, but also gives him a little better outlook on his life!

Anyway, everyone, we spent a wonderful weekend together and really enjoyed just being together with the knowledge lurking in the back of our minds that he isn't going to be able to do much in the way of fun stuff for a while. I want to thank all of you for your good thoughts and prayers. It means a lot! I will continue to update everyone as things progress! In the meantime, however, I'd better get my pictures posted here. I won't have a lot of freetime in the next two weeks or so!

14 comments:

Chill Daddy said...

Glad to hear everything's coming together for the surgery. I'll poke my nose in on Wednesday and make sure he gets all the best of everything.

Also, I just wanted to remind you that you've been tagged for 'believe it or not'. I figure with all the wild stuff that's happened to you, you're stories are gonna be pretty hard to figure out.

bunnyjo georg said...

Oh, was I tagged, too! Ooo, this will be fun. :) Unfortunately, I have spent too much time blabbing about my wild stories and will most likely have a hard time coming up with new ones. But it will be fun trying! :)

shortensweet said...

I'm so glad that he is having his surgery so soon. I was worried about him being in pain and having to deal with you too. Ha ha

Please let him know that my prayers are with him (and you too sista) and I can't wait until he's not hurting as much.

THAT WAY..he can dance a lot at your reception :)
(sorry, hadn't done that in awhile)
Besides, I need a put together brother in law, I'm moving soon. :)

VeeFlower said...

We all wish Chris the best, and will be checking in often to see how he is doing. I have confidence the doctors will do their best for him. Now if we can only get him to stop balancing broomsticks on his nose with an injured neck, that would be half the battle to recovery!

Bonnie Blithe said...

I hope Chris' surgery goes well today. Let us know!

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bunnyjo georg said...

Hi everyone....I'm here at the surgical waiting room. Chris went into the surgery about 11:30, but Ray said that they didn't put him out until right about noon, so that means we won't hear anything about how the surgery went until 4:00 or so. The surgery will take 3 to 4 hours and then an hour to an hour and a half in recovery. That's a long day! The good news is, he QUIT SMOKING!!! So in my opinion, this surgery is already a success! Thank you, everyone, for your good wishes and prayers. I will keep you posted!

Bonnie Blithe said...

He's quit smoking, he's going to be in pain and frustrated while recovering...
It better be love, Bunny, 'cause he's going to be a real prick to live with for a while! ;)
Call me, GIRRRRRRRLL, when he's all tucked in at home.

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shortensweet said...

I'm glad he did well during his surgery...PLEASE MAKE HIM TAKE IT EASY. Even if you have to tie him to the bed...oh wait..um..well, you know what I mean.

I will pray that he is able to still not smoke. I will tell ya this, my Dad said that smoking made the pain seem not as bad.

bunnyjo georg said...

Let's not underestimate Chris's ability to amaze us all. He's been up in bed crackink jokes and making all the nurses giddy since an hour or so out of his surgery. He is doing *amazingly well*

As far as the not smoking goes, he's not the type to waver. He did say today that he craved a cigarette, but he's determined to not smoke anymore. And if he did start smoking, he and I would have a SERIOUS problem. It's not just a matter of his eventual health problems, it's a here-and-now issue that if he smokes, he WILL NOT recover and neither one of us ever want to see him go back to the pain he was living with up until yesterday. Besides, they are sending him home with Percocet, so he'll be *quite happy* with his fun drugs.

Ancient Clown said...

Yeah, it's always better to have an surgeon stirred, not shaking, and here's another free tidbit of info, don't trust a chemistry teacher who has no eyebrows.
I have a POLL heard throughout the World...have ya heard?
Have you and your friends stop by if ya get a chance.
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

VeeFlower said...

As a former smoker, I have to say that it may not be wise to try to take on too much at once. Chris may be a trouper, but smoking can get a stranglehold on many areas of your life without your even realizing it. It tends to sabotage you when you least expect it, and powerfully. I'm not saying he can't do it, but I am saying, don't ever give a smoker an ultimatum. While he may sincerely desire, and be very determined to quit, he has to be in charge of it.One of the reasons I smoked as long as I did is I childishly believed everyone was trying to take away the one little thing I did to feel good. It made me much more stubborn, and weakened my resolve. All I'm saying is IT AIN'T EASY!

HUBBYMAN said...

KUDO'S TO CHRIS!!! I APPLAUD ANYONE TRYING TO/OR HAS QUIT SMOKING. IT'S NOT EASY, BUT NEITHER IS WATCHING SOMEONE YOU LOVE SMOKE THEMSELF INTO PAINFUL CANCER & AND EARLY GRAVE.

GOOD LUCK CHRIS! LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!!