Friday, April 18, 2014

A Brand New Me

It arrived on my doorstep in trapezoidal box.
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I had forgotten that I ordered it on Amazon (the day after I received my MRI results) so when I saw the box, I was confused at first.
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But I quickly recovered the memory of searching online for the right one...

I was nervous that what I ordered might have been damaged during the shipping process. What would I do with another one that was damaged?
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Upon first glance, everything looked fine...
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I pulled it out of the box for further inspection.
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My new spine was intact! Hooray!
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In all seriousness, I purchased this model spine to help Dale and myself visualize and better understand my spine problems. My recent MRI showed three slipped discs in my cervical spine (neck), one narrowed disc in my cervical spine, no curvature in my cervical spine, and an asymmetric left facet overgrowth (between the last cervical vertebra and first thoracic vertebra) that is most likely pressing on a nerve root.
Three slipped discs in my neck? There are only 6 discs in the neck, so half of mine are messed up. That's just great. I guess I could be positive and say that half of the discs in my neck are terrific!

Everyone's spine degenerates with age. The difference with my spine and a normal spine is that mine started to degenerate in my early twenties instead of in my sixties.
I'm wondering what my spine will look like in 10 years? It's a little scary to think about. There is no cure for this early degeneration. Surgery might relieve the pain, but it might also cause more pain. I am going to ask my doctor for a referral to a few different specialists to see if something else is going on...some kind of autoimmune disorder or perhaps a voodoo curse?

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That is all


Blogger Miss Bee said...

That thing is awesome. Good idea, I know it will help me when you can show me what all is going on with you. (You got 99 problems and the spine is the main one....)

If it makes you feel any better, I'm going to be all humped over one day with my scoliosis. We'll just shake our fists at the young people and tell them to enjoy their good spines while they can.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Kimberly June said...

That is cool! Spray paint it gold and put a lamp shade on it! Sorry I've been spending too much time on pinterest.

10:18 AM  

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