My Micro Discectomy - D-Day
So Today is the Day of my MicroDiscectomy. I was originally scheduled to get operated on early Tuesday morning, however due to circumstances affecting other patients I was given the option to get operated one day earlier on the Monday, with surgery commencing at 1:30pm. While I have been coping ok with my sciatic pain as much as that is possible, I was more than happy to go in one day early to get a shot at resolving my pain.
A lunch time appointment opened up the opportunity for a nice sleep in; much appreciated by my partner. It also meant more time for me to think and to get nervous about all the horrible things revealed by Dr Google over the days leading up to today. Being a first timer to surgery of any kind, receiving spinal surgery was something I was extremely nervous about. Signing off on possible paralysis, blindness, permanent pain, and a bunch of other horrible outcomes made the bullet point death seem like one of the more friendly outcomes on the neatly formatted consent form. My anaesthetist later stated: “These things are as likely as rocking horse shit.” I may make a suggestion to amend the consent form accordingly.Read more
My Micro Discectomy - Day 1 Post Op
Slowly waking up I semiconsciously check for movement in my toes, feet and legs. YES! Everything seems to function; the number one concern is taken care of. I open my eyes and can’t help smiling.
So far I am feeling fine, no nausea and only some mild pain where the incision must have been made. It has been no more than a few minutes since waking and I recall the post op blogs and youtube experiences discussing the unpleasant and painful hours immediately following surgery; accordingly I begin to mentally prepare myself for a sleepless night in pain.Read more
Windows 8 Pro Upgrade from Windows 7 on Mac OS X - Boot Camp
Upgrading the windows 7 pro bootcamp partition on my mac book pro to windows 8 with the EUR29.99 version of windows 8 update was a little tricky. Hopefully these couple of pointers will save you several hours of trolling through knowledge base articles, forums and blog.
The trouble I has was that I did not have the required 20GB hard drive space but also required an existing version of windows 7 for the upgrade. Further trouble I encountered was not being able to choose a partition for the installation of the windows 8 pro upgrade.
With a little perseverance I got everything working, hopefully with these small tips a installation should be super easy.