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Friday, May 25, 2012

Surgery Update

Many of you have kindly sent emails asking me how the Hubby is and I promised to write a post that gives some details that better explain things.  First I'm going to put up a picture that won't look bad on your blogrolls before I begin.


The Hubby is in critical condition and is on life support.  The best way to explain this is by use of a picture.



The surgeon opted to access the spine by going in through the front rather than through the back.  An incision was made at the midline of the neck and the vocal cords, trachea and esophagus were moved and clamped to one side for the entire length of the surgery which took about 12 hours.  Two discs were removed and a double fusion of three vertebrae was done. The compression on the spinal cord was so severe that the function that the Hubby has lost will never be regained.  At the moment there is sensation in all limbs.

He is currently being kept in a light coma and will be on life support for an indeterminate amount of time.  He will be in hospital for a minimum of two weeks and maybe more depending on complications.

Because the trachea and vocal chords were displaced so far and for so long, the Hubby will have to learn how to swallow again. He will require speech therapy and may lose the ability to speak depending on how much damage was done to his vocal chords during surgery.  We won't know the extent of the damage until later.

Currently I am at home for a break while his mother takes over. We will take turns so that the Hubby is never alone. This is not an easy thing to write about and it's not an easy thing to endure, but getting emotional on blogger will not help me so I'm not going to talk about how I feel at the moment.

I will be around to read blogs today and to comment, but I have to get some sleep first as it has been a long week.  I have put my comments on moderation today as I don't know how late I will be sleeping in. I hope you all understand.



62 comments:

  1. Didn`t know things were so serious Ane, a trying time for all, especially you. I`m sure all will be well. You, and your hubby are in my thoughts.

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  2. So so sorry, Anne. My thoughts are with you and Hubby. Sending lots of hugs to you, as well.

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  3. Baby steps. Look at it like that and it doesn't seem like so much. I work indirectly with patients that have had procedures like this and they do come through and can do way better than expected. I have nothing but positive thoughts and love for you all. Take care of you both!! And keep us posted!!!! Much love...

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  4. You strike me as a very strong person, but wow, that has to be a serious blow. Wish I could do something more productive than say I am hoping for the best for you both, but I am hoping- stay strong.

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  5. Of course we understand. I'm amazed you're able to sit at home, that takes a lot of strength. Also not to lash out at the doctor who would do something so seemingly foolish as to go in through the front, and move him around like that. I hope, and pray, for as full a recovery as he can get, and I'm sorry this happened to you. To him as well.

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  6. Hey Anne, really feeling for you guys right now. Feel so helpless form here and wish I could do something to help. You will be in ALL our thoughts, I am sure. Take care my blogger friend. X

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  7. I'm with you Anne!
    I hope that the damages will be not too critic ....
    Difficult to find the right words: it's so hard!

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  8. Thanks for the update as we all have been wondering how it went. But dammit, forget about reading blogs! Take your time for yourself and get some rest. You must be exhausted!

    I will be praying that your husband can recover well from the surgery! Best wishes for you Anne!

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    1. Thank you for your prayers Dan, they are exactly what I need right now. I just woke up from a 10 hour sleep and feel pretty good right now. Next I'm going to have steak for breakfast!

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  9. My thoughts are with you and your husband today. Thanks for the update. All the best Anne.

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  10. I'm sorry for what's going on right now Anne, this sounds a little like what my grandma's going through, with her needing to learn to do everything again but asides from that I have no idea or right to try to imagine how you're feeling right now. We're all here to support you no matter what, that's all I'm going to say on this, I'll pray for your husband's speedy recovery too.

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  11. I can't imagine what you're going through. All the best to you and your family. Hopefully he pulls through. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  12. Anne, I wish I had the gift of eloquent words to ease your worries. I will continue to hold you and the Hubby in my thoughts and prayers. Please continue to take care of yourself. I'll email you in a little bit - much love and hugs - no worries about making it to my blog. Take care of YOU!!

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    1. This time I'm taking care of myself because I have to. Usually I don't and that gets me into trouble. Gardening, painting, eating and sleeping all simple things that I enjoy is what I'm going to do.

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  13. Don't worry about anything else Anne. You need rest.
    Sorry about this and we can understand the pain. I hate this when this happens to people I love. Take care of yourself first, because your hubby needs you and you need to strong to give gim strength.
    I wish and pray for speedy recovery and a peaceful vacation after fast forwarding this one. God. I am getting emotional now, I wish I could be near you.

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    1. Thank you. The Hubby's mom will be caring for him entirely for a few weeks after he get out of hospital as she lives near there. It will give me a rest so I can have patience and love when he gets home.

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    2. Good to know that he is going to be back home soon. I read some of your comments about him being strong and funny enough to ease the hard time now. That is pretty good. No wonder you both are made for each other and so perfect.
      Take care Anne, he is going to come back home and you may have to roam around with cotton balls in your ears to escape from his naughty wits and jokes. All the best, hang in there Anne (waiting with fingers crossed)

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  14. Anne, I will continue to pray for your husband and you. I hope you enjoy some restful sleep. All the best to you and yours.

    Joe

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    1. Thank you Joe. Prayers are the best thing anyone can do for us right now. I know God is listening.

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  15. Thoughts, prayers, and energies headed his way, Anne. Lots of them.

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  16. Anne, it's impossible to imagine what you and particularly hubby must be going through at this time and words seem inadequate to offer any comfort in light of what you describe is happening to hubby.

    But as long as you know that all your blogging buddies are thinking off you both at this time and wishing that everything turns out as well as you were both hoping for then hopefully you will both take some strength and comfort from those wishes.

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    1. It does help having you all out here and knowing you care. I have my sisters who have the mobile phones on for me in case I need to talk too. And there are our children as well, so I don't so alone.

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  17. Prayers to you and hubby. I spent 5 days in last week but...that's another story. My sister had that surgery on her neck, ruptured disc and all. XO

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  18. get some sleep, Annzie, you will need it!
    The fact that he has sensation in his limbs is a good news, right?
    You both went through hell with this surgery, and the hell is still not over... but keep in mind that we are here to help you and cheer you up as much as we can!

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    1. It is good Dez. When the swelling in his neck comes down they'll remove the life support so he can breathe on his own. It will be a while but one day he'll be home again and things will feel right again.

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    2. it will be all right, Annzie. Not tomorrow, and maybe not next week, but it will be all right!

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  19. Sounds pretty heavy!!!! I really wish everything comes out for the best.
    Cheers
    paul

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  20. Anne, I am so sorry. You and the hubby are strong and you'll make it through. I hope that the surgery will diminish the pain that he's been suffering from for so long. I'm sorry to hear about the vocal chords and throat. I hope that he learns how to speak again very quickly. You are so strong to be his crutch at this time. I'm sending as many prayers and good vibes as my little body can muster up. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jax. We were joking about him not being able to talk the night before surgery. I told him I could yell at him and he couldn't yell back. He said he'd learn American sing language and I said I wouldn't understand it. He said "That's the beauty of it" He still has his sense of humor.

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    2. I know you're probably crazy business and overwhelmed, but I wanted to let you know that I was thinking about you! Still sending you prayers. xo

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  21. Stay strong Anne. I know you will endure.

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  22. This goes way beyond the usual platitudes, but best wishes to you both and good luck!

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  23. Anne, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your hubby.

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  24. May the best of circumstances be Hubby's and your possession at this time.

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  25. He sounds like a real trooper, we all hope for the best result for him and for you. That must be tough Anne, I wish there was something I could say to make everything better. Don't worry about us at blogger, you have way more important things to worry about. When he wakes up tell him that we are all cheering for him!

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    1. He's a tough man and a hard one to keep down. I know as I've been trying for 25 years and he's a stubborn one. When he wakes up I'll tell him you guys are rooting for him. I'm glad you had a good time in New York!

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  26. Has to be rough in every way to watch and wait. Stay strong and I hope he pulls through with little to no complications. Have a good rest, sure you need it.

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  27. Thank you all for your support. I normally like to reply to each comment but I've a lot of blogs to read and would like to get outside in my gardens to pass the time today. Comments are no longer being moderated.

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  28. I'll say a prayer for you both.

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  29. I understand the situation you're in is difficult, Anne. Once again, I'll stress that there's no need to stop by my blog. I couldn't be so selfish as to think I'm being ignored during these circumstances, seriously!

    It's nice that you were able to inform the blogging universe of what's going on. I know how difficult these things can be to write. Now, go meditate. Be as well as possible.

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    1. Thank you D4. When I'm in I always stop by your blog as it's one of my safe places on the blogosphere. I'm painting and working in the garden and both of those are like meditation for me.

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  30. Anne, I don't have your email or I would have emailed you for certain. I know how hard it is for you to make time to share this with us but I appreciate your compassion that ripples beyond the immediate to those whose lives you touch even though you've never met some if not most of us.

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  31. My father also was in the hospital since yesterday. :(

    Hope your hubby will be alright! *prayers*

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    1. It is hard when a loved one is in hospital and you feel helpless. I hope your father gets well soon Marco.

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  32. Never even heard of surgery like this, my prayers are with you and your man!

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    1. I hadn't either until the Monday before when the surgeon talked to us. It sounds horrible but is actually less risky than going in through the back. This he won't have bolts in his head. He kept joking that at least he'd still be able to get through customs without having a body cavity search.

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  33. Hugs and positive energy for you and your family. Stay strong lovely lady.

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  34. We all understand, Anne. Poor poor hubby. I hope you can have a good sleep.

    - Randy

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  35. i am glad you are getting your breaks...the anx raised in me just reading...and def sending prayers still for you and him...and for healing...

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  36. My family is sending yours good thoughts and prayers for your husbands speedy recovery.

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  37. My thoughts and prayers are with you all...

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  38. All the best for your hubbie, big hug for you cause you need it...

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  39. Hello dear ^^ your blog is so pretty! let's follow each other, would be fun :)what do u say?:X

    FashionSpot.ro

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  40. I really hope your husband will get better very soon. I guess the very least is give you a heart.

    <3

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  41. Whoa! I'm at a lost for words and don't know what to say. I really hope your Hubby will be okay. Sorry for not being so helpful in this kind of situation.

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  42. I know no words can change what you're going through, but just know that I'm praying--not only for your hubby, but for you, so that you can continue to have the strength to help and support him, which is exactly what he needs right now.

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  43. very nice idea take care of your self, btw this is nice article for health news

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  44. Anne - my thoughts are with you and I wish your husband a full and speedy recovery. take care :)

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  45. Hope everything turns out well ! Dont lose hope !

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