Saturday, July 18, 2009

Back surgery and books

ok, I'm nervous about going under the knife. Maybe because this time there is a knife; it's not endoscopic or arthoscopic or hell, microscopic. This is open surgery and from what I've been told the incision is between 3 and 6 inches. They call it "roto rooter" surgery, but the technical term is laminectomy. Removal of the lamina. They clear out the canal that's narrowed and impinges nerves, and they do it by removing bone and other tissue. As is typical for me, I'm researching the dickens out of it but tend to concentrate less on the actual surgery and (much) more on the recovery. Finding that info sparse and repetitive. What I was hoping for was a "what to expect when you're..." but can't find it.

In the meantime, I just started Oliver Sacks's new book "Musicophilia." Heard about it on the Daily Show. Interesting and very readable. That's my current NY book. My current Canadian book is "Third Reich at War" by Richard Evans. In between I just read the play "Joe Turner's Come and Gone", to keep alive what we felt when we saw the play a few weeks ago (and sat in the two seats directly behind where the Obamas sat one week earlier.) Nick is about to read a new book about the Bataan death march.

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