Friday, June 27, 2008

The Start

Hubby and I have spent the last 2 of 3 days in Palo Alto to see a new (to us) neurosurgeon. That was followed promptly by many xrays of hubby's back and a ridiculous amount of labs. We are waiting for insurance approval for the Cat-Scan and the MRI. Then they'll schedule hubby's surgery to re-fuse his spine. Not only is it re-fusing the spine, but it's taking all the hardware out of his back that was put in the first time: 2 plates and 4 screws, and hopefully sans the MRSA this time. Then today we spent the better part of the day at Stanford. Oh what a wonderful place. We should have gone there from the beginning. But can't go back and change things now. We met with an anesthesiologist today in the Stanford Pain Clinic who specializes in chronic pain management. We normally feel SOOOO rushed by the docs here in town and I think they don't know what to do with hubby anymore so they make the visits as short as possible. But HERE we had an hour and a half appointment with this MD all to ourselves. He wanted to know the whole history to get the full picture. He's the first MD to sit and listen to hubby's story from start to finish. Then the MD went and talked to another MD, and then they both came back in and sat with us for another 1/2 hour and gave us a plan. A PLAN!!! This is HUGE. They understand, they care, they get it. There is a light at the end of this tunnel. Yes Yes YES!!! This could be the start of something life changing and good and so very needed. Yipiee!!!

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