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Changes and I do not like them!

So in five days I will undergo a third spinal fusion surgery. 

I could cuss, I could rant, I could snivel and whine like a spoiled brat bitch, bastard, but I will not.

Change is extremely tough for me and this surgery is about ME making changes. I have already started implementing lifestyle changes so that when I am in recovery mode I give myself the best chance possible to get the most out of this surgery. This is the main reason why I have been scarce of late and I will be really AWOL after Monday for maybe 6-12 weeks. I owe to myself, my wife, my family to be REALLY good after this fusion fix. I have started trying to get more sleep and I KNOW I have one shot here as I do not want anymore spinal surgery. These are a most nasty bit of surgery and having been through this twice before, I have to good. I was not after my first two spinal fusions and let's just leave it at that. No, I will not be going soft, or to the left (I would rather be dead than red and take as many of them as I can with me), it is about giving my spine a chance to heal and fuse. I am under no illusions of great pain relief or being pain free, that is just is not in the cards. What I do expect is some pain relief and regaining stability (no, not mental stability as the jury has already rendered it's verdict). Do not worry, I AM NOT going vegan or vegetarian, hack, spit and give me my bacon cheeseburgers please and my 44 Oz. big gulps of real Coca Cola. I have given EVERYONE permission to nag me, badger me, beat me if necessary to keep me in line. Just how it needs to be and I will gradually return, probably more grumpy than before. After all, I OWN PERMAGRUMP.

Speaking of changes, who better at changes than David Bowie. No, I am not going that way, whatever that way is. I have always liked David Bowie, especially from the 1970's.


 
This is just an FYI and I really hate what is upcoming but it is rapidly becoming reality. Come Monday morning around 7:30 A M, I will willingly, not gladly give over my trust to my surgeon. I will be giving up all control to my beloved wife, family and friends. I am in the best hands possible, the Lord's hands will be guiding my surgeon's hands and bless my wife as she will have her hands full. I could not be in better care. Now I just HAVE TO DO MY PART and that is the toughest part of all.

Updates will be posted when they can by me. I am NOT going anywhere and that is a for sure thing. Besides, with all this titanium in me spine holding it together, I could be  worth a fortune.

Will try to do a few posts before Monday and thanks to all for your prayers and support. PatriotUSA

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Zenster said...

So in five days I will undergo a third spinal fusion surgery.

I could cuss, I could rant, I could snivel and whine like a spoiled brat bitch, bastard, but I will not.


Why bother? We might love you just as much, no matter what. Now wouldn't that get your goat?

I have already started implementing lifestyle changes so that when I am in recovery mode I give myself the best chance possible to get the most out of this surgery.

And that's what it's all about, right? If you don't have the wits to capitalize upon untold thousands of dollars worth of advanced medical treatment, then us kicking your butt after the fact isn't of much use. Capiche?

After all, I OWN PERMAGRUMP.

Far be it from me, but some other people I know might call it "Male PMS". While we're on the subject:

Q: Why do they call it PMS?

A: Because "mad cow disease" was already taken.

Q: Why don't men get mad cow disease?

A: Because all men are piiiiiiiiigs!

Please permit me to hope that I have managed to offend everybody in equal measure. After all, it's the democratic thing to do, no?

Now I just HAVE TO DO MY PART and that is the toughest part of all.

If only you knew just how tough it is to sit back and watch this, sometimes, sordid spectacle. Then again, if we didn't trust you, we couldn't sit back and would have to rush up there and knock some sense into your titanium cranium. Thank goodness you seem determined to avoid that nasty bit of business.

Besides, with all this titanium in me spine holding it together, I could be worth a fortune.

If all else fails, we'll build a jet fighter out of you. Is that good enough?

Will try to do a few posts before Monday and thanks to all for your prayers and support.

Please never forget that—especially for this poor chump who had you at his side last year during the death of my beloved wolf-dog, Zen—maybe, just maybe, YOU'VE EARNED IT.

PatriotUSA said...

No, this is not male PMS but I love the way you have tried to offend everyone.

I appreciate your caring more than I can convey in the use of words. I would not have wanted to be any place else except at Zen's side and helping you deal with such a tremendous loss. It was and will remain one of the most honorable events I have been part of in my entire life.

There are too many variables with this surgery for me to be anything but focused on my recovery. I have permanent nerve damages, severe damages from degenerative arthritis all throughout my spine so the cards have been dealt to me and I must play this hand out.

Maybe I have earned it, Zenster and I know if we lived closer to each other, you would be over here spoiling both me and Kimberly. The fact that I have folks like you, Andrea, Findalis and many others in my life makes me rich beyond all measure.

Thank you, my friend.

Findalis said...

Come Monday morning I will be on my knees praying for your safe recovery from surgery. Also a prayer will be placed in the Kotel for the same. G-d is the greatest surgeon of all time and I know he will be supervising your surgery and recovery.

patricia pledger said...

I will put you on my prayer list, God bless you!

Nick said...

Funnily enough David Bowie was just playing on TV just now - on a programme about the Sea King helicopters. Amazing stories, I've seen one up close at a work-related incident, if I can put it like that, and they're great aircraft. Sadly though, this much-loved old warrior is being retired.

I was thinking about you yesterday, & your upcoming surgery. I thought I might send you out some audio books or something, if you're not able to get about too much for a wee while, that might help you to pass the time.

I think I've mentioned via email that one of my colleagues had back surgery not long ago; I was talking to them just last week & they're doing fine, back to work & everything, so it was worth doing the surgery at the end of the day. Let's just hope that you get some significant benefit from this surgery, & manage to get back out walking with AJ before too long.

PatriotUSA said...

Nick,

Audio books would be a most appreciated gift. Yes, I will be under house arrest for at least 4-6 weeks. I am very concerned that I will go postal. Thus is a huge burden to place on me family and I worry about this terribly.

Thanks for thinking of me. You and others are why I feel so blessed.

Humbled and at a loss for words.

Gary Fouse said...

Sorry for learning of this late. I will of course also be praying for your quick recovery. Will try to fill in the blog speaces while you are laid up.

Gary

Anonymous said...

I will pray for you, and for your surgeon, that your surgery goes absolutely perfectly, and gives you the very best of results as quickly as possible. Take really good care of yourself. Many prayers and good thoughts will be with you.

Bill Smith said...

Brother Rick, Praying for you and I have your back on Patriot's Corner. It will be right here running okay when you return to your keyboard.

I have been going through some things myself but compared to your problems. I won't even complain.

PatriotUSA said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have left me a comment or who have sent me an email of prayers, hope and healing.

I know I will be better after all this is said and done but I am a bit leery of expecting too much. Then again, I want it all. Nothing can make my spine 25 again and there are limits to what my surgeon and titanium can do. There are NO limits of what Jesus and the Lord can do and that is where I will play my hand of cards.

The laptop is almost configured but I was just informed that it will NOT be going to the hospital with me. Probably for the best and I am 100% sure I am not going to want to do much of anything
for a fair number of days having been through this twice before.

A special thanks to you, Bill as PC would be NOTHING without your help, encouragement, PRAYERS and guidance. I have been including you in me prayers daily since we met and that is not about to stop now. Not even temporarily. Thank you, kind sir and to you I owe much. Thanks again, Ozark Guru!