Sunday, July 30, 2017


Hi folks,

I appreciate all the emails, cards and calls people have so graciously sent me over my recent spinal surgery. I can’t begin to tell each and every one of you how much your thoughts and well-wishes mean to me.

It looks as the surgery was a success. I should know if so in detail by this coming Thursday when I have my first post-op interview with my wonderful orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Roger Shugart, who is simply brilliant, besides being the kind of guy you’d love to go have beers with!

Up until today, I wasn’t sure if it had been successful as I’ve been in a lot of unrelenting pain, and then I woke up this ayem and it had eased considerably—not 100%--but at least by 40%, and that’s huge.

Having a few post-op issues, namely my bowels have forgotten how to work… but I’ll get that sorted out I’m sure.

Above it all my wife Mary has been an absolute angel! She’s done virtually everything for me and never complained for a second. On top of her working killer hours on her own bad knees and never complaining one time, time after time she was there to prop up my spirits. I know I wouldn’t have made it without her by my side. And our son, Mike, who took off work to take care of me when his mom had to work. I’m so blessed to have them in my life. My other two kids would have been there to help as well, but that wasn’t possible as they both live out of state--Britney in Louisville (where she was in the hospital herself)—and Sienna in Michigan.

We took off my dressing for the final time today and I had Mary take pictures and here they are!

 This shot was taken four days after the surgery.

 This shot was taken a couple of hours ago. 

Again, thank all of you so much—your thoughts helped through all of this—I love you each and every one.

Blue skies,



Judith said...

Glad the pain's easing off. Your staples/stitches (?) look pretty impressive. Your Mary's a wonder, lucky man. I hope you get good news when you see your surgeon tomorrow. Thinking of you.

Les Edgerton said...

Thanks, Judith! And you're absolutely right--I couldn't make it without Mary--she's been my everything during all of this. Saw the surgeon and he's very pleased with the results, I went off the pain meds and while there's pain there's not nearly as much as there could have been. My biggest problem is my COPD which seems to have worsened. Thanks so much for your good thoughts--they mean the world to me!