I just got back from the neurologist, and I may be facing spinal surgery within the next month. On Wednesday, he's running a myelogram on my spine, a procedure that involves inserting contrasting dye into my spine and taking a CT scan to see if the surgery is even feasible. The procedure is similar to a spinal tap, only they won't be taking any fluid samples. I was born with what is essentially a bag of excess spinal fluid (myelomeningocele) that is located at the base of my spine, internally. Apparently, over the past 25 years, it's been growing and putting more pressure on organs in that area, causing a number of problems with my bladder, intestines, and uterus. The myelomeningocele measures 11.6 centimeters, which basically has flattened my uterus and certainly explains why my stomach's so distended.
We're hoping that the surgical procedure can be done without risk of contracting meningitis. Needless to say, I'll be on my back the rest of the day, and I can only return to normal activities after 24 hours IF I don't have any complications--and I'm not known for having complication-free procedures.
I was fine until Mom (Mary) freaked out. Apparently, the fact that this affects my spine and that my mother (Michelle) died from the effects of spinal cord cancer only one year older than I am now terrifies her. Please pray that she will understand that God is in control; there is nothing to fear.
Drama, drama, drama...