Susan Morley | CaringBridge

Susan Morley

First post: Nov 11, 2017 Latest post: May 12, 2018

I heaved my 50 lb. suitcase off the carousel at Toronto Airport end April 2017 returning from Mexico and dislocated my pelvis and pinched my right sciatic nerve.  Painful.  Physio fixed the pelvic tilt, but the sciatica persisted through my 3.5 week trip to 10 countries in Europe (ouch) and ended with an MRI in September, neurosurgeon in October and lumbar spinal fusion of L2-L5 on November 27 at Trillium hospital in Mississauga.
The picture of my lumbar spine degeneration on the MRI looks like a train derailment and is long term, I think from my car crash in 1982 that broke my pelvis.  So I'm lucky I've played sports to this date pain-free.  Neurosurgeon promises I can play tennis again next summer, but it's a long, painful recovery.

My  neurosurgeon has to put metal screws in each vertebra and a metal rod between, then cover with a bone graft from my hip so that it will calcify and regenerate over the next 12 months for a solid fusion.  It's risky with a 20% failure rate because of infection, bone rejection, broken screws or rod, etc.  So I have to play couch potato for a change.   I'll post progress reports for those interested in my survival.   If this is all new to you and you are interested in the process, there's a good video on https://www.spine-health.com/video/spine-fusion-surgery-video  Just copy and paste this link into your browser.

I had to cancel my arrangements to go to Mazatlán Mexico for the winter season and get snow tires put on the car in preparation for what the almanac forecasts is heavy snow for Collingwood this winter.  I don't like cold and snow!   I may hibernate like a bear and emerge in April.

Wish me luck!

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