Much thought & Keeping #toasty on the deck of my #innercityapartment.. Few nights before the #op and feeling pretty excited. Its taken a long long time for the operation to be approved by #ACC - the #government agency covering accidents, 8 months in fact. Because theres been a series of what they call small #accidents, a nose to tail car accident in Brisbane on the way to work, dropping of a my hair drier where i twisted my back as i tried to stop it hitting the floor (causing severe #pain) then also an in flight back #strain serving pax, they deem it 'complicated' and basically didn't want to cover it. I took the #initiative and went to 4 #surgeons to get four opinions (as much #research as I can) and they came back conclusive that it was the 'hairdryer accident' a twist and scoop motion that has popped the disc out of the spinal column pressing on my nerves down my leg and i require the disc to be removed and #rods to #straighten the #spine as its sitting to the left....and screws to put in place. Effectively the end result being one big piece of #vertebrae where approximately 3% #mobility will be lost. (Trust me this is not #comfortable..) I'm extremely #flexible and I'm not sure if that helped or hindered. I feel a mixture of #helpless and #hero at this point... #Stressed to have been in pain for this long. I have no clue why we allow our #health to be in the hands of governments, they have zero clue at a ground level what #optimal #health & #wellbeing is... SO... In the end I got sent to a surgeon of ACC's choosing who said this perhaps happened years ago. I completely disagree. (I will not get any financial support because of this apart from Op costs.) I agree in full with the four independent surgeons....But end result of this part of story, is that the stress caused by the government agency is #partly over, and I'm off for my #Op !! Beyond #excited!