Paul is having this done today:
Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)
This procedure removes a diseased disc (discectomy) through the front (anterior) of the neck (cervical). After the disc is removed, the spine must be stabilized. This is accomplished using a cervical plate and screws (instrumentation) and fusion (bone graft). Fusion is similar to glue that hardens over time to create a solid construct, which stabilizes the spine.
Since this blog is all about me, me, me...I can say his surgery is a little stressful for moi. I have issues when it comes to medical procedures such as surgeries.
Anyway...I'm sure it will be fine and all that jazz. In the meantime, the hustle and bustle that is the week before Christmas for a mom in suburban paradise roars on and the impending surgery is happening with or without me liking it, so I find myself trying to control things and make some order out of chaos. I've cleaned closets, cabinets and drawers at home and at work. I'm organizing and work, work, working. Tonight, I was comforted by the ordinary and normal act of chopping a salad for dinner, thinking about how Paul really exemplifies being "the rock" of our family. He's our glue. Our center and the girls and I, his satellites. Anyway...chop, chop, chop.
Just keeping grounded in something ordinary, something normal. It's a pretty salad, eh? Yummy too, with chicken, Parmesan and dressing.
Breathe in, breathe out. It will all be OK. It will. And, let's hope for less surgery in 2012. Dad, Mom, and Husband. That's quite enough for me!
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