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Salvation 3 by kg1507
Well, it turns out I will NOT be celebrating my birthday by going to the neurosurgeon after all. He has emergency surgery tomorrow, so the appointment has been rescheduled for next Wednesday. I suppose it's not a huge deal, the pain isn't unbearable anymore. Mostly in my lower back, but the pills help. I spoke to my rich aunt yesterday, who has a history of back problems and can afford the best doctors, and she told me her guy says NO back surgery EVER. The idea of surgery doesn't thrill me- both my sister and my father have herniated discs, and while they have flareups, it's not a constant thing. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what the doctor says.

So, tomorrow. I turn the big 38. I was going to say I don't feel 38, but then again, what should 38 feel like? I really have no idea. I don't particularly feel 37 at this point, anyhow. Age ain't nothing but a number, yadda yadda yadda. (That being said, I still don't want to get older. I'm well aware that I'm 2 years away from 40, and that seems like it will feel old.)

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Annie's seen a bunch of neurosurgeons about her back and got the same verdict your aunt's guy gave. Doesn't help in the long run and causes too much scar tissue, they said.

My aunt's doctor puts her on some kind of medieval rack and stretches her- I'd like to avoid that. (Have they ever done that to Annie?) I think it might have worked for my aunt. When we first came down to Florida two years ago, she looked almost hunchbacked, but she's standing much straighter nowadays.

I didn't feel old at 40, or at 50, or even at the last one. You're still going to have more of your life ahead of you than behind you, so take comfort in that if you need to. ;-)

I have no words of advice about your back and surgery; that's one problem area that both sides of the family have managed to avoid. Good luck with whatever you decide, though, and enjoy your doctorless birthday! <3

When I was younger, in my twenties, I used to think it was funny to point out to my mom that I was closer to 30 than she was. Not so funny, now, I guess. Everything comes round in a circle.

I spent my 25th birthday at the dentist, so I suppose my 38th at the neurosurgeon wouldn't have been much worse!

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