Friday, June 12, 2015

Six Million Dollar..... Bulldog!!!

A while back on a previous post, I talked about Bulldog Man having neck injuries that would eventually require his neck to be rebuilt.  That day came yesterday.  His neurosurgeon, on our last office visit said; “there’s no more waiting, it has to be done”.  Bulldog Man’s neck has gotten worse, and if, God forbid, someone hit the back of our truck, the impact alone would make him a quadriplegic.

Yesterday we went to the hospital early, prepared for surgery.  Bulldog Man was pulled into pre-op where I sat with him until the surgeon was ready for him.  Instead of being rolled into surgery early as scheduled, the doctor decided my husband would be his last surgical patient of the day, so he could investigate in detail, the additional work that will be required in the near future.  Surgery started in the late afternoon and ended several hours later. 
Instead of using stitches the doctor used Durabond on Bulldog Mans neck.
The hospital made him wear this awful socks so he wouldn't slide on the floor, he's going to
kill me if he knows I
posted this picture, lol......

The doctor performed a discectomy and fusion of C5 to C6, and C6 to C7.
 
This afternoon Bulldog Man returned home. He will be out of work for a while on short term disability.  He now has complete feeling in his fingers, arms, and feet…..it feels strange to have no more tingling in his limbs after 20 years. 

This is just the start of fixing a busted Bulldog Man. There will be another two or three surgeries just on his neck, and then it will be on to fixing his back.  In the end, when all is done, surgery wise, my husband will be called the Six Million Dollar Man, with a smile on his face, lol……..

They’re many disabled Veterans requiring surgeries, please make sure to pay your taxes and let your Congress Critter know you support fully funding Veterans’ medical costs.



36 comments:

  1. Hope you heal fast! My husband has had the same surgery on his neck. It is amazing how much better he feels.
    Thank you for your service Bulldog Man.

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    1. Debbie,

      I read your message to my husband, and he asked me to reply. He's glad your husbands life is better because of his neck surgery. So far my husband feels better, and can't wait until the healing is complete. Thank you for your kind word about his service. My husband states he would serve again injuries and all.

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  2. Amen to the people who have served. They have been slipping through the cracks.

    I think those socks are hot! Ask him to wear them at home!

    Seriously, you both are in my prayers.

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    1. Gail,

      Yes, Amen to all our active service members, Veteran's, retiree's, and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

      Bulldog Man thought they were hot too......he had the nurse remove them at
      4AM because they were too hot to wear further.

      Thank you so much for your prayers,
      Hugs, and love to you and yours,
      Sandy

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  3. Oh I am so happy to hear that he is doing well!! Wahoo doing the happy dance!!
    Ps. love the socks...Mtn Man had a few pair and I wear them in the winter time when my floors are icy cold!

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    1. M.E.,

      He feels so much better, and can't wait for the healing to complete. Yes, you and me both :-)

      The socks are great for not slipping on the floor but are hot to wear in the summer time. They're great for winter weather though. When we prepared to leave the hospital those sock were tossed in the trash otherwise I would of happily forwarded them to you, lol......

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  4. Oh my gosh, I didn't know you all were going through that. We will send healing thoughts his direction. My Mom had a couple of fusion surgeries and it worked really well for her. this was back in the late 90's and they did stitches and went through the back of her neck. Fascinating to see how they do it now.

    Funny you mentioned six million dollar man, I JUST watched an old episode of that on one of the cable channels. It's a bit slow compared to today's fast paced shows but it's still fun. Now I'll think of Bulldog Man when I watch it. :-)

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    1. 1st Man,

      Yes, we've been going through a lot here and haven't posted the half of it because we try to stay positive despite other surgeries, and family problems. We so appreciate the healing thoughts. That is great news your Mom's fusion surgeries were successful and she's better.
      With all the new modern medical advances they should re-film the six million dollar man, LOL!!!!

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  5. my Sweet Brat Angel - you and your mighty fine Bulldog Man have been in our thoughts constantly! mostly because we want the two of you up here for a fishing marathon! the Bulldog Man can wear his socks - bahahahah! tell him that his 2 nekkid canadian friends are doing healing dances for him and that we know he is going to pull through this, and additional surgeries and all he will want is a trip to cape breton island to go fishing!!! we'll take both of you and take you both fishing in the rivers, lakes and ocean! he's a tough bugger as they say around here but so are you Brat Angel! we love you guys so much it's not funny! he's a tough son of a gun but then so are you Sweet Sandy. we'll keep sending our prayers and healing thoughts your way. we love you and all of yours so much!

    your friends always!
    kymber and jam
    xoxoxo

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    1. Sweet Kymber,
      Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts :-)
      We would love to go fishing, right now we have to live through both of you vicariously while you fish up there. Aren't those socks unique??
      I sure will tell him you two are doing the nekkid healing dance for him, he will get a kick out of hearing this. Yes, BD Man is a tough bugger.....he was a First Sargent at one point in his military career. Boy could he kick butt, still does.....he doesn't take crap from anyone!!!! LMAO...... You're right, we both don't take crap.....we both are very tough/strong individuals when put together omg........watch out!!!! Thank you so very much for your warm words, prayers, and being wonderful friends/family :-)
      We love you guys,
      Sandy and Bulldog Man

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  6. I am glad your man is getting the care he deserves. My best to him. Thank you for your support of veteran's issues.

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  7. Very happy to hear the surgery is showing results so quickly. Get well Bull Dog!
    By the way those socks are now your trademark and house slippers :-)

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    1. Mike,

      We are too! BD Man's fingers and feet have been tingling for a long time. Now he's just amazed how they feel. No more tingling!!!
      LOL on those socks! He had to toss them as soon as he got them off of his feet in the hospital. He hated them, lol.....

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  8. Wow Bulldog has been through a lot. I thank him and ALL of the others in both our countries who are living through so many medical issues and hardships after keeping our countries and us safe. I know he has the best woman standing beside him and that means all the difference. Keep going six million dollar Bulldog. Hugs B

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    1. Buttons,

      Yes Ma'am he sure has, and has a lot more too go. My husband asked me to tell you Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. You're too sweet B, now if he gets crabby I have the perfect frying pan to straighten him out with, LOL....... Just teasing!!!! BD Man will continue on ward with his surgeries, and will soon be that six million dollar man.
      Hugs back at you,
      Sandy

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  9. Kinda of unbelievable that he could leave the hospital right after having such surgery. We may grump and groan about so much of modern "technology" being dehumanizing, but when it comes to what it enables surgeons to do to repair the human body . . . well, we have to thank our lucky stars for that. It must have been a very long day for both of you waiting to be last in line for the surgery. And for good men like your husband to suffer for years from his service to our country is something we wish never had to happen.

    You do, Sandy, keep your posts so upbeat, interesting and encouraging. True, we do all deal with more than we "put out there" but I think staying positive goes a long way to creating good rather than the opposite.

    Sending healing thoughts and continued success with making Bulldog Man feel like a Six Million Dollar Man!!

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    1. Mama Pea,

      We have an awesome Neurosurgeon, he's also an medical instructor at one of the biggest universities in Oklahoma. He could probably do this surgery in his sleep, lol...... Doc thoroughly worked on my husband, and even closed the incision with Durabond, so there was no staples, or stitches. Making it so much easier to move the neck. Now BD Man is under all kinds of instructions from the doctor not to do certain things. The doctor felt comfortable with him going home because I won't tolerate not following through with the doctors instructions.......see I'm nurse ratchet!!!! That's why he got to go home so soon.

      Our government, and the VA need to stop dragging their feet and allow the proper medical care needed for all of our Veterans. A Veteran shouldn't have to wait years for medical assistance.

      Staying positive is the secret on getting through negative things/situations.

      Thank you so very much for your kinds words!

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  10. I agree w/Mama Pea, it's amazing how quick they are to get you home these days. I sure hope Bulldog continues to heal & get those feeling back in his arms & legs. Please keep us updated & I hope you still get to enjoy your special day.

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    1. DFW,

      Thank you Sweetie!! I think the doctor was comfortable with my husband going home early because he had me (nurse ratchet) to be on him constantly to follow instructions.

      I will keep continue to keep you all updated. Yes, I did get to enjoy my special day, thank you.

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  11. Sandy Glad to read BDM's surgery went well and he is recovering. Here's toa speedy recovery.

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    1. PP,

      Thank you PP, he is recovering and being a good patient because if he doesn't nurse ratchet will come out (me).

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  12. Our prayers for a speedy, full recovery, Sandy. And for you, too. I know how much work and stress it can be to have your husband operated on. Frank had lower back surgery last summer which required a lengthy recovery. Blessings to you both.

    Fern

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    1. Fern,

      Thank you so very much for your thoughts and prayers. I'm doing okay right now, could use a little more sleep (in time that will come). Yes, it is stressful not having your better half being his normal self. It's really nice to hear Frank is doing better after his surgery, recovery, and his wife there to help him.
      The doctors informed us healing time internally may take up to a couple of years on the inside however, the outside visual incision, and muscles will heal a lot faster. My husband may have up to two more surgeries just on his neck, then it's on to the rest of his back. Thank God for modern medicine, and equipment!!!!
      Sending hugs, and blessing back to you both.
      Sandy

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  13. Wow! It would be hard to be brave knowing your neck would be operated on. I bet it will be good to have it all done but you both have a long road ahead. Hope you can get some fishing trips in this summer. Stay strong. He needs you!

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    1. Michaele,

      It is hard but when your told by the doctor it needs to be done because your neck is really bad you go ahead and do it for relief from the pain. Yes, we both have a very long road ahead of us with multiple surgeries. We will get through this!!!! It will probably be late summer before we do because of the limitations on this surgery. Will do!!! Right now, I need sleep and I'm working on that :-)
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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  14. hey hon - you missed my first comment so i just wanted you to be sure that we are thinking of you all and know how hard this has been for all of you - but we are so proud of you all for coming through with this in spades. and we send so much love! always!

    your friends,
    kymber and jambaloney

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      I would never miss your comment, had to jump in and get Bulldog Man up in a sitting position. And when I came back to the computer my mouse pad moved with the roll of the desk draw which holds the mouse pad and keyboard causing the mouse to position me below where I left off. I didn't catch this until I started reading through the posts. Love you both, and thank you for being great friends (aka: family).
      Your friends,
      Sandy and Bulldog Man

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    2. teehee. i was just teasin' witchya! xoxo

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  15. I will be praying for the Bulldog's quick recovery, Sandy.
    I am always in support of our veterans. My Dad served in WW2 and my brother was an Army man.

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    1. Kimberly,

      Thank you so much for your prayers.
      We thank your Dad, and brother for serving for our country and freedoms!

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  16. hey hon - make sure BullDog man sees his trout in today's post! jam went out and got them for BDMan and you! xoxox

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      He seen the trout sweetie, and commented on your post. He loves trout....so do I. Jam.....thanks for catching those fish buddy :-)

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  17. Hi Sandy. I hope you two are resting and recovering. I just wanted to let you know we added Oklahoma Transient to our blogroll today. I'm glad you found us, so we could find your blog. Take care.

    Fern

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    1. Fern and Frank,

      Hi!! Bulldog Man is doing better today, eating normal food and was able to shower. Sleeping wasn't so good however, that may change tonight because were both exhausted.

      Thank you for adding our blog to your blog roll. I've also added yours to mine :-)

      Sandy

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    2. Stay safe in the weather, Sandy. I don't know if this tropical storm is heading your way or not, but it looks like we're in for historical rainfall and flooding. The waters are not back down to normal from the last flood, so this could be bad. I think we will be fine on our place, but there are many places around here that will be really flooded. Please keep everyone in your prayers.

      I hope you both are able to sleep better each night. If it goes anything like Frank's surgery, good sleep will come and go for a while, but it will return. Take good care of both of you. Blessings.

      Fern

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    3. Fern and Frank,
      We will, you two be careful and safe too! Based on all weather resources, and maps this tropical storm is heading right over the top of us unless we get a blessing from God. Same here with the waters, they're not totally back down from the last storm. This tropical storm will cause major issues down this way. I just came back from the big orange box store, had to pickup some extra heavy duty plastic painters plastic to cover other parts of the garden early in the morning.

      Last night was the first night we slept pretty good. We were up every 4 hours for medications. Bulldog Man is feeling better this morning, having good sleep and eating solid food will help with recovery. He's walking real stiff, we need to make sure he stops that so he doesn't suffer pain in other parts of his body. How is Frank's back doing now? Did the surgery help make a difference in his way of life?
      We will make sure to take care of each other, thank you. You two be safe okay!!!
      Hugs,
      Sandy

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