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.