Getting a Tune Up
Early tomorrow morning I'll be going under the knife, so please excuse a (hopefully short) absence. I'll be undergoing a double Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Fusion, which basically means I have two herniated discs in my neck that are pressing on my spinal cord. The good doctors at Beth Israel will be removing the discs from my spine and replacing them with a bone graft, then rigging the whole thing together with a metal plate and some screws.
Knock wood the procedure will go well and I'll be back on my feet in about 4-6 weeks. Hopefully minus the numbness and weakness in my hands and legs which have not been a whole lot of fun to live with over the last few months. Thankfully I have a very supportive family, and I'll keep myself busy with plenty of movies and books--and a nifty new booklight--to help out with the recovery (the booklight makes a great gift, by the way).
And if there's one good good thing to come out of this, it's that I'll be the only crime writer I know who has bones from an actual cadaver implanted in his body. It's the little things in life, you know.