View Full Version : Greenthumb 3 Weeks Post Op

06-29-2010, 11:27 AM
Dr. Lenke did a fantastic job on my back. Meds really help with the pain. Dr. Lenke's nurse is constantly working with my sis to keep me pain free but not addicted. The narcotics keep me a little confused all the time. I feel like I can do more than I really can. Tried to show my sis my garden, almost passed out half. Thankfully no set backs in hospital. Had a few awesome nurses and a few nurses who should seek a new profession. My advice is to always have a family member or advocate there with you. Many of the nurses did not check my chart before coming to help me. Things have gotten a lot easier in the last two weeks. The two must have are a raised toiltet seat WITH HANDLES, a bedside handle to assist with sitting up with the log roll. Of course everyone comes home with a walker.

06-29-2010, 11:37 AM
HOORAY, Teresa and Dr. Lenke! Welcome back.

Great highlighted advice and thanks for filling us in. Folks have worried - not seriously, considering your doc, but - you know....

HEAL!! :)


06-29-2010, 11:46 AM
That's awesome, congratulations!!! When do you find out how much correction you got?

How do you get a handle on your bed?

As always, confused. :)


06-29-2010, 11:52 AM
It's really great to hear that things went well and your pain is being kept in check! Yes, the pain meds can be deceiving and make you think you can do more than you can, so please be careful.;)

06-29-2010, 01:36 PM
Teresa--It's wonderful to hear you are home and doing well. Take time to baby yourself & don't try to do too much. It's really early. Congrats! Janet

06-29-2010, 03:09 PM
I'm not sure the correction. I think I will find out at my first post op appt. To me the curves look like about 20 maybe...or less! It is a remarkable difference. As far as the handle for the bed we talked to the occupational therapist about our need for the raised toilet seat. She gave us a catalogue from Drive medical supply. We found what we wanted and then ordered it from Amazon.com. They arrived the day my husband got home from St. Louis. My husband had it all set up and ready to use when I walked in the door.

06-30-2010, 03:38 PM
That's great info., thanks!

Another question--how long did your husband stay in St. Louis? We are doing some tentative planning for possible surgery with Dr. Bridwell. I'm wondering how long my husband should plan to be off work?


06-30-2010, 07:40 PM
That's great info., thanks!

Another question--how long did your husband stay in St. Louis? We are doing some tentative planning for possible surgery with Dr. Bridwell. I'm wondering how long my husband should plan to be off work?

Must talk to you about this and other "weighting" in decision. Appreciated your helpful advice in other thread. Just returned from consult #4...

And NOW my sons are ready to do their FINAID for the year - only three months late. It would HAVE to be tonight! Deadline. "$150 isn't chump change for me" re son #1. "Don't stress me", re son $2.

And I had just invited my saintly volunteer driver out to a nice meal! *Sigh* Another trip - if he'll have me!

GRRRR. Out to Kinko's before my momentum wears off, to copy a lot of numerical gobbledegook. Such FUN awaits you folks who haven't yet had to wade through the FAFSA and the College "Profile"!

Question: Which is more enjoyable, scoliosis surgery or college financial aid applications? :p

Another question. What to make of it when you ask a surgeon's coordinator if he's looked at the new X-rays you just had done per his order, and she WHISTLES after saying fervently - "uh-HUH!" ? (Then can't explain what she means because of HIPAA!? ) :rolleyes: :eek:

06-30-2010, 07:43 PM
Sorry, Teresa. I'm really SO excited and relieved to finally hear from you and that things went well. :D

One step forward for one scoli patient, a giant step forward for "SCOLI-Kind"! ;)

06-30-2010, 07:44 PM
those "professionals" who make comments and whistle are no professionals at all!
for a doctor to say how severe something is ..that's acceptable to me...to hear crap from nurses...they should be trained in how not to scare patients!


06-30-2010, 08:27 PM
I'm glad you're doing so well. Dr. Lenke will be my surgeon, so naturally, I hope all of his patients are happy with him. Could you tell me what the bed handle is to help with the log roll?

06-30-2010, 08:51 PM
Awesome Teresa!! I am 3 weeks out Friday. Going swimming tomarrow for the first at time and cannot wait! Dr said my incision is healing well and my laying down xray post op showed about a 30 degree curve as compared to 70. Maybe it will be more accurate standing at my post op appt. My husband measured me. I don't think I can stand up all the way straight yet but only gained 1 in. I agree with you. for thr most part my hospital visit was for the birds. The nurses not believing the amount of pain you are in and so forth. I am a nurse and could never want or get away with the way I was treated. Good luck on your home recovery. It gets easier every day!

06-30-2010, 09:00 PM
hi Teresa
am also so glad that you're healing and doing well..but it's a shame about the nurses...they need more training in pain management!! and bedside manner, too!

hope you feel better every day...


07-01-2010, 05:36 PM
Hi Teresa
Good luck on your recovery, the first few weeks are the roughest but hopefully pretty soon you will notice a significant improvement in your pain and energy level. As a nurse myself, I wanted to put in a compliment for my nurses in Indy. I did not have one bad nurse or tech. They were all wonderful and caring. But I know there are always some bad apples and they do not belong in post surgical units!!!

07-02-2010, 09:35 AM
Teresa! YEA! I'm so happy to hear things went good for you! Just 13 weeks ago I was in that exact same hospital, with those exact same nurses!!! LaToya was the BEST!!! There were others that weren't! St Louis is beautiful this time of the year, too. Especially the area of Wash U and the hospital. Just know things will get better for you each and every day! Let me know if you have questions!

07-02-2010, 09:39 AM
Evelyn, I had surgery with Lenke on 3/31. I stayed the night before in the Parkway Hotel, attached to the hospital. My sister stayed there while I was in the hospital, then I returned there to the same hotel room after the hospital. I was in the hospital for 5 days, then at the Parkway for another 4 or 5 days. Hopefully your husband can stay with you the whole time. I split the time up between my 2 sisters. One stayed for the beginning 5 days and the other stayed for the rest of the time. There are many lovely restaurants and things to do within walking distance of the Parkway. Plus, the hotel has a fantastic shuttle service that will take you most anywhere for free..just tip the nice man! :) Good luck to you!

Debra JGL
07-06-2010, 04:52 PM
Teresa, I'm so glad to hear you're home and doing so well. Sorry it took so long for me to respond, but I've been at a baseball tournament with my son for the week and haven't had much chance to check in. I'm definately going to check out the bar handle by the bed. I have hard wood slats around my bed and it's a little hard to get out of now. Thanks too about the advice on having someone there with you. I hate to ask more of people, but I must admit the thought of being in the hospital in pain, on heavy meds, and alone is scary. Also, it sounds like you have a great helper in your sister as she's watching over your pain med. management, to keep you out of pain, but still active. Hopefully your're just watching the blooms in the garden, and you'll be back out there soon.