Shyla and I have been enjoying our early morning snowbike rides on the trails despite the incredibly harsh winter weather. We burst out the door every morning to pedal up to our sunrise lookout point. I feel gratitude for every single day that we can do that together.
I don't yet know what the plan is for trying to fix this situation. I have some guesses because I have so much experience with spine problems. I probably need a cervical spinal fusion, adjacent to the fusion that I had in 2010, to fix the one horrific neck disc. I also might need some work done on my shoulder - but I'm unsure about how a doctor fixes the kind of problem I have in my shoulder. Obviously, I'll be talking to a lot of doctors in the coming weeks.
Since receiving this news, I've been trying very hard to mimic Shyla's wide-eyed enthusiasm for life. I'm trying to "be like a dog" and not focus on the future too much. After all, I have today with my wonderful Duo and the Runner.