It's hard to imagine that someone might not be able to remember how many surgeries they have had....but it's true. I'm preparing for #9, although it might be only #8. If you know anything about me, or my health history....I have had cancer 3 times. I was 21 when I had it the first time, 42 the second and 53 the third. In between there were bowel obstructions and many, many complications from all three cancer surgeries. So now, after suffering from excruciating sciatic pain for the past 10 years, I am giving in to the recommendation to have a nerve decompression surgery. This one should be minor, compared to the many MAJOR surgeries I have endured, but I'm terrified, nonetheless. I've put it off for so long, and if I don't have it, I might be facing some nerve damage down the road. I have tried EVERYTHING...and I mean everything in the past 10 years to alleviate the pain. During the past 8 months I have not had one pain-free day! Scary, huh? In fact, I wrote about my sciatica (in a piece called "MY SCIATICA) about 9 years ago, and quite surprisingly, everything I wrote then is basically still true today. I've shown this to many people, and most people have told me to publish it somewhere....so I'm self-publishing it here:
|Pudendal nerve entrapment|
Photos are from a beautiful pre-surgery healing ceremony performed by my wonderful friend, Rabbi Tsipi Gabai. I was surrounded by good friends and lots of love...and great food.