Thursday, April 1, 2010

Goodwill Treasure and another spinal fusion?

Little Ms. Peytiecakes had a Dr. appointment this morning before school. Of course I had to bribe her with the ever popular McDonalds cinnamelts and a chocolate milk. It's completely Ronald McDonald's fault that we eat at McD's. His happy cheerful face totally suckers us in to believing that those cinnamelts will be WAY more healthy than the icing-laden toaster strudel that she typically has at home. WITH ORANGE JUICE, I might add. (Did you all see the news about the group trying to get McD's to remove Ronald because he lures kids into thinking they are making healthy choices?) Frankly, the poor redheaded afro sporting fellow isn't on a whole lotta merchandise that I see. Although he WAS on the chocolate milk this morning. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with milk. Or chocolate...it has some antioxidants or something, right? ;-)

SO anyway, after P got dropped off to school I swung by a Goodwill near her school that just opened TODAY to drop off some things Matt doesn't wear anymore...mainly tie's that his classes had given him over the years...zoo animals and brilliant blue with panda's just isn't cutting the dress code over at the office anymore. Being the good shopper that I am, I couldn't NOT stop in the store after I contributed. Low and BEHOLD, my pretty footed milk glass compote/vase or something or other. I think it's LOVELY. It will be so pretty to hold silver ware at an impromtu lunch. I'd have to give it to my sister if it was hobnail. Thank goodness it wasn't! I'm sharing it with Melissa's Thursdays Treasures and Trinkets over at MY COTTAGE CHARM

If you are interested in my back issues, (HEY WHO COULDN'T be interested in my SPINAL wonkieness~ total sarcasm if you didn't know folks!), I'll edit this post in a bit and let you know what might be happening in the next month or so. If you ever wonder why I post this wonkified spine stuff on here, the two most popular searches for my blog are BLACK PAINTED KITCHEN CABINETS and SPINE SURGERIES. Weird combo, huh?


EDIT:  If you're interested in hearing about my spinal issues, read on...if not, you can stop now and look at some exciting blog with a cool give away http://www.dreamywhites.blogspot.com/

As you may remember, my pain doctor feels that "this is as about as good as it's going to get".  He thinks that most surgeons won't really want to operate because of several factors, ie: age, prevelance of scar tissue etc, accelerated rate of degeneration, etc.  My family thought I should have a second opinion from another surgeon just to double check.  This time I tried a orthopedic surgeon even though my neuro surgeon had said something to the effect, having an ortho work on your spine is like having a handy man build you a custom home.  The past two weeks, I've seen the Ortho Dr. assistant and also had an MRI.  The assistant Dr. decided that it would be a good idea for the surgeon to look at my case.  Because the pain I'm in is over 95% in my lumbar BELOW my prior fusion and in the top of my butt, the success rate is approximately 50/50.  I'll know more about that when I see the surgeon next week.  Apparently, if they decide to do it (and I DECIDE to do it) then they'd go back in, remove my 11 month old hardware (instrumentation) that is at L3-4, leave in the artificial disc, give me another artificial disc or two between the vertebre's below (I already have a broad based disc bulge there anyway with some narrowing) and then re-fuse me from L3-4 through L5-S1.  The only disc that looks okay is the one at S1.  I'm really in a quandry...do I go through with this knowing that if it doesn't work, I'm just back where I am (minus the summer for the recup time) or I could be in a lot LESS pain.  I'm typically not a gambler but I'm just about desperate enough to go for those odds.  I'm really curious to see what the surgeon says on Tuesday! ;-)
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12 comments:

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Now that's a beautiful vase. Have a wonderful Easter.

My Cottage Charm said...

great find girlfriend! :-)
I truly hope you aren't in for another back surgery! I'm so sorry. If you do have to have one, I hope it fixes everything and you don't have to have anymore. :) I wish I lived closer, I could come help you out when you're down with your back.
Hey, you tell peyton, I'm a big fan of those cinnamelts too and it has nothing to do with Ronald smiling at me! LOL
Love ya
Melissa
Oh, thanks for linking up your great find! :)

Tanza said...

Hi Robyn,
Thanks soo much for dropping in to say hello .. Soo nice to meet new bloggy friends .. and you're right, you are my 100th .. how cool is that !! Your blog is soo fun, loving all the photos .. darling children you have .. you are blessed girlie !! come by soon, and wishing you a very blessed, happy Easter ~
hugs ~tea~xo

sewingseeds4U said...

What a score that pretty white vase was. I stopped by homegoods looking for something similar for flowers in our master bedroom. Thanks for the nice comment on my blog. I look forward to reading your back posts to catch up. Happy Easter, hope your back feels better.

Twig said...

Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you....that is a really tough decision!! I hope you have lots of support if you decide to do it, so that you can really take it easy. I am a terrible fidgeter so I wouldn't do so well. :S but my prayers are with you!!!!

Dreamy Whites said...

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I just wanted to leave you a comment, since I don't have an email address, it just so happens that #1036 is the winner of my giveaway! That would be you! Congratulations you are about to be a new owner of an Annette Tatum duvet cover! I have been having trouble with my computer and am just now about to publish the post to my blog! I need your address!! I hope you get this message! Please email me at losttrailranch@hughes.net!
Sending you Easter Blessings!
Take Care,
Maria

Dreamy Whites said...

Oh and please email me the design that you would like! Take Care and congratulations!
Maria

Dreamy Whites said...

One more thing, who did you hear about my giveaway from?
Take Care,
Maria

Robyn said...

I'm so incredibly BEYOND excited about my WIN at DREAMY WHITES...it's the most gorgeous blog and I'm SO HAPPY ABOUT THIS NEW DUVET COVER! yayyyyy

DustyLu said...

Congrats Robyn! Have a wonderful Easter! ~lulu

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

That is a beautiful milkglass whatchamacallit...I love anything milkglass including hobnail...we went some similar issues with my late Mom a few years ago and I sincerely hope you find some relief!!! Remembering you in my prayers...

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Hi Robyn,
I followed the link from dreamy whites...your blog is beautiful!
I wanted to tell you....I've always thought the same thing....never let an orthopedic touch your spine.....my brother in law is a neurosurgeon and told me this years ago....now i work for 3 orthopedic spine surgeons.......and their success rate is amazing. Keep an open mind in whatever route you choose! Good Luck to YOU!
Robin