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ColdBricks
05-13-2011, 06:59 AM
Hi guys. Figured you might enjoy watching my latest update. I am going to be making a video every few weeks. Thanks!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w50gE0IGIXE

Lorz
05-13-2011, 09:42 AM
Thanks for the video, you look terrific! I hear you, about the caffeine. I plan on having a coffee IV drip to avoid the withdrawal headache! You mentioned buying a new chair. What did you find to be the most comfortable for you? Also, did they start giving you meds, right away, to try to prevent the awful abdominal pain/constipation? I am thinking I will smuggle my own stash, just in case!
You are right, this is the most extreme surgery a person could have, and look at you, 2 weeks post-op. Amazing!! Keep up the good work, keep chilling, reading, and enjoying the beautiful weather (and the drug induced euphoria!)

nanut
05-13-2011, 10:03 AM
Thanks so much for all of your communications! I am scheduled to have surgery on
July 12,2011 and it really helps me to have such "real time" information. I will certainly have my family watch the videos and read your posts prior to the big day. Best wishes for a continued positive progression.

Nan
Age 53
Thoracolumbar 53 degrees
Surgery date 7/12/2011
University of Utah Medical Center
Michael Daubs MD

ColdBricks
05-13-2011, 10:59 AM
Thanks for the video, you look terrific! I hear you, about the caffeine. I plan on having a coffee IV drip to avoid the withdrawal headache! You mentioned buying a new chair. What did you find to be the most comfortable for you? Also, did they start giving you meds, right away, to try to prevent the awful abdominal pain/constipation? I am thinking I will smuggle my own stash, just in case!
You are right, this is the most extreme surgery a person could have, and look at you, 2 weeks post-op. Amazing!! Keep up the good work, keep chilling, reading, and enjoying the beautiful weather (and the drug induced euphoria!)

As for the chair, I got a very nice office style on from OfficeMax with lumbar support and the mesh seats etc. It was a few hundred $s..but worth it. I almost bought a Herman Miller chair actually (I knew them from the record studios that often had them) but they are way too expensive ($600-800)...but worth it, yes...I think it is important to get a chair with good lumbar support. The new chair I have also has a headrest and mesh seats which are just great. They are made for long term sitting..great for us lol...though I do get up and walk a LOT..important..

As for the abdominal stuff, yeah they pretty much are going to give you tons of Senna and Colace, or something similar..it will work, but I am just warning you I was NOT prepared for the discomfort. I hit my belly and it sounded like a balloon. I was just so full of gas and stuff, it hurt! But it did go away.

Hope this helps!

littlebird
05-13-2011, 10:03 PM
Thank you for sharing. Your a very intelligent and handsome young man. I am so happy for you now that you have the body that you were intended to have. Enjoy

backissues
05-15-2011, 05:32 PM
Thanks for sharing your experiences.

At the hospital, I bought a dressing stick, a grabber, and a tool to help put on socks. Perhaps these would help with the dressing situation. At first, I was too tired to use the sock tool but, once I mastered it, I can put on socks almost as quickly as I did before. I still do not have permission to bend, twist, or lift heavy objects so I'll continue to use the tools.

Wishing you a continued smooth recovery!

JenniferG
05-15-2011, 06:37 PM
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to make your videos. These will be of great help to those facing surgery, particularly for kyphosis.

I'm very happy you're recovering so well. Keep up the good work!