update: my surgery is over and although i chose a less invasive procedure (long story……momma will fill y’all in at a later date), i still have weeks of physical therapy to endure and a big dumb cone around my dang neck. but other than all that, i am good. i am sleeping, whining, eating and being sweet to my momma. she is currently curled up next to me, icing my knees. all is good in the hood.