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Sunday, 23 December 2007


Big day tomorrow...

... and I don't mean because it's Christmas Eve...

As mentioned in my last post, Tracy is scheduled for an operation on her back tomorrow morning. However, the operation is now a "pin and plate" one, as opposed to just the pinning. It seems that when they reviewed the various scans, the consultants have decided that due to the amount of movement she has had, coupled with the proximity of the damaged vertebrae to her spinal chord and the nature of the damage to vertebra #11 - which is compressed into a "wedge shape" - they need to put in a plate to hold her spine rigid. This increases the risk associated with the operation, but means that they should be able to straighten her back a bit - reducing the amount her spine protrudes. It also means that she will need to remain in hospital a bit longer than we originally thought - between 7 and 10 days - so our Christmas is being a bit further delayed.

Tracy is clearly concerned about the operation, as it carries some risks, but she is in one of the best spinal units in the country, under the care of one of the most respected consultants in this field.

We're all hoping Tracy gets the Christmas present she most wants, a pain-free back with no complications.

In the meantime, we'd both like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and all the very best for a prosperous and healthy 2008.

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