Spinal fusion, here I come

I got a good amount of my “things to do while the kids are away” list done. The baby books didn’t quite get finished (although I did order the photos).

I’ve had a new list lately: things to do before surgery. I’m having spinal fusion on Monday morning.

It’s an odd experience — the countdown to surgery. A list of things I want to do now because I know I won’t be able to for a few weeks afterward. Gardening, henna-ing my hair, school supply shopping, getting the kids’ hair cut, finally getting my “well woman” checkup (only 8 months overdue).

Having a deadline makes things happen in my world.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about having surgery. I’m hopeful it will make things better. I don’t fancy being sliced open for that to happen, but I’ve tried almost every other option available. The ones I haven’t (such as spinal decompression) just don’t seem worthwhile at this point.

I know I won’t like feeling incapacitated afterward, unable to bend and lift, being super careful getting in and out of a chair, not being able to work at all for at least a week. I checked email on my 5-day honeymoon.

But it is what it is. The world around me will keep revolving. As long as someone feeds the kids, gives them baths and puts them to be relatively on time, we’ll be OK.

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