So, this past Thursday...oh a week ago...man I'm behind. Last week my mom and I went down to meet with my surgeon. When his main nurse, Kathy/Cathy, came to get me from the waiting room she was so happy with my improvements that she said "Wow! You look fabulous!". So, that felt great.
Then my surgeon, Dr. Kress, came in and repeated her sentiments. He also said that due to the information he received from my infectious disease doctor he is comfortable with doing the one step hip replacement (as long as he doesn't see anything horrible on the day of surgery)!!!!!
He also started discussing the anesthesia he wants to use. In my past 11 surgeries I've always been knocked out fully with general anesthesia. I've been great with that. No allergies, no complications. General Anesthesia is what I was expecting. But, no.
My doctor informed me that he would like me to get a spinal block and twilight anesthesia. I've had twilight before - thanks colonoscopy! The plus sides to this version of anesthesia are: 1) no breathing tube/sore throat, 2) no grogginess/easier to wake up, 3) the spinal block will help with pain for the first day or so - Dr. Kress also mentioned something about it working better with the muscle relaxers he needs to use.
Now, I'm super afraid that the spinal block won't work, I'll wake up somehow, or I'll be able to hear the bone saw - yeah, saw, they basically use power tools on my body. I know these are kind of nutty worries, but hey I normally have an anxiety disorder, so this kind of adds to it. Yeah, anxiety...if you ever notice me bouncing my leg(s) that's my anxious tick.
As for the irrefutable proof of my need for the hip replacement, I got my most recent x-rays on a cd! Now, if you look at the xray below, my right hip is actually on the left of this xray. You can really tell how messed up it is by looking at the left hip. The left one is perfectly rounded while the right hip looks like a two year old's scribbles. You can also see the my body has grown a bone spur that elongates my right hip socket so that my hip doesn't dislocate itself.
I know you guys didn't think I was lying about my hip, but seeing the x-ray always allows people to fully understand just how horrible my hip really is. I hope you all like the x-ray..I think it's pretty cool.
In the next few days you guys can look forward to blog posts about: Harry Potter 7.2, hairspray, babysitting 20-ish month old twins, and my gastroenterologist appointment! HOORAY! Happy Harry Potter ending to all you Potterheads out there!
Horcruxes are going down!