Howie’s appointment didn’t bring any big surprise: He definitely needs surgery to relieve the stenosis in L4-L5.
It was weird looking at the myleogram CT-scan, because you could see where the spinal canal was wide and the nerves all fanned out like they’re supposed to be, and also where everything gets narrow and bunches them all together.
The doctor was really great about our getting a second opinions from Johns Hopkins – he encouraged us to get other opinions and said we’re not going to hurt anyones’ feelings by doing so. His secretary called JH while we were there and found out who would get the reports, and she’s taking care of that part. Now, we wait and see whether this doctor feels Howie would be better served at JH.
One thing we did learn was that the nausea and such Howie’s been feeling since the myelogram are reason enough for him to be off work several more days; the doctor wrote Howie off work through Monday, and he’s to stay pretty sedentary while the dye works its way out of his body. Boo-hoo, has to stay home from work. It’ll be nice having him around!
I think I’m going to bed soon. No problem sleeping tonight, especially after such sketchy sleep last night while half-listening to Fox News’ coverage of the hurricane and wondering how our friends were down south were faring.
Our friends in Thibodaux, LA are fine. It’s a mess down there and they have no power, but they’re safe. Their plant nursery had quite a bit of damage in the form of a McDonald’s billboard falling smack on a bunch of their stock. They didn’t have insurance for anything except the inventory within the structure there, so they may be out for quite a bit. But they’re okay! 😀