You see them everywhere, the ALS videos. We had two recorded at our tailgate. Kind of a public baptism of support really.
What I find creepy is how Facebook videos begin playing videos silently. When I watch silently I can tell everyone is a bit nervous and there is a scripted agenda. It reminds me of the beheading videos of the Iraq War.
Last year, and again this year I'm having nervous butterflies about the first tailgate. Perhaps as last year, it's because I'm still in recovery mode. I plan to be slow and careful moving about to save energy and to prevent injury.
This year because so much equipment is new and different, I plan to spend several days packing and tweaking for quite possibly our largest tailgate event ever.
Paul, Sebastian, and I have been bantering back and forth menu planning. It's all planned.
Equipment is inventoried. Pans need re washing from sitting all winter and summer.
We are in Plano, TX, to examine Gigi's back, to see just why her surgery has failed to give her pain relief, and why she has such difficulty walking.
Plano houses a nationally respected scoliosis clinic. We personally know two people who have successfully had similar surgeries with great success through this clinic.
Yesterday she had a test where dye is injected in the spinal fluid, and then a series of CT scans produce 3D images.
Two hours later, while she was resting in her room, the surgeon abruptly entered and sat down.
From the very clear images it revealed that all the hardware, 22 screws, two rods, and three artificial discs had never bonded to the bone. They were in fact wobbling in the holes with her every movement causing severe pain. Her inability to walk normally was her body's attempt to take pressure off of the hardware.
My mind wasn't ready to absorb such a disaster, but it was reality.
The fix is a total redo here in Plano, 1,100 miles from home. He said set aside six weeks to two months for the entire procedure.
My big question was, "why do you think your fix will work when the other didn't?"
He gave a long elaborate answer that basically boils down to, they do the fusions very differently here. He did explain the process of harvesting bones from the patient and the making a paste/glue, then injecting proteins, and using growth stimulates.
So, we are planning for a long process, most likely in the early Spring.
That’s wReggie with a silent “W” like Wrangler, wrench, write and wrong, and now new and improved with a lower case “w” with all the cutting edge sophistication of eBay or iPhone. Some words need a "W" like "one". What's that about?
I love to travel and observe the world. I married my teenage sweetheart who is still my first wife. I guess you can call me an animal lover too with 4 border collies, 3 horses, two cats, 21 chickens and one Brine Shrimp. I have a deep love and respect for bacon and club sandwiches and take convenience of gravity for granted.
Finally, I love to laugh.