The unthinkable happened yesterday. Nathan ruptured another disk. He started acting a bit off on Friday, but really seemed like he just needed a day of rest. Saturday morning, he seemed a bit worse, but still not serious. By the afternoon, he was clearly worse. What's crazy is we are only 9 days away from the 1-year mark of the first surgery.
Luckily, we had already researched where the best neurosurgeon for this is and she is about 90 mins from where we live. So, we called the hospital and got in the car and drove down. The doctor was actually at a fund raiser and could not be reached. They told us to wait because she would definitely call in. We got there at 6:30pm and by 9:30pm, the doctor had arrived (dressed in a gown) to the hospital.
She immediately assessed him and assured us that since we had come in early, she was confident he would be back to where he was within 2 weeks. Since it was now after 10pm, we drove home and the doctor began the MRI and surgery. By the time we got home, the MRI was done and the disk was identified as the one just behind the prior injured disk. So, now we waited. 12:15am, the doctor called. The surgery was completed. She felt good about it, but will know more today. She also said she had to "clean up" the prior surgery site. All of this could of course account for Nathan's slow and tough recovery.
I'm obviously completely freaked out and can't believe this happened again. I'm dreading the next few weeks recalling what it was like the first time. Hopefully, when we speak with the doctor today, she will have some good news. I also want to know more about the surgery as I did not want to grill her at midnight!