I'm not sure if I posted the last time my mom had surgery (about a month ago)...so I guess I'll start from the beginning.
My mom has degenerative disk disorder (i think that's what it's called) and her vertebrae have been pinching nerves and stuff because her disks have slipped or dissolved...so for years she's been in a lot of pain..
About a month ago she had a surgery on her upper spine, I think it was between 5 and 6, and 6 and 7 (the vertebrae, counting down from the top)...the nerves were so badly pinched and damaged and compressed that she lost all feeling in her left arm and would scream for like 10 minutes after she laid down because her back had to adjust and until it did she was in severe severe pain...Basically they took out what was left of the disks between 5 and 6 and 6 and 7...and replaced them with something (i don't really remember what) and screwed it into place...it was a pretty major surgery, i mean, it was her spine..and they had to go in through her neck and move that major artery that's in your neck...but the recovery time was extremely short (she had the surgery on a monday, and she was back in church the next sunday)...
Today, she's having pretty much the same thing done, except on her lower spine. They're hoping that this will fix most of the other issues she's been having (although she does still have fibromyalgia and really bad knees and ankles)....but the surgery is much longer and more extensive, and the recovery time will be long and difficult. She could end up losing function in her legs if something goes wrong, and she will (best case) not be able to bend at all for 12 weeks, basically have to lay down or stand up....and I know it's going to be miserable for her.
I'm just really worried about my mom. I definitely bought some hot chocolate from the caffeteria in the hospital, but I don't really care about the calories right now (although I SHOULD, because I've had that "I don't care" mentality for the past month or so, and I haven't really lost anything at all...I NEED to get back on plan..)...I'm really worried about her...I hope she's going to be okay.
I just needed to talk about it, so thanks for listening guys.