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jeneemohler
01-03-2011, 09:09 PM
Hi all!! I have been taking a meditation class through the local hospital for several years, and have made a wonderful friend of the instructor. I am a pretty upbeat and positive person, but I still get days when I worry or stress over making the right decision. With surgery being only a week away, I have been a little more preoccupied, and she has noticed it. She invited me to meet her today to work on it. I thought I would share what she had me visualize today.... (She knows I am most stressed about the permanence and lack of mobility.)

Have you ever watched ballerinas? They have such regal posture. It is erect, it is graceful, yet it is STRONG. They move in all these crazy positions, but they always keep their back straight and erect. As if they are in a stiff corset. She told me that will be ME!! A strong, regal, graceful woman; not a woman with limitations! What a great image instead of the one I sometimes have of being stiff and rigid. Same posture, just a totally different way of looking at it. When I try to load the dishwasher, I won't awkwardly lean over- I will PLIE'!!! Doesn't that bring to mind a much more elegant stance, rather than to stoop??? This simple change of perception on fusion has made a huge difference on how I look foward to my outcome. I hope this helps some of you with the same concerns. It makes me think of that song "I Hope You Dance". Soon I will be dancing around the house, too!!!!!

Doodles
01-03-2011, 09:44 PM
I think that is a great way to think of it! That should ease some other minds too. Thanks for sharing that and very best of luck to you! You're going in with a very good attitude! Janet

foofer
01-04-2011, 12:23 AM
Love it, Jenee'...You are going to do great. You are going to make women wish they had scoliosis, so they could get it fixed and look like you!

This reminds me a little of a conversation I had with my 28 yr old daughter who is part of a hip-hop dance co. I was lamenting about possible surgery- How in the world am I going to dance around the kitchen with a rod up my spine, no gyrating, no wild moves? She said, "Are you kidding? We'll make up such cool moves for you..."

Scoli kitchen fusion dancers...yes!

JenniferG
01-04-2011, 08:30 PM
I love your daughter, Amy!

Jenee, I believe you WILL have great posture. And there's absolutely no reason why you wouldn't be graceful with it. And you will love being a bit taller, which will go nicely with your new, graceful, great posture!

titaniumed
01-04-2011, 09:08 PM
Jenee

Dancing around the house? How about skiing? you betcha!

Here is a video from last Saturday. Thatís me in the red jacket!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEypv3Vz8o&feature=email

Ed

jeneemohler
01-04-2011, 11:04 PM
Thanks, guys!!

So Ed, I've been trying to visualize skiing in my head. With fusion to S1, will I experience that upper/lower body separation again? I can't imagine that wonderful feeling of my lower body swinging like a pendulum beneath my quiet upper body...

jeneemohler
01-04-2011, 11:09 PM
And Amy...should we hit the road with our show?? I love the sound of "Scoli fusion kitchen dancers". Maybe a new career direction????? I think I'm going to be in the market... ;)

titaniumed
01-05-2011, 08:58 AM
Jenee

At first, in your recovery, things are stiff. Things seem impossible but in time you will see what is possible! The hardest part of skiing is putting the boots on.

You cannot tell Iím fused. I figured I would make this video to show you what its like.

Being fused all the way down is not what most people think. I do have quite a bit of mobility!

You know that turns in skiing are exerted by edging and weight transfer through your boots. I used to ski in a full brace years ago which didnít allow any movement in my torso, and had no issues at all.

I think if anyone who is used to wearing a full brace, will have an idea what its like to be fully fused. Remember those days?
There is much more mobility in being fused than in wearing a brace...due to other soft tissues.

Maybe I will make another video with my full range of motion....it will surprise many people.

Ed

foofer
01-05-2011, 09:15 AM
Nice video, Ed!

A ROM video would be timely....I think Jess from NYC needs it. :)

Scoli Fusion Ski Team?!

Dancing, skiing....anything to keep moving and loving life.

Amanda posted this on Facebook:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc4HGQHgeFE

jrnyc
01-05-2011, 09:18 AM
thanks for the ski video, Ed

now dancing..that'd be cool to see!

jess

mbeckoff
01-05-2011, 10:17 AM
Hi all!! I have been taking a meditation class through the local hospital for several years, and have made a wonderful friend of the instructor. I am a pretty upbeat and positive person, but I still get days when I worry or stress over making the right decision. With surgery being only a week away, I have been a little more preoccupied, and she has noticed it. She invited me to meet her today to work on it. I thought I would share what she had me visualize today.... (She knows I am most stressed about the permanence and lack of mobility.)

Have you ever watched ballerinas? They have such regal posture. It is erect, it is graceful, yet it is STRONG. They move in all these crazy positions, but they always keep their back straight and erect. As if they are in a stiff corset. She told me that will be ME!! A strong, regal, graceful woman; not a woman with limitations! What a great image instead of the one I sometimes have of being stiff and rigid. Same posture, just a totally different way of looking at it. When I try to load the dishwasher, I won't awkwardly lean over- I will PLIE'!!! Doesn't that bring to mind a much more elegant stance, rather than to stoop??? This simple change of perception on fusion has made a huge difference on how I look foward to my outcome. I hope this helps some of you with the same concerns. It makes me think of that song "I Hope You Dance". Soon I will be dancing around the house, too!!!!!

What a great way to look at !

Melissa

Confusedmom
01-06-2011, 01:48 PM
Thanks for the video, Ed! I have to say I was afraid your friend with a camera was going to hit a tree, though!!! :eek:

Evelyn

titaniumed
01-06-2011, 08:13 PM
Evelyn

Oh no, he wouldnít do that! Sonny Bono was skiing on painkillers BTW, and on old settled thick snow. Not good.

I just wanted to show whatís possible with a full fusion. Maybe it will install hope for future fusion patients. I always feel better with exercise!!!!! Before being fused, and after.

Ed

JenniferG
01-06-2011, 08:48 PM
Thanks Ed! A great clip!