I've told you about my disc replacement surgery, but I've never shown you. Here's an X-ray from my most recent follow-up appointment with the doctor who did the surgery. As a trial patient, I have agreed to go back after three weeks, six weeks, three months, six months, a year and 18 months after the operation to fill out a questionnaire about my pain, the progress since surgery and my ability to work, exercise and so forth. It's the price of my surgery.
Today, they asked me about how soon after the surgery I had sex... and some other things, like how long it was before I could exercise. I won't tell you how long it was, but when it came to sex I was only one day behind the leader among the 10 people in the trial! Yeah, sex!!
This is something that you won't be seeing from most doctors for as long as half a decade. I'm incredibly fortunate to have been in this trial.
I've begun a blog about spine research and medicine, since this is going to be a life-long concern for me. If you are interested, please check out SpineScienceBlog.com/drupal. I'll be happy to answer questions and, more importantly, use whatever paltry cred I have as a blogger to ask questions of docs and companies for you, at that blog.