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Sunday, March 18, 2012

The worst day, the unimagineable

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!


  1. We are so sorry to hear this news! Devastating I know. Our Lily had a ruptured cervical disk in Sept. that was repaired. It was the toughest time in our lives. We are praying for you all. (I just read your newest post and am glad to hear that things are going well).

    Lily Belle & Mom

  2. So sorry to hear about this happening again. It brings back so many memories of a Doxie we had from 1990 to 2004. During Bart's lifetime he ruptured a total of 4 disks and had 4 different surgeries in 4 different places on his back. By the time the 4th surgery was complete, the vet said he may never walk again. But Bart would have none of that. He was up and walking again (and going potty again by himself) within 2 weeks of the surgery. Nathan's a tough little guy and I have faith that he will be the same as Bart. But we're sending prayers for all of you.