On the early morn of June 8, 2004 I will be off the board for a space of time. For how long, I know not. I go into the hospital for approxiamately 4-5 days, and will be having surgery done on my spine. They are wanting to fuse the vertebrae together in the lumbar region. I have had a major amount of discomfort and pain in that region for some time, and after having tried many things like acupuncture, exercise, chiropractic procedures and steroid injections, this is my last recourse. I'm not really crazy about the idea, but I'm sick of suffering and feeling pain except when I sleep. Hopefully, this will do the trick...if not, I just don't know. Wish me, luck and keep your fingers crossed that I come out of the hospital able to walk. My doc seems pretty competent, so I'm optimistic.