It's taken me a bit to get on here and get my blog up to date on what happened at the neurosurgeon's appointment....so here goes:
The minute I walked into the tall, tall building that houses the medical offices of OHSU (Oregon Health and Sciences University), I felt "right" somehow. It had to be a "God-thing" because I had a couple of tough experiences there a couple of years ago...but nope, everything was going well.
My neurosurgeon was on time, and when I and my husband went in, I was first interviewed by the kind physician's assistant who had interviewed me before, when I first visited that office in 2009. She visits with you, and then goes back to the surgeon and tells him all about what is wanted, expected, etc, so that he can be ready when he walks in. I had told her that I was ready to put it all into the surgeon's hands: if he says yes to a surgery, I will make a decision on the spot to have it done. If he says no, I'll walk out and not seek surgery again.
Therefore, it was not a surprise when he walked into the exam room and got right to the point: yes, you still need surgery and so, first, we'll get new imaging, and once that is done, I will go back to see him and we'll discuss if surgery is still the right thing to do. He wants to just fuse the C1 and C2. I asked him if he'd fuse to the occiput (skull base) and he answered that he prefers not to unless it's very necessary. He said that when he gets into the surgery, at a certain point, he can check it all to see if there is movement where there shouldn't be, and if so, then he'd fuse to the skull base.
My feelings about it are that I prefer he does go ahead and fuse the skull base, but I trust his judgment. I also feel that the fusion of C1 to C2 is certainly warranted since the last MRI where the radiologist reported movement of the C1 to the left, which is not good.
He was soooo nice, and said a few times that I will do really well with this surgery, that he will be helping me a lot, that alot of my symptoms will resolve. I am so happy!
So, right now, I'm waiting for my workers comp insurance to give the go-ahead to have the surgery, and then I can move ahead with the new xray; new MRI (regular) and then the SPEC scan which is an MRI done after a radioactive substance is injected into my veins. He said he was really liking his experiences with the SPEC. I had it last time and no problems.
I'm very excited about this. First of all, as soon as he spoke his words, I got misty-eyed, and tears came from my eyes. I realized as I went home that there was something HUGELY different in my life. Something felt so very changed to how I felt from the time I broke my neck, 7.5 years ago, until the surgeon spoke those words a couple of weeks ago. On the way home, it hit me what it was. HOPE. I have hope, something I have not had for many years. This surgery, believe it or not, will be the FIRST surgery ever that I will have had on the C1/skull base area, since I shattered it all April 9, 2004! The surgeon said it was high time someone helped me out. Lord, please bless this wonderful man!
All of your prayers were felt, believe me. The surgeon was like a new man, completely different from how he was 2 yrs ago. There was a sense of JOY in the exam room, when the center of attention, ME, was infused with happiness and joy that I would finally get stability at the craniocervical junction! The PA was laughing and happy; my husband was cracking jokes, per usual; the surgeon was joyful and tears were streaming down the cheeks of my face as that single emotion, HOPE, which had been missing for so many years, took up residence in my brain.
Thank you for everything and I will keep you posted.