This morning Kristine went in for surgery on her back. She has been in a great deal of pain for a long time because of her spine pinching the nerves. She has constant pain in her left leg and has had to be on heavy pain killers for it. With surgery, there is risk from the anesthesia that it would diminish her mental capacity, so we waited. Her discomfort got to such a level that we decided it was worth the risk if it would help her to not be suffering all of the time.
Last week John took her to appointments all day long in preparation for the surgery. He said that several times during the day she asked him why HE was getting surgery. She kept forgetting they were there to check her out. The doctors gave the OK and scheduled her for this morning. John took her in and got her all set. After seminary, I stopped by the hospital. The nurse that would be helping with the surgery came in to have a final run through on the details of what was planned. Kristine was once again surprised that she was having surgery on her back.
The surgery lasted about 4 hours and the doctor said that everything went well. They did a little less than they had planned, but felt like they accomplished what they needed to. They bolted together 2 of her vertebrae, replaced the disk between them, and decompressed her lower spine (at least that's how I remember it). After she woke up and was taken to her room, John called me and I took Jebb and Jackson down to see her. She seemed really alert and aware of what was going on. She asked us what we were going to be for Halloween. She was so much better than the last time she woke up from surgery (when she had her gall bladder removed).
She asked for more pain killers and said that her back hurt. I don't know if her leg was still sore, it didn't seem to be bothering her. The PT came and made her get up and walk around. They said that the more she walks and moves after surgery, the less pain she will be in later. She has a corset that they put on her so that she can get up and walk around.
We sure love Gma Kristine and appreciate all of your calls and prayers for her. We will take good care of her and try to keep you posted. :)