Friday, November 14, 2014


Good news to report: today mom gets her back surgery, a procedure called Kyphoplasty.  Minimally invasive, it should immediately alleviate her pain from the fracture she sustained in a fall a couple of weeks ago.

What ticks me no end is, why didn't they do the procedure 2 weeks ago?  Our family had to kick and scream and call, and call again, before doctors relented and agreed to go ahead.  In the meantime, my mother has been in extreme pain, they have been paying for 24/7 in-home caregiving and their lives have been turned upside down.  Dad has lost appreciable weight and is weary beyond belief.

Meanwhile, my ribs are still sore from the fall I took in our yard a week ago.  They are likely to be sore for awhile, but as far as I know there are no broken or cracked ribs.  I had an xray two days ago but no word from doc.  I assume this means there wasn't anything extraordinary on the images, but really, am I safe assuming this?


Breathe.  Ouch.  Breathe.  Ouch.  Oh, and let's not even talk about the pain when I sneeze.  Please.


  1. Something has gone awry in our medical system. You have to beg for care from you mom's doctors. You don't hear a word back about x-rays. I don't know why it has come to this, but damn, it's really disappointing. Hope your mom does well with the surgery. And take care of those ribs. No sneezing!

  2. Scary on the fall and sorry about the delay in your mom getting her surgery.

  3. ((( Tara ))) Yay on the surgery -- and really, wait 2 weeks of suffering before deciding?

    I'm guessing, too, that your x-ray didn't show anything remarkable. But ouchie. xoxo

  4. Sending love to you and your parents.

  5. I do hope the surgery is successful in reducing the pain and lets the healing progress. Hope you are soon on the mend as well. Those rib injuries are painful as is the fall that caused them.


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