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FAX
10-22-2009, 11:23 PM
Well, wish me luck, fellow knuckleheads.

On Monday, they're accessing my spine from the back. Tuesday is a day of "rest". Then, on Wednesday, they repeat the procedure from the front side. They're going to remove my L5 and replace it with a bunch of pins and rods and screws and staples and brassiere wire and whatever else might be laying about. According to Wikipedia, I should feel lots better afterwards. Plus, (with a tad bit of luck) it means I can permanently get off the pain meds (I've migrated to a combination of dilaudid and morphine for the last few months). I'm really looking forward to that because I'm sick of living out of a pill bottle.

Interestingly, this whole episode is ironically paradoxical in a mordaciously karmic sort of way. I once had an employee who was always bitching about his bad back. Although I never said it aloud, after listening to another of his lengthy complaints, I often thought to myself, "Jeez, man up dude. It can't hurt that bad." Boy, was I wrong. This damn thing has affected my life pretty significantly - not to mention the quality of my posts of late. Something has to change.

Anyhow, I'm feeling pretty confident about the whole thing, but the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX is a bit nervous. So, I told her I'd play the ace up my sleeve and post a prayer request. It worked great last time.

I know that this is nothing compared to what many of you have gone through (Mr. CrazyHorse, for example), so I'm not looking for sympathy. Still, one can never be too careful. Therefore, if any of you guys and girls still possess the faintest shred of humanity in your souls at this point in the season, a positive mental vibe or message to the man upstairs would be appreciated.

PS: Anybody know if having pins and stuff in your back causes problems at airports?

FAX

Disclaimers: Sorry if repost.

Buck
10-22-2009, 11:24 PM
Good Luck FAX,

I hope everything goes well for you.

DaneMcCloud
10-22-2009, 11:25 PM
Best wishes, Mr. Fax. I'm sure you'll be far better off after your procedure is complete.

My father recently had two stents inserted in his arteries and he carries a card for airport security.

May the universe and all of its alien citizens watch over you!

Bacon Cheeseburger
10-22-2009, 11:27 PM
Best of luck to you FAX. What kind of recovery time are you looking at for all of that?

ClevelandBronco
10-22-2009, 11:27 PM
You got it, Mr. FAX. I'll pray for you and the surgical team.

doomy3
10-22-2009, 11:27 PM
Best of luck, FAX. I'm sure this will go better than planned and you will be much better off!

big nasty kcnut
10-22-2009, 11:28 PM
Good luck Mr.fax. PM me if you want my number and talk.

Dante84
10-22-2009, 11:29 PM
Good luck sir. Godspeed and have a quick and painless recovery.

FAX
10-22-2009, 11:32 PM
Best of luck to you FAX. What kind of recovery time are you looking at for all of that?

Thanks, Mr. Bugeater. By the way, I was talking to the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX on the back deck this evening and a moth flew into my mouth. I don't know how you do it.

As for your question ... it all depends on who you ask. My surgeon says I can be back at work (computer/phone stuff) in a couple of weeks, but I have to wear a back brace for six weeks. Another specialist says four to six weeks before you start feeling like yourself again. My GP guy says some people are still improving in a year.

I'm sure a lot of it has to do with how hard you push yourself and how motivated you are. In my case, I'm highly motivated to get back as quickly as possible, so I'm thinking that, within a couple of months, I'll be in pretty good shape. There's a lot of PT involved, obviously.

FAX

kcfanXIII
10-22-2009, 11:35 PM
good luck mr FAX.

MikeMaslowski
10-22-2009, 11:37 PM
Good luck man. If the hardware is titanium they wont give you problems at the metal detectors.

MadMax
10-22-2009, 11:38 PM
GOD BLESS you Fax! You are an awesome person and I pray everything works great for you. Me and my family will pray for you my friend.Much love brother and take care.

pr_capone
10-22-2009, 11:39 PM
Best of luck Mr. Fax. I wish you a speedy recovery filled with hot nurses in tight outfits giving you sponge baths when the missus is not around.

FAX
10-22-2009, 11:40 PM
Good luck man. If the hardware is titanium they wont give you problems at the metal detectors.

No kidding? That's interesting. Titanium doesn't activate the metal detectors?

If that's the case, why don't the terrorists make guns and knives and stuff out of titanium?

FAX

Frazod
10-22-2009, 11:41 PM
Best of luck, Fax. Hope everything gets fixed as well as it can be.

Dave Lane
10-22-2009, 11:42 PM
Massive positive karma headed your way. Good luck man, I've had back problems not as bad as yours and they suck.

Buehler445
10-22-2009, 11:47 PM
Good luck and Best Wishes, Mr. FAX.

If anyone deserves a break with health, it's you (and of course, Mr. CrazyHorse. That dude is a MAN).

Anyway. I'll shoot a prayer up to the big man and hope this gives you some much deserved relinquishment of pain.

Mr. FAX, It's been said a kajillion times, at least, but bears repeating. You're one of the best. You have my best wishes.

FAX
10-23-2009, 12:04 AM
Best of luck, Fax. Hope everything gets fixed as well as it can be.

You're spot on there, Mr. frazod.

It's kind of funny but, other than my back doc, the only physicians I encounter who have had experience with this particular surgery work at emergency rooms and pain clinics. Naturally, they only see the people for whom this procedure didn't work ... which, of course, is why those patients wind up in emergency rooms and pain clinics. As a result, they tend to be skeptical. It can be a bit disheartening.

But, my expectations are reasonable at this point. If I can simply get the pain down to maybe a 2 or a 3 on the pain meter ... something you can treat with aspirin or whatever ... I'll be happy. To be honest, my main objective is to get off the pain meds. I'm thoroughly addicted to narcotics and I'm really sick of it.

Thankfully, however, there is a new medication that is designed to treat the symptoms of withdrawal so you can go cold turkey without the cold and minimal turkey. With luck and the aid of this drug, I should be able to kick the narcotics this winter which would be a fantastic result and well worth the price of admission.

FAX

Hog Farmer
10-23-2009, 12:11 AM
That's nothing Mr. Fax. I had a root canal today.

But I'll still say a prayer. Life will be much better when you come out . Here's to the new and rejuvinated Fax.:toast:

Reaper16
10-23-2009, 12:17 AM
Much luck, Mr. FAX.

MikeMaslowski
10-23-2009, 12:18 AM
No kidding? That's interesting. Titanium doesn't activate the metal detectors?

If that's the case, why don't the terrorists make guns and knives and stuff out of titanium?

FAX


I've often thought about that when I pass through the detectors with my titanium reconstructed face....

Reaper16
10-23-2009, 12:29 AM
I've often thought about that when I pass through the detectors with my titanium reconstructed face....
Are you Dr. Doom? Or Destro?

DaneMcCloud
10-23-2009, 12:31 AM
Are you Dr. Doom? Or Destro?

Dumbass, maybe?

:p

FAX
10-23-2009, 12:33 AM
I've often thought about that when I pass through the detectors with my titanium reconstructed face....

You have a titanium reconstructed face, Mr. MikeMaslowski? Dang.

It sounds like one hell of a story is in there somewhere. So, you can pass through the metal detectors with no problem? At any airport? Fascinating.

I haven't even inquired as to what type of metal they're using in my back. Never even thought to ask. I know they had to special order a bunch of stuff, but that's all I know. I'm sure there are a lot of questions I probably should have asked by now and failed to do so ... probably one of the reasons they keep you drugged out of your gourd.

I travel from time to time and I've been having visions of being strip searched in major cities throughout the world, missing flights, and spending endless hours being interrogated by rent-a-cops in small, overheated, windowless rooms while my bags are on their way to another country.

FAX

chasedude
10-23-2009, 01:07 AM
No kidding? That's interesting. Titanium doesn't activate the metal detectors?

If that's the case, why don't the terrorists make guns and knives and stuff out of titanium?

FAX

Don't give them any ideas! ...and Good Luck on the surgery.

Chiefs=Good
10-23-2009, 01:15 AM
Good luck Mr. Fax. Ive had a swollen disk for awhile now and although its nothing in comparison to what your going through, i can understand somewhat the type of pain that your feeling. Prayers with you...

Fritz88
10-23-2009, 01:42 AM
Good luck. Back pain isn't fun at all.

Simply Red
10-23-2009, 01:45 AM
A. I'll buy your leftover drugs. :)

B. I'm very happy for you to drop on in.

C. We all seem to miss you.

and I will say a prayer tonight for comfort your way, i'm crashing so, it'll be now.

Saccopoo
10-23-2009, 01:48 AM
PS: Anybody know if having pins and stuff in your back causes problems at airports?

FAX

Disclaimers: Sorry if repost.

Actually, yes, they will cause problems at airports. No shit. My dad has a fake knee and he gets the strip search every single time because he comes up on radar and they can't find anything.

And I've got a buddy that had about the same spinal surgery that you are going through and now he's a prime suspect for every metal detector employee. (Not to mention the additional six months he spent in the hospital with a spinal staph infection that damn near killed him after the surgery.)

FAX
10-23-2009, 02:10 AM
Actually, yes, they will cause problems at airports. No shit. My dad has a fake knee and he gets the strip search every single time because he comes up on radar and they can't find anything.

And I've got a buddy that had about the same spinal surgery that you are going through and now he's a prime suspect for every metal detector employee. (Not to mention the additional six months he spent in the hospital with a spinal staph infection that damn near killed him after the surgery.)

Thank you for the uplifting comments, Mr. Saccopoo.

As you say, staph is, apparently, one of the more dreaded complications associated with this procedure. Now that you mention it, I think I'll go lie in a bathtub full of Neosporin for a couple of hours.

FAX

Saccopoo
10-23-2009, 02:20 AM
Thank you for the uplifting comments, Mr. Saccopoo.

As you say, staph is, apparently, one of the more dreaded complications associated with this procedure. Now that you mention it, I think I'll go lie in a bathtub full of Neosporin for a couple of hours.

FAX

Fax, I hope you get through this with flying colors. You are one of the best here, and maintain a more positive and encouraging attitude than 99.9% of the posters here. And when you don't, at least you are witty and humorous in your criticisms.

I cross my fingers, although I don't think it's needed. You are, at least around here, a good person. You'll be just fine.

Take care and see you soon FAX.

kc rush
10-23-2009, 04:04 AM
Good luck Mr. FAX.

bevischief
10-23-2009, 05:25 AM
Good luck and quick recovery. I had a reconstructive surgery on my big toe joint and had a screw in it for 2 years and never set off a metal detector.

Bwana
10-23-2009, 05:31 AM
Good luck Mr. FAX! I hope it works out well and you are pain free when it's all said and done.

Dartgod
10-23-2009, 05:41 AM
Good luck FAX

Inspector
10-23-2009, 05:55 AM
Prayers have been sent. Best of luck.

My brother-in-law had a procedure that sounds very similar to what you described. He had been on pain pills for many years but it got where he was getting stuck in bed a few times a month.

He ended up having the procedure and now has pins and some sort of metal cage around his spine where the disk issue was. He works in a hospital and has been told to stay away from the MRI equipment. He had the back brace for about 4 weeks afterwards but is out of it now. (As of a couple of weeks ago)

But, here's the great news. He feels incredible. He just can't get over it. He said he feels like a 30 year old kid again. So at least there is one story of what a miracle cure this type of work can be. And he loves being off the pills.

I hope your outcome is as good as his! Good luck.

cdcox
10-23-2009, 05:58 AM
Your bright disposition is the face of rather major surgery is a great way to start the day.

Prayers for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery. God bless.

mikey23545
10-23-2009, 06:06 AM
Good luck, FAX old bean.

I'll keep you in my thoughts.

Sfeihc
10-23-2009, 06:27 AM
Good luck, Mr. Fax. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

the Talking Can
10-23-2009, 06:30 AM
Tell them to put in a slinky.


good luck and hope you have a smooth quick recovery

C-Mac
10-23-2009, 06:40 AM
No kidding? That's interesting. Titanium doesn't activate the metal detectors?

If that's the case, why don't the terrorists make guns and knives and stuff out of titanium?

FAX

Not to worry Mr Fax, I have a titanium rod in my arm and the metal detectors catch me every time.
Best wishes on your adventure with the doc's, I'm sure the end result will be worth it all.

shakesthecat
10-23-2009, 06:43 AM
Good luck and a speedy recovery

kepp
10-23-2009, 06:49 AM
Plus, (with a tad bit of luck) it means I can permanently get off the pain meds

That explains a lot about your posts.

j/k - prayers heading your way

reiko57
10-23-2009, 06:57 AM
nothing sidelines a dude like a bad back, hope they can get it back to normal

Dayze
10-23-2009, 07:17 AM
Good Luck Mr. Fax. Hope everything goes smoothly and you have a speedy recovery.

booger
10-23-2009, 07:23 AM
Good luck Fax! Give em hell!

seclark
10-23-2009, 07:24 AM
good luck fax.
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Iowanian
10-23-2009, 07:26 AM
Best of Luck with all of it Fax.

Mr. Kotter
10-23-2009, 07:31 AM
Best wishes, FAX.

While not as extensive as yours, I've been there and done that; it should help you, immensely. Good luck.

Lumpy
10-23-2009, 07:40 AM
Best of luck to u Mr Fax.

burt
10-23-2009, 09:46 AM
I've often thought about that when I pass through the detectors with my titanium reconstructed face....

I have 3 titanium plates, 12 screws and titanium mesh in my face. No problem getting through airports.

I also have a mirror so I believe I have grounds to sue for malpractice!

Prayers and thoughts your way Mr. Fax. You do not suck!

Pestilence
10-23-2009, 09:57 AM
Good luck Mr. Fax. You'll be in my thoughts.

Mr. Laz
10-23-2009, 10:03 AM
Back problems suck ...... hope nothing but the best for you Mr. Fax.

ChiefButthurt
10-23-2009, 10:04 AM
Good luck FAX...hope you have a speedy recovery.

Buehler445
10-23-2009, 10:05 AM
But, my expectations are reasonable at this point. If I can simply get the pain down to maybe a 2 or a 3 on the pain meter ... something you can treat with aspirin or whatever ... I'll be happy. To be honest, my main objective is to get off the pain meds. I'm thoroughly addicted to narcotics and I'm really sick of it.

Thankfully, however, there is a new medication that is designed to treat the symptoms of withdrawal so you can go cold turkey without the cold and minimal turkey. With luck and the aid of this drug, I should be able to kick the narcotics this winter which would be a fantastic result and well worth the price of admission.

FAX

Sorry about your adictions, Mr. FAX. Honestly, I cannot understand your situation. I've never been in that type of situation, but I do know that it has to be difficult on mind and body.

I sincerely hope your goals are met. If there's anything I can possibly do, let me know.
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boogblaster
10-23-2009, 10:07 AM
Good Luck MR. FAX .. hope you've went in soon enough that it will help you .. myself I waited too long ...

BigRedChief
10-23-2009, 10:17 AM
Well, wish me luck, fellow knuckleheads.

On Monday, they're accessing my spine from the back. Tuesday is a day of "rest". Then, on Wednesday, they repeat the procedure from the front side. They're going to remove my L5 and replace it with a bunch of pins and rods and screws and staples and brassiere wire and whatever else might be laying about. According to Wikipedia, I should feel lots better afterwards. Plus, (with a tad bit of luck) it means I can permanently get off the pain meds (I've migrated to a combination of dilaudid and morphine for the last few months). I'm really looking forward to that because I'm sick of living out of a pill bottle.

Interestingly, this whole episode is ironically paradoxical in a mordaciously karmic sort of way. I once had an employee who was always bitching about his bad back. Although I never said it aloud, after listening to another of his lengthy complaints, I often thought to myself, "Jeez, man up dude. It can't hurt that bad." Boy, was I wrong. This damn thing has affected my life pretty significantly - not to mention the quality of my posts of late. Something has to change.

Anyhow, I'm feeling pretty confident about the whole thing, but the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX is a bit nervous. So, I told her I'd play the ace up my sleeve and post a prayer request. It worked great last time.

I know that this is nothing compared to what many of you have gone through (Mr. CrazyHorse, for example), so I'm not looking for sympathy. Still, one can never be too careful. Therefore, if any of you guys and girls still possess the faintest shred of humanity in your souls at this point in the season, a positive mental vibe or message to the man upstairs would be appreciated.

PS: Anybody know if having pins and stuff in your back causes problems at airports?

FAX

Disclaimers: Sorry if repost.
I've never had back issues, but after working in the medical field for 10 years, I can tell you that some of the worst pain I've seen was with back issues.

Here's to the procedure getting you fixed up right and being healthy again! :thumb:

Hydrae
10-23-2009, 11:40 AM
Here's to a speedy recovery and a quick return to the computer! :toast:

We will miss you in the meantime. ;)

DeezNutz
10-23-2009, 01:06 PM
All my best, Mr. Fax, all my best.

mlyonsd
10-23-2009, 01:07 PM
Good luck Fax.

I hope Red Green is on hand in case the surgeon needs some advice.

38yrsfan
10-23-2009, 01:20 PM
Hope all goes well sir.

Ari Chi3fs
10-23-2009, 01:49 PM
"It is foolish to believe in sickness or in anything that will hurt or harm you. Believe in perfect health, prosperity, peace, wealth, and divine guidance." Dr. Joseph Murphy

So, my friend, Mr. FAX... believe in perfect health and believe in the ability of your great surgeons... and get well soon.

Much love.

tw

Phobia
10-23-2009, 03:16 PM
So I guess this means you're bailing on our squat workout next Tuesday then?

Best wishes, bro. I'll drop a line to the Big Guy on your behalf.

JohninGpt
10-23-2009, 03:22 PM
Best of luck FAX, hope you have a speedy recovery and a hot nurse.

stumppy
10-23-2009, 04:52 PM
Best of luck. Been there and done that, not any fun for sure.

vailpass
10-23-2009, 04:54 PM
Well wishes your way Fax.

JASONSAUTO
10-23-2009, 04:59 PM
many prayers on the way faxy.
let us all know how it goes

Frankie
10-23-2009, 05:02 PM
Hey Mr. FAX, sorry to hear about your problem. I am on a California vacation with fairly limited access to the internet. Hence, my late reply to this thread. I'm sure your sense of humor and positive attitude will make this a breeze for you. Not to mention the support from the beautiful and witty Mrs. FAX whome not long age was the benefitiary of such support from you. As for your airport worries, do not fret. I have nine stents in two arteries and a couple of pins in my knee and have had no trouble flying.

Good luck and Godspeed.

Rausch
10-23-2009, 05:18 PM
Plus, (with a tad bit of luck) it means I can permanently get off the pain meds (I've migrated to a combination of dilaudid and morphine for the last few months).

This would not be the year to get off drugs that make you say "eh, **** it."

The wife had fusion surgery (metal plate holding three neck bones in place) done and the end results were slow, but great. It was about 3 months before the stingers/numbness quit, about 4 for the pain, then she was fine. It wasn't overnight recovery though so don't get down if you wake up and it's not a night and day difference...

bevischief
10-23-2009, 05:32 PM
Best of luck FAX, hope you have a speedy recovery and a hot nurse.

This best outcome to wish for.

My recovery from my burns a month ago I had several hot big titty nurses and office personal as well.

:D:D

I get to go see them next week too..:D

bevischief
10-23-2009, 05:36 PM
This would not be the year to get off drugs that make you say "eh, **** it."

The wife had fusion surgery (metal plate holding three neck bones in place) done and the end results were slow, but great. It was about 3 months before the stingers/numbness quit, about 4 for the pain, then she was fine. It wasn't overnight recovery though so don't get down if you wake up and it's not a night and day difference...

Fusion surgery is what I get to look forward to with big toe joints in both feet one is half way there too young for artificial joints not looking forward to it either...
:cuss:

Pablo
10-23-2009, 06:18 PM
I hope all goes well for you Mr. FAX.

DeezNutz
10-23-2009, 06:20 PM
Oh, by the way, someone once said that these types of situations give one license to pinch a nurse.

Don't forget that important step.

kstater
10-23-2009, 07:08 PM
Good Luck Mr. FAX


Look on the bright side, more opportunities to admire young nubile nurses.

Skip Towne
10-23-2009, 07:14 PM
Lots of luck to you FAX. I'm sure things will go well.

patteeu
10-23-2009, 07:22 PM
Good luck, FAX. I hope everything goes without a hitch.

kregger
10-23-2009, 07:38 PM
All the best to your and your medical providers. You'll be in my thoughts and I wish you nothing but a speedy recovery.
Do let us know if that song is going to show up on the major label soon, though.

cabletech94
10-23-2009, 07:53 PM
Best wishes to you FAX.

gblowfish
10-23-2009, 07:56 PM
Hang in there Mr. Fax.
You'll be rhyming again in no time!

KC Jones
10-23-2009, 08:04 PM
Good luck Mr. Fax! Stay away from powerful magnetic fields in the future!

scott free
10-23-2009, 08:25 PM
Get well soon Sir, i will fire off all of my very best vibes in your southerly direction.

You will strut through this obstacle, like a Rowdy Red Rooster.

;)

bevischief
10-24-2009, 02:54 AM
Good luck Mr. Fax! Stay away from powerful magnetic fields in the future!

ROFL


Good luck and to a speedy recovery!
:BLVD:

WilliamTheIrish
10-24-2009, 05:10 AM
Fax,

Good luck. You should feel immediate relief once those spianl nerves aren't being compressed. Sometimes it does a take a few weeks to get the pain down. However, you are correct in that getting the pain down to a tolerable level that does not need narcotics, will put you life back on track.

Swift, sharp scalpels to you my friend.

patteeu
10-24-2009, 07:29 AM
I just hope that successful surgery, relief of nerve pain, and elimination of the need for narcotics doesn't ruin FAX as a poster. So many starving artists and Rock and Roll drug addicts start making money or get themselves clean and lose their edge that I'm a bit concerned about what this development means to the ChiefsPlanet big picture.

:p

LOCOChief
10-24-2009, 07:55 AM
Good luck FAX, I've said my prayer for your successful surgery and recovery and with some determination you'll be on the mend in no time. God Bless

Fairplay
10-24-2009, 08:57 AM
Prayer sent and i know you will get better.

If not sue the doctor for being in traction the rest of your life.

Mr. Laz
10-24-2009, 09:32 AM
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milkman
10-24-2009, 09:36 AM
Good luck Mr. Fax.

I'll keep a positive thought.

kc rush
11-18-2009, 03:45 PM
Anyone heard from Mr. FAX?

stlchiefs
11-18-2009, 03:50 PM
Haven't seen him around lately.

Jenson71
11-18-2009, 04:01 PM
Hey FAX, how bout you quit being a lazy asshole and start spending all your free time away from friends and family and back here where you should be?