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02-25-2010, 09:11 PM
Rita! Did you get my PMs? 3 actually, it wouldn't let me send more than a limited number of words in each one. It was soooooo great to meet you and go through our pre ops together!!! And your hubby is so sweet. You are lucky to have him there with you, that's for sure!!! Tomorrow you get your central line, right??? Please let me know how that goes. I feel like I'm going through this whole thing right along with you!!! How did your meeting with Dr. Lenke go? Any surprises? We will both be A-OK....I just know it. You are my scoli sister!!! And we are strong!

02-25-2010, 10:36 PM
Dear Sis,
Yes, we'll make it - I promise! You and I will not settle for anything less! It was sooooo wonderful to go through yesterday with you there with me. Your sister is sweet, too. I think youre lucky to have her with you all the way. She's a great support person! My appt with Dr. Lenke went well. He did a lot of measuring and then ordered another (2nd) MRI, this time of my lumbar spine whereas one yest morning was of thoracic spine. He wanted be sure to have the whole picture. I nearly died having to lay on that table for another 40 min but we made it. Finally got out of the hosp at 5:30 last night! It was a very long day!!! Have Central line tomorrow at 7:30, no breakfast in the morning - having Versed (sp?) for breakfast before Central line insertion. Geesh, not sure what that will be like. But, one day closer to getting this all behind me. I will be so relieved to have this at least done. Going to be an uphill battle, but I know I can conquer it. I have a wonderful family and lots of friends (sister!) with me the whole way. I can conquer anything with that for sure. And, besides I have an 8th grade graduationg coming up in May - I will not miss that for sure! My hubby (I think he's sweet too!) and I really like Dr. Lenke. He's very knowledgeable, very professional and had an answer for everything we asked. I'll be in ICU first night and I will have an ICU team at my beck and call just to watch me when I"m first done. He said I will probably sleep through most of that. Then, next day they will get me up.......lots of luck with that, last time when I had back surgery I passed out on them when they tried to get me up, but they were persistent and we finally conquered that. Persistent little things they are about getting you right up! Ha! I'll be glad when tomorrow is over with. One thing that will be behind me. I'll let you know all the UNsugar coated details. I got your PM's you sent me, but I don't know if you got my responses - oh the joys of modern technology and computers.
Anyways, I best get some shut eye - probably another long day tomorrow with central line, PFT and anesthesia.....Geesh! They keep me hopping around here.....never a dull moment. Please go through this with me all you want.... I welcome the thought of knowing you are beside me, Scoli Sis!!!!!
More later....

02-25-2010, 10:46 PM
Hey Radiogirl: Forgot to tell you. Dr. Lenke did explain to us that he's going to have to do a little more work when he gets in there because I am so stiff. He wants to be able to get as good a correction as possible and he said that's going to take a little more work. He tried to explain to us, but I didn't get much past "little more work" if you know what I mean? I guess when they did the push film on me the dr couldn't push quite as well a correction as he wanted - Geesh! Some things are just best left unsaid. But, Dr. Lenke said that's not surprising with such a large curve as mine, just takes a little more work. I told him while he was in there he might as well do it. I wasn't going to give him another chance... He smiled... He said not long ago mine would have been 2 surgeries, but since he's perfected the process he does it all posterior, just takes a little longer. Probably 8-10 hours roughly. Sounds like I'll get a good nap.

02-26-2010, 01:37 PM
You two sound down right excited--as well you should. It's so cool that you found each other on here and at appts. I know you both are going to do so well. Dr. Lenke has lots of practice--including 10 hours on me! Good luck. I'll be anxiously awaiting news on the other side. Janet

02-26-2010, 09:02 PM
Thanks Janet. Appreciate it very much! Laura and I are going to make it. We are ready (aren't we? Ha!) and going to tackle this head on. Bring it on. Just having it behind us will be a relief. They're wearing me out with all this preop stuff. Geesh! I think I'm done after the central line today, anesthesia appt and PFT. BP was a little elevated but took that after the central line insertion and all the back pain I was having was probably reason for that. And, all the running around we've done the past couple of days making all these appts. I'm sure they will monitor that pretty closely in the OR/recovery afterwards.

02-27-2010, 10:19 AM
How did the central line go?! I was kinda excited and waiting to read your gory post =) hehe good luck with your surgery sweetie..You have the right attitude and I am sure everything will go perfect! (:

02-27-2010, 04:51 PM
Hello Megz: Well, I have to say about the Central Line, I definitely know it's there. It's not real painful getting it inserted (don't freak Radiogirl), but it's just an uncomfortable thing all weekend long. It hurts when I move my right arm. Central line is just below my right clavicle. I had a somewhat hard time sleeping last night, couldn't sleep on my side, which is how I always sleep. But, I figure tonight and tomorrow night won't be very restful anyways as my surgery approaches on Monday. But, way I see it, now that the Central line is in, I'm that much closer to getting this all behind me! So, if that's what it takes, bring it on. (easy for me to say now probably! Ha!) I'm sure the Central line will be better than having a needle stuck in your arm for 7-10 days. And, I have to say, also, the dr that did my central line (don't recall his name) said he used to work for Dr. Lenke, but he couldn't keep up with him with all the hours, so now he does central lines. He had nothing but raving things to say about Dr. Lenke and literally answered any questions I had during the whole central line procedure. And, the shot to relax me before the central line and during made me real sleepy afterwards, came back to the hotel and took a nice long nap like a good little girl!!!! :)

02-27-2010, 06:15 PM
Hi Rita-

Just wanted to say good luck with your surgery on Monday! Keep us posted!! I was wondering about the central line that you had today. Is it normal to have it inserted 2 days before surgery? I haven't heard about it before. I thought you just go into the hospital the morning before surgery and that is it. Are you having something special done?

Anyway, best of luck to you! You are lucky, you are almost on the other side! I have to wait until June!

Take care,

02-27-2010, 07:49 PM
Thinking of you as your surgery day approaches...good luck and I know you will keep us posted as you come out of your dreamy state.....

02-27-2010, 09:05 PM
Mine was put in the Friday before my Monday surgery. It was sort of annoying since it showed above my clothes I had brought and I had to go to some things with relatives that live there. Should have brought a turtle neck. Forgot all about that until now. Oh, well it was no biggie and looked like I'd had something impressive done--no, that was still coming! Rita, on the sleeping I am one who can't sleep the night before big events at all so I was prepared to just rest and be awake all night. I think that's when that calm thing hit me--I actually slept! Janet

02-27-2010, 09:26 PM
Hey Janet,
Good to hear from you. I'm still waiting for that calm to hit. Haven't found that yet. yeah - Dr. Lenke said he always puts the line in Friday before surgery on Monday because Friday is when the professionals put it in and professionals they were! They never hurt me once! It's some uncomfortable now - but, really not bothering me too much. And, I actually took a nap on my side this afternoon for about 30 minutes so I think tonight I'll probably be able to roll over should I happen to sleep some - who knows.

Hey All,
Thanks for all the encouraging words. I appreciate it so much. I will be having my husband post as soon as he can after my surgery. Of course, I've given him a lengthy list of folks to call first so that will keep him busy for a while. Lots of friends! I appreciate you all thinking of me and I will be sooooooo glad to be on the "other side"!!!!!

02-28-2010, 01:02 AM
I will be thinking of you Rita, and have been thinking of you wondering how you're getting on. What exactly is a central line? I've never heard of it? Is it like a filter to prevent blood clotting?

02-28-2010, 08:18 AM
Just wanted to pop in and say thinking about you and Good luck tomorrow!! Will wait to hear from you on the other side. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


02-28-2010, 09:38 AM
Just wanted to say Good luck tomorrow and hope that all goes well .

Soon we will be hearing from you on the other side


02-28-2010, 09:40 AM
Rita, My thoughts are prayers are also with you. You've picked such a great surgeon - how can you not have a great outcome? Best wishes, Joy

02-28-2010, 12:50 PM
Thank you for your kind words and pm's. We all appreciate the support on either side! Lots of warm, soothing thoughts and prayers coming your way for tomorrow. Can't wait to hear from you from the other side. Stay positive! Janet

02-28-2010, 02:52 PM
Good luck tomorrow Rita...Ill be packing the car tomorrow and we're heading to St. Louis on Tuesday for some pre-op stuff with Dr. Bridwell. From everything we've heard and read about those surgeons out in St. Louis, you shouldnt worry about a thing!

02-28-2010, 04:02 PM
Thanks Mike. St. Louis docs rock!!!!! Everyone here has been so nice so far!!! These guys are professionals. There's nothing to worry about here!!! Dr. Lenke walks on water!!!!!!!

02-28-2010, 07:41 PM
This may help explain what a central line is along with a couple of other things that you may come across. You don't really feel the line in you as veins have no nerve endings, but may feel where it enters a bit when you move it may pull some. I had a PICC for 10 weeks, no biggy just a pain to shower as you need to keep the area dry. Though my PICC was inside, middle of my upper arm not in the crook.
Cannula a small tube inserted into a vein in your arm or the back of your hand.
Central line a thin, flexible tube inserted through the skin of the chest into a vein near the heart.
PICC line (a peripherally inserted central catheter) a thin flexible tube passed into a vein in the crook of the arm and threaded through until the end of the tube lies in a vein near the heart.
Implantable port (also called a portacath) a thin, soft plastic tube that is put into a vein. It has an opening (port) just under the skin on your chest or arm.

02-28-2010, 08:07 PM
Rita, I'll be sending up lots of little prayers for you all through this week.

You're in good hands, and the recovery time will pass. . .I just hit my 6 months mark. . .it doesn't seem possible. One year ago, I wasn't even considering this surgery.

Barnes is a well-oiled machine (I worked there, and was also a nursing student there, in the early '80's). . .eat healthy, sleep well, and walk, walk, walk. . .and all will be well.

02-28-2010, 08:51 PM
Thanks Mgs! This place is soooo huge!!!! I appreciate the encouraging thoughts and prayers!!!

02-28-2010, 11:05 PM
Sharshe - Thank you so much for the great explanation there about the central line and all the other lines!

Rita - I can't wait to hear all your wonderful news about how great you will feel once you're passed the surgery. I'm thinking of you and know that you will do great!