News about Nathan and Heather Straz

Thursday, 17 May, 2007
Third time's a charm
by heather

Surgery number 3 is going to be May 29. I have been putting off blogging about it since I decided to have the surgery back in February. I think this is because the doctors aren't very confident that this surgery will take care of my primary complaint, the constant head pain. Its really hard to be an optimistic patient when the doctors aren't optimistic. But this is the only thing that Dr.B is offering for treatment for me right now. He said that the tethered cord has to be fixed before they look at trying to fix my neck/fusion or there will be further damage.

This surgery will be much different from the other two I've had. First the good news: They won't have to shave my hair :) and the recovery is supposed to be shorter than the others. This surgery will involve releasing the spinal cord (at the bottom) from the bone where it is attached. So, this surgery will be on my lower back instead of my neck and back of my head.

Check back for updates. Nate will try to keep the blog updated after the surgery so you all can follow my recovery. Don't forget to post a comment and say 'hello'. I love hearing from you all and its always nice when Nate comes to visit me in the hospital and reads the comments to me :)


Tracie said on May 22 at 11:52 p.m.:


Heather we will and are praying that you get some relief from this surgery...I think Hope is all we really have these days..If the Doctors aren't hopefull be enough for all of you..Hang in there ..
Take care and know we are thinking about you..Tracie/Abi

Lacie said on May 23 at 02:10 p.m.:

Keeping you in my prayers

Heather ~ I have been following your blog since I was diagnosed with CM in Sept. 06. I just met Dr. B this month and he totally floored me when he told me that I additionally have EDS and tethered cord! I know he is amazingly brilliant and I am trying to wrap my brain around considering getting the tethered cord surgery done, hoping it will buy me some time until I need decompression. I know that you will be taken care of!

Jill said on May 23 at 10:48 p.m.:

Heather - just wanted to let you know that all of us here at Sport and Spine will be sending you prayers of support and well being. You have an amazing amount of inner strength that I know will serve you well once again!

Nathaniel said on May 27 at 12:37 p.m.:

Good Luck

I just wanted to wish you good luck on surgery. I hope this one helps you better than the last ones.

Louis said on May 28 at 07:56 p.m.:

Hi Heather

Knowing you will be in for surgery tomorrow our prayers and support are with you. Have a successful surgery and quick recovery. We look forward to your return back to MN