Get well soon. That must have been really scary. We all have to count our blessings sometimes. Something like that can bring everything into a different perspective. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery and enjoy the swimming, it's great!
Yes, get well soon. I am sending you a virtual e-card (by virtual e-card I mean that it is an e-card that virtually exists), and wish you all of the best for a speedy recovery.
There's tea in t' other room if you want it.
GWS from me too Maggot, hope you get back, not merely to where you were before this crisis, but a whole lot improved from that! Were you in severe pain before the op, or merely numbness? I had a former colleague who went through what sounds like a very similar op. to yours (he had to go private 'cos he couldn't stand it with the pain waiting for an NHS appointment). This was several years ago. I'm not sure if I have his current e-mail but I'll see if I can get in touch, he may have some tips.
Sorry to hear about your problem and best wishes for your recovery.
I'm something of a fellow sufferer although without the surgery bit. In October I had a bad fall and fractured 3 neck vertebrae and a back vertebrae between my shoulder blades. Surgery would have done nothing for the neck bones and all they could do on the back one was stick a screw in which was optional! Supported by the surgeons advice, I chose not to have surgery as it would not have got me up any quicker.
Whilst in hospital for 5 weeks I saw many other patients arrive and go under the knife - it was like a miracle in many cases, the speed with which they recovered from months of pain and disability. I hope your recovery is equally rapid.