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djkinkead
09-11-2011, 03:08 PM
Hello,

Being in an out of pain medications is a weird state of mind. Anyway, while I still had two active brain cells going, I moved over the image of my "before" surgery image and placed next to it, the "after" image.

You can see it on my website:

http://www.valley-designs.com/myspine

I gained at least two inches--so I am pleased.

Hey, how long do you stay on the pain medication? This Tuesday will be my three week point. I could start taking some tylenol or something. Probably should talk to Dr's office about it.

That's about all I have to say today.

Once again, thank you for everyone's advice through all this.

djkinkead
09-11-2011, 03:09 PM
I'll fix my website later...got a new laptop and am missing some of my html tools.

Susie*Bee
09-11-2011, 03:22 PM
Well, your "before" x-ray is always impressive to look at! Can't wait to see the "after"!!! :) You must be thrilled. :D

People stay on pain meds for varying amounts of time, depending on how long they need it. Some of us have pain longer than others. I was on pain meds for 5 months. I always thought my pain thresh-hold was high, but this did me in. I think it depends on so many facets. Best wishes. :)

Mojo's Mom
09-11-2011, 10:17 PM
Holy smokes! Your "before" is impressive, and I too am anxious to see your "after". You give me hope and inspiration!

djkinkead
09-12-2011, 07:34 AM
Silly new computers.

You will notice that my "after shot" doesn't have millions of scews embedded into my spine. Apparently my spine had already fused in certain places and the surgeon decided not to "break" the fused bone and work with what mom nature had done.

I will be meeting with the PA near the end of September--I should get an official "straightened" percentage then.

Either way, thanks be to God's hand, I am on the mend.

I am two inches taller so it seems weird to look at my toroso and see more "body"...in short, as the surgeon said, "I have a waist". Wow.

We have had five full days of rain. Looking forward to going outside for a short walk as opposed as to my indoor walking track around the house.

Thanks for the answers on the meds.

Oh by the way, another pricy item on my road to recovery: a different car. My little VW Jetta wagon with it's manual controls is not going to do the trick for avoiding "BLT" No Bending, Lifting or Twisting.

Sigh.

loves to skate
09-12-2011, 10:12 AM
You must be excited about having a waist. I know I would be. I couldn't even think of working on a computer so soon after my surgery. I couldn't even figure out my cell phone which was at least a year old at the time. Haha!
For some reason, I still cannot see your after xrays.
Sally

djkinkead
09-12-2011, 11:11 AM
Forgot my password....good grief. Will get this fixed someway or another today.

Where did my braincells go?

Only worked one hour today...its just too hard to sit....really starts the back hurting.

golfnut
09-12-2011, 01:26 PM
That was quite a curve you had. I am anxious to see your "after" pictures. I still can't believe the torso I see in the mirror is mine. I no longer look for tops that go on the outside when shopping. Everyone is different when itbcomes to th pain meds. After I blacked out atbabout 4 weeks, I called the doctor's office to see if I could cut back on the meds. I started feeling better when I was only taking Tylenol for the pain. Good luck with your recovery. You sound great!

djkinkead
09-12-2011, 03:49 PM
Okay, now I can show and brag.

Can't state the difference in the percentages, but the picture says a lot.

My apppointment with surgeon is at the end of the month. Maybe they will take better pics.

Sorry for all the false announcements of new pics....they are relly there now! :-)

loves to skate
09-12-2011, 09:39 PM
Wow, your pelvis was so twisted in the before and so straight in the after. You have every right to brag. Thanks for posting for everyone to see the difference. Your brain cells will return in time. The body trumps the brain when it comes to healing and of course, the drugs don't help the brain too much. Haha! Take care and get plenty of rest.
Sally

BendyBill
09-13-2011, 02:28 AM
Still can't see the after photo. I'm clicking on the link and it just seems to be the 2 before photos... I think, perhaps, I'm the one lacking the brain cells :)

jrnyc
09-13-2011, 02:58 AM
i cannot see the "after" pix either, Bill
don't know what anyone is looking at...
??

jess

Elisa
09-13-2011, 12:01 PM
WOW, what a big difference! Amazing.
Yes, refresh your browser to see the 'after' pic. :cool:

lray
09-13-2011, 12:09 PM
Wow, you must be so pleased with the results! Take care and take your time with the recovery.

I know what you mean about having to make the pricey purchase of another car after this kind of surgery. I had to trade in my 2 door sports car for a crossover. I love my new wheels but I sure miss my little car!

judyat60
09-13-2011, 01:27 PM
oy--in anticipation of my surgery in mid-october, i have been taking my usual 'minimal' approach…no new bed, wait and see etc. BUT I hadn't considered my car…a perky convertable SAAB with manual transmission that was my post-children-out-of-the-house-get-rid-of-the-Mom-van gift to myself. So…we won't be able to drive a stick shift? I don't know if I remember how to drive an automatice (ha ha)
Judy

JenniferG
09-13-2011, 04:26 PM
Wow, your spine was really trying to tie itself into knots, wasn't it? What an amazing correction. I hope you're doing well.

jrnyc
09-13-2011, 06:00 PM
you were all right...i refreshed and there it was...
a beautiful straightened spine!
congratulations to you...and your surgeon!

i don't know what the IRS will say,
but i believe your new car is a medical expense, necessitated by the surgery...
so....i would declare it on my income tax, as part of my medical expenditures
connected to the surgery!

you might need a lawyer for that....
but i will swear under oath that it is the truth...and so will all your fellow scoli-s!

jess

BendyBill
09-13-2011, 06:26 PM
Thanks for the refresh tip. Your spine looks great!! x

Susie*Bee
09-13-2011, 06:52 PM
Wow-- your surgeon really got a great correction. You must feel elated! Glad that you were able to get the "after" x-ray posted. I know I said earlier that I was on meds for over 5 months (and I really needed them!) -- but I just today had to have a basal cell skin cancer lesion removed from above my lip and part of my lip, and the doctor had me stop my arthritis medicine 8 days ahead of time. By day 6 I was suffering... and in fact I had a rather sleepless night last night due to hip and lower back pain from my arthritis. Since my scoli surgeon had me not take my arthritis med both before my surgery and then for 6 months after my surgery, it could well be that was a main contributor to my needing pain meds for so long. Then again, who knows, but I thought I'd mention it. A lot of my pain after the initial recovery may have just been due to my arthritis.

djkinkead
09-13-2011, 07:05 PM
Yes, I think Dr. Edwards did a great job--especially when the earthquake happened in the middle of the whole procedure.

My VW Jetta wagon is up for sale and we'll be going to a Venza--funny, since I couldn't drive due to pain drugs, I couldn't test drive the car myself. Hope I like it when I do! :-)

I have been trying to do some "at home" telework and using the corset brace the surgeon said to purchase (it's not one of those custom jobs, it's just a theoristic (sp?) brace, so I used it for the short times I tried to work on the computer. I did two half hour stints, ate some lunch, took pain meds and then fell a sleep for three hours.

Oh well, life is a adventure.

Thank you for everyone for your encouraging remarks on the spine. Dr. Edwards said in about 2-3 years the big screws in the hips might start to cause some pain, but he said they can then be removed--it's only a ten minute procedure, so we'll look at that then.

I will state this to all of you who have already done the surgery: it was your words "everyday it will get better" that got me through this.

Thank you!

peachrush7
09-13-2011, 09:46 PM
WOW!!! I am sooooo thankful for these amazing surgeons! What an amazing transformation!

Hope you are feeling better and better every day!

Mojo's Mom
09-13-2011, 09:51 PM
I actually bought a minivan last year, largely in anticipation of my surgery...and also for toting around my 4 year old granddaughter, who will have to manage without Nana for a little while next Spring.

Doreen1
09-14-2011, 07:41 AM
i don't know what the IRS will say,
but i believe your new car is a medical expense, necessitated by the surgery...
so....i would declare it on my income tax, as part of my medical expenditures
connected to the surgery!

you might need a lawyer for that....
but i will swear under oath that it is the truth...and so will all your fellow scoli-s!

jess

That would be a blessing because we, indeed, not only traded in the Accord for a Pilot because it was too painful for me to lower down into the Accord, but we also bought a new bed. I'll be sure to include my receipts for these items to send to my tax guy.

Warmly,
Doreen

paula
09-14-2011, 05:43 PM
I had my surgery on June 7, and I just recently quit taking pain meds. However, I had been taking only one or two Norphens a day for the last 6 weeks or so. I found that they didn't make me mentally fuzzy at those levels. Well, at least I didn't think they did. I found that Tylenol didn't really seem to do much of anything, so I went ahead and stayed on the Norphen when needed. I didn't have much problem with cutting back. I have the Rosetta Stone language program to learn Spanish while I'm laid up recovering, and I had to repeat the part that I did during the first 4 weeks when I was taking pain meds regularly, but I've been able to retain the parts that I've studied since then. :)

I'm also very excited about my waist. I gained two inches also, and dropped two dress sizes. I lost about 8 pounds due to the surgery, and am trying to keep those off, but the major reason I lost the dress sizes is that I have a waist again. It's really exciting to go through the closet bit by bit and get rid of the old pants. I can still wear some old tops and dresses, but will have to alter others, or get new ones. (So sad)

I have a Prius and have to be a little careful when I get in, but otherwise it will be fine. I was just cleared to drive today.

lray
09-16-2011, 01:42 PM
i don't know what the IRS will say,
but i believe your new car is a medical expense, necessitated by the surgery...
so....i would declare it on my income tax, as part of my medical expenditures
connected to the surgery!

you might need a lawyer for that....
but i will swear under oath that it is the truth...and so will all your fellow scoli-s!

jess

Wow, if I knew for sure that the IRS would consider my new car a necessary medical expense, I would be elated! That sure would be a nice perk after having this surgery. Any tax experts on the forum?

djkinkead
09-16-2011, 06:23 PM
Regarding the bed--if you need to buy one anyway (ours was 19 years old), strongly consider buying one of the Sleep number beds--we bought the king size one that has separate platforms--so either side can independently lower and raise either side.....it has been one of the best things we did in preparing for this surgery.

I wasn't sure which "model" to go with and wasn't sure how much memory foam to go with, so we went with 1.5 inches of foam (the total for the whole bed was around $4500)....and I added a couple inches of foam later on just to make my side a bit softer.

My two cents on a definate "best practice".

BendyBill
09-16-2011, 07:08 PM
$4500?! Ahhhhhh!!!!

jrnyc
09-16-2011, 08:07 PM
i was kidding about the car....
it would be helpful to hear from a tax expert about it, though....

i haven't gotten a memory foam because a friend who got one
told me that her bed started to take on her shape after about a
year and a half...and it seems to be staying that way....she's
not too happy about it....

jess

djkinkead
09-18-2011, 04:21 PM
I think you would have to have an official "prescription" from a doctor for something to even consider using it for a tax write-off. Dang, I don't think I'd be able to get the good doctor to write one for a new "car", although it does have seats that are the perfect height, the rear hatch opens and closes with a push of a button on the fob and, although I might have been in drug-land, I think the back seats also fold down with a touch of a button.

As the PT says: NO BLT - Bending, Lifting or Twisting.

We had a waterbed--which I guess was a definate "no no" for the spinal surgery...but probably still not good enough for the tax gatherers for our great nation.

:-)

titaniumed
09-18-2011, 06:22 PM
http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc502.html

A deduction is allowed only for expenses primarily paid for the prevention or alleviation of a physical or mental defect or illness. Medical care expenses include payments for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or treatment affecting any structure or function of the body. These expenses include payments for legal medical services rendered by any medical practitioner and the cost of equipment, supplies, and diagnostic devices used for medical care purposes.
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Remember, this is after 7.5% of your gross. Gross 50K and the deductions start after your medical bills exceed $3750.00

Best to chat with an accountant. I had a doctor specify that I needed a spa years ago and I wrote off $7500.00

I’m sure a bed would be fine. Best to have that doctors note for IRS.

A car is not used for the prevention or alleviation of a physical illness. (An RV with a spa might work! LOL)

DJ
You had quite a curve and a nice correction....Soon things will improve, you take it slow ok?

I’m on the road posting from my RV. I visited with our Bendies, from Bend, Ore. Susan and Jenee.....both are fine.
Currently in the Portland, Oregon area
Ed

jrnyc
09-18-2011, 07:32 PM
transportation to and from specialists is tax deductible, per
my tax accountant...
and when one flies to see a specialist, the bills can mount up...
also, going to a pain management guy every month can add up, too....

jess