Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Surgery update

After my last appointment we confirmed a date of June 24 for the back fusion. The procedure will be around 10 hours total. They will start with the front with the disk replacement and then finish in the back to secure it in place. I should be able to be back to work and driving after 3 weeks and then around 6 months of light activity while we monitor the progress of the fusion by X Rays. I should be back to normal activities by this time next year...DW

Monday, May 18, 2009

Balloon Festival

The Erie Town Fair was this past weekend and they start it off with a balloon festival launch in our neighborhood. Here are a few pictures from our driveway of the balloons floating overhead.
This was my favorite...
Lucy like this pink and green balloon.
They floated right over Morgan's bedroom. Morgan and her friend, Abby watched right out the window...

Field Day

Here are a few pictures from Morgan's 3rd grade field day last Friday:

What would field day be without the potato sack race?
Morgan concentrating on the free throw contest...
Do I have to hold this boy's hand, ha :)
The 3rd grade class with teacher, Mrs Fraser.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Continued Back Pain

For those who are not aware of my history; I have had two previous surgeries to correct a herniated disk at L4/L5 and L5/S1. These were back in 2003 and 2006. Both surgeries were focused on fixing a pinched nerve that shot pain down the back of my right leg. Now, it is time to fix the pain in my back. The pain has been increasing and not allowing me to continue with a normal quality of life. The issues are degenerating disks, stenosis, arthritis, slight herniation and a few bone spurs but the degenerating disks are the main problem. These are in the same region of L4 down to S1 (lower back). My mother and brother have the same issues and my mom had a fusion to fix the issue and recovered remarkably and enjoys a high quality of life. I will be undergoing the same procedure in June. The surgery involves placing small morsels of bone in the front of the spine (in the disc space) and along the back of the spine so that the bone grows together and fuses that section of the spine. They will put pins through the discs to hold it together with a rod. I will keep you updated as it gets closer. Please pray for a peace of mind...DW

Spring Recital

Morgan played a solo on the piano during the RMCA Spring Recital for students and parents. I was so proud of her! Morgan played "Ode to Joy" by Beethoven. Morgan and her 3rd grade class also participated in a heart touching, beautiful play called "YOURS". It was performed as a hand mime and a parent captured it on video and posted it to the link below. Please take the time to watch. Go God!