Nick walked in to see his spine surgeons today and was greeted with hugs, smiles, handshakes, and encouraging words. “You look great. You’re strong and the color is back in your face.” Actually, Nick has been hearing those words a lot lately. It’s just nice to hear them from the people who saved his life a year ago.
Remember last summer when Nick had his final back surgery? And how we’re through with surgeries and hospitals and all of that? Well… not anymore. Today we pulled the trigger for him to have another surgery this summer.
He’s going to have ALL the hardware removed from his back!
What a wild and crazy idea, considering that only a year ago his spine was disconnected from his pelvis. He is bothered by the bolts sticking out of his lower back, and he knows he will feel better without all that metal creaking and crunching around in his body. Both surgeons feel it’s a good idea, and Nick’s been thinking about it for a while. When we were discussing it, I could feel Nick’s excitement. He wants the metal gone, understandably so. The doc said he doesn’t expect any noticeable improvement in flexibility or pain levels, although we’re obviously hoping for the best.
Results of the latest X-rays show Nicks spine is doing great. Fener-1, Hardware-0. About two months ago while working out at the gym with his trainer, Nick heard a LOUD pop and thought something hit him in the back. His trainer, 15 feet away, heard it too. There was no pain, but it scared the hell out of him. He laid down for a few minutes just to be sure everything was okay before continuing the workout. We never thought much of it, and assumed it was the hardware moving around. Boy were we wrong. The hardware wasn’t moving around, one of the metal rods snapped! I know, we can’t believe it either. This is not a reason why he’s getting it removed, however. It’s just a “holy shit” factoid I couldn’t help but share. The doctor didn’t seem too worried about it and will have a closer look at that area during his upcoming surgery to be certain it is fully healed.
Due to the unexpected turn of events today, there is a high probability that Nick’s skydive won’t be happening on August 18th as planned. But, in true Fener fashion, we haven’t completely written it off, and will be continuing to work toward that goal until it becomes overwhelmingly apparent that he won’t be ready on that date. Getting his spine sorted out is far more important that skydiving, but a dude’s got to have goals!
One last bit of good news is that Nick’s phantom pains have been virtually nonexistent today. We’ll take this WIN… and build on it, one day at a time.