Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Surgery #3!! :(

I am going in tomorrow morning for back surgery #3 in 15 months. I had my 1st surgery in July last year, I had another in Feb and here comes my 3rd. My back started bothering me about 3 weeks ago and it's got progressively more painful. I saw my orthopedic doctor last Tuesday, I was in a ton of pain and when he started talking to me about MRI's and injections and possible surgery I fainted. Out like a light!! So embarrassing. At least he felt justified it giving me some good drugs. :) I had an MRI on Friday and when I got the results back on Monday I immediately called my surgeon. Okay, let me stop there and say that I am so incredibly blessed to have the BEST doctors in the entire world!! They call and talk with me on the phone, they wiggle me into their schedules with just a days notice, they refill prescripts within hours!! REAL INCREDIBLE!! Abby Crist my dear friend works for my orthopedic and she's been a flip'n lifesaver!! Alrighty Anyhow, my surgeon Dr. Charles Rich looked at my MRI's and next thing I know I'm having surgery tomorrow. I've posted a picture of my MRI's. I thought they were real interesting. I hope you can make sense of them...

This one is a side view of my spine. As you can see on the upper healthy disks the disks fit nicely between the vertebrae. On the lowest visible one you can see how it's been squished out. That dark bulge is pushing up against my nerve that runs down my right leg. Wowser it smarts!!

This is from the top looking down. The picture above is the bad one, the picture below shows is a healthy one so you can see what it's suppose to look like. As you can see, the left nerve is totally fine, it's just the right nerve that's being squished. So my right leg is the one that kills. Sort of interesting huh!!


So what this means for my photography: Let me say that I am so so bummed, I can't believe this happened right as the Christmas card season is here. I will not be taking any shoots until mid to late Oct, and will be limited to the amount of shoots I will be able to take in Oct, Nov and Dec. If you are interested in a shoot please contact me ASAP to get on my schedule. If you are scheduled between now and then I will be getting in touch with you to reschedule. Thanks so much for your love and support. Can't wait to be back behind that camera!!!
Email: emilie@photobyemilie.com

5 comments:

Scott, Natalie, Hunter, Maddie, Abbie & Dallas said...

I am so sorry Emilie. You have really been through a lot with your back. We wish you a speedy recovery and hope that this surgery works!!!

Mary Ann said...

Em - Another surgery?! That dark bulge looks like NO FUN AT ALL! As someone who's been there, please know I'm thinking and praying for you...love ya!

Jami said...

I'm so sorry!! YUCK!! Will you be recovering in St George or here?
Let me know if you need anything!

Amy said...

Em.. I am sorry to hear about another back surgery. Michael has had two but they were 8 years apart, I can't imagine you having to do three so close to eachother! In March 2007 Michael had a spinal fusion of his L4-L5 and S1. (He had pain that radiated down his left leg, which he still has but not as bad). He now has 2 metal rods, 3 metal plates and 6 screws, that was his most painful surgery and he sure loves his hydromorphone, which he will most likely have to take forever on top of his other meds and his new tens unit he uses for the pain. I feel for you as I saw the pain Michael endured, my heart goes out to you!... I only hope you have a speedy recovery, I am truly sorry to hear about your back.. I wish you all the best. Take Care.

Liz Frampton said...

Em, I'm so SORRY! Let me know if there's anything I can do to help you! We love you so much!