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lray
11-02-2010, 12:44 PM
First of all, I wish to agaIn express my sincere gratitude to everyone here for all the information, experiences, humor and support. I know for a fact that I would not have had this life changing surgery without it!

I took a long look in the mirror by myself for the first time. There is no hump! Nothing, it's gone. I put on a bra for the first time and it goes straight across my back. I no longer have to wear an extender. I cried happy tears. Words cannot express it.

For the first time in 33 days, I took my first shower standing up and by myself. My husband was unsure but I convinced him I was ready.

And today for the first time in 33 days, I had a latte! I have not had any appetite, lost over 15 lbs, but did that latte taste good. My appetite is slowly returning.

Life is good again! Its going to be a beautiful day today, about 75 degrees, so I'm out for my walk. Hang in there please whoever is suffering any setbacks. There will be more good days than not!

Jacque's Mom
11-02-2010, 01:46 PM
So happy to hear such encouraging words..."life is good again". I wish you a full recovery. All the best, LYNN

KathK
11-02-2010, 01:46 PM
Ahhh, the magic of the latte...I am a fan myself :)

Congratulations on your new, even back! The first time I drove, I thought "wow, both sides of my back are touching the car seat". That was a first for me.

Glad that things are looking up for you! It's 46 degrees here, so I am jealous of your good walking weather. Soak up that sunshine and warmth for all of us. :)

Debra JGL
11-02-2010, 03:40 PM
Laurie, I'm so happy for you that you are up and about and enjoying the wonderful benefits of this surgery, and getting back your independence! I bet you look great! It sounds like you have a great, protective and caring husband too. I have a whole new appreciation for my husband after all he did. Enjoy that great weather!! It makes it alot easier to get out on those walks.

ShariMSU
11-02-2010, 06:49 PM
Laurie you sound great! Life is good!
You sound like your back is fantastic and I am so happy that it is straight. Clothes shopping is going to be so exciting. I still have a slight right wing on my back, but I am pretty pleased too.
I have my 6 month check with my surgeon tomorrow and I can say today I feel like I am really turning the corner. I can actually say I feel good. Still have a some to heal, but I now know confidently that by a year I should be feeling back to normal.
What a good feeling that we are on the other side and feeling good. I know how we were both contemplating surgery and look at us now!

So happy for you!
Shari

ADMoul
11-02-2010, 07:04 PM
What a great post--so happy for you! Isn't it amazing how little things (like getting a bra to fit normallly) can mean so much, you just want to bawl your eyes out?:) It will just keep getting better!

Doodles
11-02-2010, 08:26 PM
That's wonderful--congrats on such a great outcome! Janet

LisaB
11-02-2010, 08:52 PM
That's great, Laurie, that you're doing so well! I'm a big fan of lattes too and make one every morning! The bra fitting normally is big! I'm still trying on clothes I quit wearing or didn't wear because I didn't look right in them and now I do! Wow, I really wish I would have done this earlier. Anyway, keep up the excellent recovery!

jeneemohler
11-03-2010, 01:09 AM
Hooray!!!! I am so happy for you. Aaaahhh.....latte's. One of the luxuries of life. I hope I don't have to wait as long as you did for my first post-op latte....

I am constantly being reminded of how much we all share. Both sides of your back touching the seat???? Only a person with scoliosis would understand the significance of that! Keep up the great attitude. We are here with you. Hugs!!

Vali
11-03-2010, 08:04 AM
Ohh i know that feeling very well. The one of 'life is good again'. Wishing you best wishes on a continued good recovery.:)

naptown78
11-03-2010, 09:52 AM
First of all, I wish to agaIn express my sincere gratitude to everyone here for all the information, experiences, humor and support. I know for a fact that I would not have had this life changing surgery without it!

I took a long look in the mirror by myself for the first time. There is no hump! Nothing, it's gone. I put on a bra for the first time and it goes straight across my back. I no longer have to wear an extender. I cried happy tears. Words cannot express it.

For the first time in 33 days, I took my first shower standing up and by myself. My husband was unsure but I convinced him I was ready.

And today for the first time in 33 days, I had a latte! I have not had any appetite, lost over 15 lbs, but did that latte taste good. My appetite is slowly returning.

Life is good again! Its going to be a beautiful day today, about 75 degrees, so I'm out for my walk. Hang in there please whoever is suffering any setbacks. There will be more good days than not!


Laurie,
Congrats!!!!
Those "Life is Good" days are wonderful aren't they?
You made me realize for whatever reason, maybe I just never thought about it, I always had to use an extender on my bra too but didn't realize it was becaus of my scoliosis. I just thought I was fat, but I'm not! It was so frustrating to find a bra that fit. Well, now the bra fits better but I thought it was because I had lost so much weight! Lol!
Laurie, keep on walking and hope your good days keep on!

titaniumed
11-03-2010, 02:59 PM
Laurie

Sounds good. I cannot comment on the bra extender device, I have no idea....possibly a Madonna cone thingy? Thatís the only thing that comes to mind. LOL

Hope laughing doesnít hurt too much anymore...good for the abdominals.

I remember the day I realized that I had no pain at all. It was about 3 months out, a feeling that I totally forgot about. Having no pain took me a while to get used to, I just couldnít believe it. Your pain will see-saw with physical tests, and might have to sleep for a day or two, but you should constantly improve as time passes.

Take care, and take it easy. There is a lot of healing going on right now.
Ed

jrnyc
11-03-2010, 05:08 PM
congratulations, Laurie...you deserve the happiness! enjoy your new, straight spine!

ED...i sent you a private message with a little bra primer course...;)

when does ski season start..? isn't that what you do in winter, rather than scuba diving?

jess

foofer
11-03-2010, 10:54 PM
Fantastic, Laurie!
I was just sitting here realizing that when I sit, I unconsciously swivel both legs to the left edge of the chair and then cross my legs, and I think it's because then both sides of my back hit the chair...I'm constantly having to readjust and purposely sit forward straight and just ignore the back of the chair. Polly posture.
Happy for you!

titaniumed
11-04-2010, 12:07 AM
Jess,

Officially, ski season starts when there is snow. Tomorrow, it will be 78 degrees here, same temps as Florida.

Itís going to be a La Nina winter... With most skiers, that basically means that more alcohol is consumed while waiting for something to happen. Anxiety sets in, and we get jumpy. Its like waiting for surgery, only it happens every season.

My November ďbear trapsĒ that I had talked about are minimal this year. Iím very pleased about that. The acid test will be when the storms start passing through here.
Ed

golfnut
11-04-2010, 08:44 AM
Laurie,
Congratulations on a new straight back. I like reading posts like yours since I'm still waiting for my big day.

kennedy
11-04-2010, 03:16 PM
Laurie, I'm so happy for you that you are up and about and enjoying the wonderful benefits of this surgery, and getting back your independence! I bet you look great! It sounds like you have a great, protective and caring husband
plus even our surgeon at uc davis spine center is really fantasic