Leaking port and delayed back surgery for my mom

Posted By on December 5, 2011


After weathering the hot summer and safely making it through hurricane season, our sailboat Encore demonstrated that wind and rain from “unnamed storms” can still find its way into a closed boat. One of the port above the book rack dripped some water onto a few books … a couple of them headed straight to the trash (sorry GWB – Decision Points above). Unfortunately getting moisture into a “closed boat” is not good for anything and required some extra mildew clean-up … something a little work and fresh air can solve.

Monday was also the scheduled day for my mom’s back surgery … something she has been nervous about for a few months now. After going off of her pain medicines Sunday night and making the miserable hour and 15 minute drive to the hospital for morning surgery, she arrived and was prepped for surgery at 6:30 AM. Unfortunately the surgeon called and cancelled schedule for the day and his office indicated that they would have to re-schedule. Ugh! The hospital fortunately gave some pain meds so that she can make the return trip home … only to anticipate doing this all over again even closer to Christmas.


The bones (vertebrae) that form the spine in your back are cushioned by small, spongy discs. When these discs are healthy, they act as shock absorbers for the spine and keep the spine flexible. But when a disc is damaged, it may bulge or break open. This is called a herniated disc. It may also be called a slipped or ruptured disc.

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