Thursday, April 8, 2010

I'll be out for a few....

I've been having arm pain since last Feburary, I got an MRI Tuesday and met with my doctor today.  On top of a herniated disc in my neck which is pressing on my nerve to my arm (hence the pain) I have a congenital defect in my spine.  Essentially, where my spine should be floating in spinal fluid, there is a severe narrowing that is putting pressure on my spinal cord.  They need to cut a door of sorts in my vertebrae to relieve the pressure.  Its really lucky I herniated my disc, otherwise if went untreated, I could be paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident quite easily.  Also if untreated, I'll slowly become paralyzed. 

I'm going into the hospital tonight, and getting surgery tomorrow.  

Wish me luck!

An aside to my students:
I'm not exactly sure when I'll be back to work.  Please show up to class as normal, instructions will be given to you.


  1. Hello Professor,
    I wish you luck with the surgery & wish you an early recovery. Looking forward to reading about your experience soon.
    You will be in my prayers...

  2. Hello,
    Good luck with the surgery and get better fast! BTW, I had no idea the Matrix came out 1999, I was so young when i first saw it...