Back on the saddle… Some of the music written by a colleague of mine. #musicmonday  (at Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden)

Back on the saddle… Some of the music written by a colleague of mine. #musicmonday (at Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden)

plus5mace:

warning you of important things…

Stay safe this halloween.

plus5mace:

warning you of important things…

Stay safe this halloween.

Show the world we want a phone worth keeping! #phonebloks


 http://thndr.it/15eLEMU

Show the world we want a phone worth keeping! #phonebloks


http://thndr.it/15eLEMU

Happy Birthday to Me
This year for my birthday I got to have a surgery that wound up saving my life.

For those of you who don’t know, for the past 7 years I’ve had a lump in my neck that, when disturbed, caused pain and numbness in my arm, neck, and shoulder. For years we tried to get a diagnosis, and, being a singer, my biggest fear (of course) was needing to operate in or near my neck.

With my good-luck blanket waiting for anesthesia
Over the summer, I saw a bunch of doctors who eventually gave me the diagnosis that led to surgery: thoracic outlet syndrome (Thank you Ryan and Dr. Louis C. Rose of Bronx, NY!). I saw a vascular specialist, Dr. Mayank Patel, who referred me to one of the best vascular surgeons who actually specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome: Dr. Richard Green.

Thank you Dr. Green!

I had something called a cervical rib; an extra rib in my neck that I was apparently born with. As it grew it put increasing amounts of pressure on my brachial plexus (the center of all the nerves that run through my shoulder and arm) which led to numbness and pain and my brachial plexus was stretched over this bone and compressed against my clavicle. This phenomenon is generally called thoracic outlet syndrome (check it out on wikipedia).

Immediately after surgery

The doctors knew my subclavian artery and jugular vein were adjacent to the rib, but before surgery they did not think I had any issues with either of them being pinched or damaged. When they went in to perform the surgery to remove it they found it actually HAD been damaging my subclavian artery and I would have suffered from an aneurysm in a few months. Dr. Green took out the rib, repaired the artery, and now I just wait it out while my nerves get back to normal, which will take some time.

Leaving the Hospital
So, this year I may not have had much of a chance to celebrate my birthday, but I was given the gift of being able to celebrate many more. Every day I wake up now feels like a blessing and a gift and I look forward to making the most of each and every one.



Plus, I don’t even have to do anything for Halloween.

My Zipper Neck :)


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This year for my birthday I got to have a surgery that wound up saving my life. (Check out the full blog post at http://rachelzevitaofficial.blogspot.com)

I had something called a cervical rib; an extra rib in my neck that I was apparently born with. As it grew it put increasing amounts of pressure on my brachial plexus (the center of all the nerves that run through my shoulder and arm) which led to numbness and pain as my brachial plexus was stretched over this bone.

The doctors knew my subclavian artery and jugular vein were adjacent to the rib, but when they went in to perform the surgery to remove it they found it had actually been damaging my subclavian artery and I would have suffered from an aneurysm in a few months. They took out the rib, repaired the artery, and now I just wait it out while my nerves get back to normal, which will take some time.

So, this year I may not have had much of a chance to celebrate my birthday, but I was given the gift of being able to celebrate many more. Every day I wake up now feels like a blessing and a gift and I look forward to making the most of each and every one.

Plus, I don’t even have to do anything for Halloween. πŸ‘ (at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center)

This year for my birthday I got to have a surgery that wound up saving my life. (Check out the full blog post at http://rachelzevitaofficial.blogspot.com)

I had something called a cervical rib; an extra rib in my neck that I was apparently born with. As it grew it put increasing amounts of pressure on my brachial plexus (the center of all the nerves that run through my shoulder and arm) which led to numbness and pain as my brachial plexus was stretched over this bone.

The doctors knew my subclavian artery and jugular vein were adjacent to the rib, but when they went in to perform the surgery to remove it they found it had actually been damaging my subclavian artery and I would have suffered from an aneurysm in a few months. They took out the rib, repaired the artery, and now I just wait it out while my nerves get back to normal, which will take some time.

So, this year I may not have had much of a chance to celebrate my birthday, but I was given the gift of being able to celebrate many more. Every day I wake up now feels like a blessing and a gift and I look forward to making the most of each and every one.

Plus, I don’t even have to do anything for Halloween. πŸ‘ (at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center)

on my birthday in 1944… :(

on my birthday in 1944… :(

"Tupac Sharkur"

What can I say, I’m punny! (at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)

"Tupac Sharkur"

What can I say, I’m punny! (at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts)

"It’s hotter outside than a twerking unicorn eating sriracha"

#what?

Thanks for the visual, seamless. 

#subway #nyc #lol #unicorn #sriracha #hot #indiansummer

"It’s hotter outside than a twerking unicorn eating sriracha"

#what?

Thanks for the visual, seamless.

#subway #nyc #lol #unicorn #sriracha #hot #indiansummer

Ladies and gents… The @nydailynews has won the Internet, and my heart, with this cover. #houseofturds #shutdown #lol (at The Daily News Building)

Ladies and gents… The @nydailynews has won the Internet, and my heart, with this cover. #houseofturds #shutdown #lol (at The Daily News Building)

HAPPY MONDAY!! πŸ˜‚

HAPPY MONDAY!! πŸ˜‚