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March 27, 2008

Just Another Thursday

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathy @ 10:42 pm

Tonight I, Jo, Kathy’s daughter, author of More Than Milk, will be guest blogging in my mom’s stead, as she is high on morphine in a hospital bed. As my dad says, it has been a big week for her. Welcoming her son home from Korea, busting the neighbor’s rooster, and having neck surgery. This makes three surgeries in the last two years I believe, one on her wrist and two on her spine.

mum in hospy

This time is was an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with plating and also something else we think at vertebrae 4-7. Unrelated to the last back surgery. Three of the discs between the vertebrae in her neck were crushing her spinal cord because her neck was curved the wrong way, which was causing her arm a lot of pain. Three discs in this condition is very rare, and from the doctors’ reactions it seems like she should have been nearly paralyzed or something. My mom is one toughie. So they went in and replaced those three discs with some artificial discy things, fused the vertebrate with plates, cleaned up the bone spurs and calcified mess that had grown in there, and now supposedly her spine should have the correct curve in the neck. To do this all, they went in through the front of the neck. Eek!

in through the neck

Today she enjoyed visits from my brothers and my aunt Holly who brought homemade caramels, and when I got there she looked great and felt great. Might have something to do that morphine drip. It probably didn’t hurt that she was in a brand new hospital that was like a hotel too. She’ll be able to go home tomorrow.  I’m sure she’ll have some blogging of her own to do very soon.

Spine surgery sounds like the scariest thing to me. I kept thinking, what if they paralyze her! or cut into her vocal chords and she loses her voice forever! or accidentally stab her throat and she can’t eat! So what a relief to see that all is well and my momma is fixed! I’m so lucky she’s my momma and I hope she recovers lickety split.



  1. I am so thankful everything went just right. And the morphine smile is worth a thousand words. I love you.

    Comment by Marianne — March 28, 2008 @ 9:50 am | Reply

  2. Kathy, please do get well, lickety-split.
    BTW, I think you are a “disc”-o queen now! A dream come true.

    Comment by Connie — April 1, 2008 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  3. I feel for your mom, and am wondering on her progress? I too am scheduled for an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion on Sept 8th of 2008. It is at the C5/6 location only.

    I came across your blog by researching the procedure online. Basically trying to squelch my concerns for the aftermath of the procedure.

    The going through the front of the neck part has me very queasy, and reading all the possible ‘worst case’ outcomes in third party medical jargon has me a bit concerned. What I am curious about is the ‘recovery period’ involved. From what I can tell your mom’s procedure, with a fusion of 4 vertebras, would be likely more involved then mine, with only a fusion of 2. But it might give me more of a first person idea then the standard medical third party viewpoint that is very aseptic and sterile. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    I also realize that by now you may have already blogged some comments here and there about your recovery. But I figured better to just ask at this page since I’m here, and I need to get to other things at this moment and will have to ‘come back’ to navigate your more recent blog’s.

    Comment by Thomas Denison — July 23, 2008 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  4. Hi, I cam across your post about neck surgery. I have mine on March 22. I too had a missionary return from Jamicia Oct-2008.
    I am in Mansfield Texas 2nd ward. So Iam not a stalker or wierdo. Im nervious and need to know how long you were in the hospital and what pain was like. I had a 360 lumbar when my son was on his mission. can you share anything with me? Julie Snider

    Comment by Julie Snider Mansfield,TX 2nd ward) — March 2, 2010 @ 12:39 am | Reply

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