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golfnut
01-05-2012, 05:21 PM
I can't believe it has been a year since my surgery with Dr. Lenke. While recovery wasn't easy, I was fortunate enough to have had no major setbacks and never once regretted having the surgery. Without the advice and support from the knowledgeable and caring people from this forum, I most likely would have not been able to go through with it. I was seldom in pain prior to surgery, but feel that the surgery has increased my odds for a continuing a physically active life. I also am thrilled with my straight back with no rib hump and my excellent posture. I am amazed at the number of compliments that I continue to receive about my new appearance and have been told that I look years younger. Apparently, the loose fitting clothes didn't hide anything as much as I had hoped!

My husband is taking me to dinner tonight to mark the occasion. I'm sure he'll never forget the stress he went through during my 10 hour surgery and the months to follow of taking care of me, so I will have a toast to him.

I still have occasional aches and tightness through my back, but hope that it is normal. Now, I just pray that Dr. Lenke will give me a good report after he sees my x-rays on the 18th. If that is the case, which I expect(hope) it to be, I will have a major celebration with lobster tail, champagne, etc.
Thanks, again, to all of you wonderful people from this forum!

Spring72
01-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Congratulations Karen! Bring on the champagne ;) I'm so glad you have had a good experience, gives me hope for my own recovery...I am closer to you now, I am in St.Louis!

timetofaceit
01-05-2012, 07:14 PM
Congrats, Karen!!! Your testimonial tonight was just the encouragement I needed. A gift from the Lord! Today I've been struggling with wondering how in the world I'll get thru the recovery phase and your note is a reminder that, first, God is still faithful, and secondly, people do come thru this. Thanks for posting!

Spring, I've been praying for you as you have surgery Monday. My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10. Would appreciate people's prayers for the surgical team --- pray that they will be on their "A" game!!

golfnut
01-05-2012, 08:34 PM
Spring and Timetofaceit,
You will do just fine. I will be sending positive thoughts and prayers for both of you. Many "on the other side" told me prior to my surgery that the recovery was easier than all of the worrying and stress that we tend to have before surgery. They were absolutely right. I imagined pain beyond belief and just didn't have anything close to it. Granted, you will have aches and I had stomach pain, but, nothing close to what I had expected. Maybe, I was just lucky. Good luck, girls!

JenniferG
01-05-2012, 08:50 PM
Congratulations Karen! That year seems to have gone so fast. And what an amazing year it's been for you! I think a toast to your husband is an excellent idea.

Confusedmom
01-06-2012, 03:29 AM
Woo-hoo! Let us know how the 18th goes!!! Happy for you.

:),
Evelyn

Doodles
01-06-2012, 08:34 AM
Karen--
Congrats! You have done so well! Best wishes for year 2 and beyond being just as good. Good luck to those who are gearing up for their own this month and in 2012! Janet

loves to skate
01-06-2012, 02:29 PM
Karen,
Congratulations on your one year post-op anniversary. In another year you will be even better. A good report on the 18th should also include getting out those golf clubs for sure.
My best, Sally

mabeckoff
01-06-2012, 04:05 PM
Glad for you that things have gone so well . Congratulations on the one year anniversary.

TwinmomTN
01-06-2012, 06:11 PM
Karen,

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! You have been so extremely helpful to me and many on this forum with your knowledge and experience. I hope
you get the best possible report from Dr. Lenke and wish you just as smooth and uneventful recovery for the 2nd year. You are an inspiration to me and many others here I'm sure. Please keep us updated on your report on the 18th.

Pam

titaniumed
01-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Karen

One year is a milestone....a date we just cannot forget. I’m sure you will get the green light on the 18th.

I started skiing again in April 2009 out at Park City. 14 months post.
http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?8698-finally-some-skiing&highlight=

Let me know when you are ready for the NSF downhill ski team....He he

Ed

jeneemohler
01-06-2012, 09:37 PM
Ah...girlfriend....we MADE IT! You were so helpful to me while recovering. It was so nice to have someone know exactly where I was and what I was feeling. I am so happy for you, and that you made it with no complications or regrets. When you raise that glass of champagne, remember I am sending a toast to you BOTH!! Here's to many years ahead without progression!

golfnut
01-06-2012, 10:59 PM
Oh, you guys are so sweet. I got emotional tonight reading all of your posts. Thanks so much! I'll add a post to this thread after I see Dr. Lenke on the 18th. Hopefully, I can soon include a picture or video of me swinging a golf club!

SpineTime
01-07-2012, 04:00 AM
Congratulations, Karen!

Your posts are always a joy to read. You've been helpful to so many of us who haven't had surgery yet. May you continue to have a smooth recovery, and enjoy getting back to golf!

kennedy
01-07-2012, 06:14 AM
Congratulations Karen! that a great milestone

djkinkead
01-07-2012, 08:02 PM
Congrats Karen! You are absolutely right--this forum has been a God-send in supporting each other. You've been great for those of us who went to surgery after you.

Enjoy the lobster and champaign!!!

backissues
01-09-2012, 01:49 PM
Congratulations on your one-year anniversary!! It wasn't easy but you did it!!

You have been an inspiration to me as we were going through the recovery year together. I guess some of my competitive spirit kept me walking further and further, as you were walking further and further.

Here's a toast to you and your husband! I know how important having a loving care-giver is. Here's to a great second year of recovery. I can't wait to see you swing a golf club again (in a video) and I know you will.

I look forward to Dr. Lenke's excellent report. Will you have a CT scan at the visit to check for fusion, or is there any way that he checks for fusion?

Regards, Irene

golfnut
01-09-2012, 03:20 PM
Irene,
I think we all have a bond on this forum because of our scoliosis, but I feel a special relationship with those who had surgery at approximately the same time as I did. Although most of us have never met, I talk to my friends and family about my "forum friends".
Dr. Lenke's nurse told me that they will x-ray on the 18th but that they won't do a CT scan. She also said that the CT scan is the only way to know if you are fused and that they just assume that you are fused after a year. I sure wish there was more of a guarantee so that I would feel better about attempting to play golf in a month in FL. I didn't see any of the vertical squiggly lines on the x-rays at 6 months and keep hoping and praying that they'll be there this time. Do the white squiggly lines indicate bone growth, but not necessarily fusion?
Best of luck to you, as well, with your second year of recovery. Let's keep in touch.

mabeckoff
01-09-2012, 03:53 PM
Irene,
I think we all have a bond on this forum because of our scoliosis, but I feel a special relationship with those who had surgery at approximately the same time as I did. Although most of us have never met, I talk to my friends and family about my "forum friends".
Dr. Lenke's nurse told me that they will x-ray on the 18th but that they won't do a CT scan. She also said that the CT scan is the only way to know if you are fused and that they just assume that you are fused after a year. I sure wish there was more of a guarantee so that I would feel better about attempting to play golf in a month in FL. I didn't see any of the vertical squiggly lines on the x-rays at 6 months and keep hoping and praying that they'll be there this time. Do the white squiggly lines indicate bone growth, but not necessarily fusion?
Best of luck to you, as well, with your second year of recovery. Let's keep in touch.

Dr Bederman says that the squiggly lines are fusion.

Good Luck

golfnut
01-18-2012, 05:46 PM
Hi, Forum Friends,
Dr. Lenke thought my back and x-rays looked good, so I will now plan the celebration. Thanks, again, to all of you for your huge support during the past two years answering all of my presurgery questions during my 13 month wait, as well as my post surgery ones.

Now, I want to start working on my golf game. I went to the park across the street from our house one hour after getting home. I'm not too anxious! Ha! Some hits were decent, but I also had some horrible shanks!!!! Any golfer reading this knows that the shank is the most dreaded hit in golf. I am going to have to give myself a break and have some patience trying to learn to play decent golf, again. I'll try to make it to some heated driving ranges in St. Louis before heading to Florida with my husband at the end of February.

While waiting in Dr. Lenke's office, I saw several people who obviously were in a lot of pain because of their scoliosis. I saw one man who was so bent over that he could hardly see where he was walking. Hopefully, Dr. Lenke will be able to give these people a life. I didn't know until today that part of my crooked spine had fused, which is probably why five osteotomies were needed. I wanted to give Dr. Lenke a big kiss today, but refrained, and gave him a hug instead. It's so nice to be "on the other side"- especially a whole year on the other side. Let's see . . . champagne, cosmos, lobster tail . . . .bring it on!

If anyone is waiting for surgery and has questions they'd like to ask me, feel free to email me at pottoff@htc.net. I certainly don't have all the answers, but would be happy to help in any way that I can.

walkingmom
01-18-2012, 05:56 PM
Hi Karen,
Just wanted to send a big Hurray! to you for receiving an excellent report. It must be so exciting to get the go ahead to return to your beloved golf game. How wonderful to be able to return to a sense of normalcy. Congrats again!
Donna

TwinmomTN
01-18-2012, 05:58 PM
Congratulations to you Karen! I have been anxiously waiting your post today for results on your visit. That is wonderful news.

JenniferG
01-18-2012, 06:40 PM
That's as good as it gets Karen! Congratulations! It hardly seems a year since you were agonising over ever playing golf again. You must be over the moon.

mabeckoff
01-18-2012, 11:38 PM
Glad to hear that all is well. Have fun relearning how to play golf

LSKOCH5
01-19-2012, 05:07 AM
Congratulations on a great report! Shanks or not, had to feel just wonderful to pick up a club again. You'll be back in no time, I'm sure. And thank you so much for your care & concern during Jacob's journey. Helps so much to communicate w people who have been through it, ESP those who have had such a positive experience. What area of FL do you plan to visit?

KathK
01-19-2012, 08:02 AM
Karen,

Have a smile on my face (and in my heart) just picturing you in that park swinging those clubs! Excellent, excellent news! Also, loving the mental picture I have of you giving Dr. Lenke a big hug!! These top surgeons are truly amazing people!

Kathy

titaniumed
01-19-2012, 08:02 PM
Hi Karen

Hey, great news!

Try not to go too crazy at the driving range......ease into it. Your “golfing” soft tissues will need to be coaxed slowly. Push too hard, and you will awaken them.

Its like a hot sports car. You don’t “twitch it” until you have been around the block a few times.(smiley face)

Ed

golfnut
01-19-2012, 08:34 PM
Thanks for your nice replies. Also, Ed, I need to not push myself too hard. I appreciate the advice.
I hope your neck is improving.

titaniumed
01-19-2012, 09:20 PM
The neck is ok. The mechanical bull proves that. LOL (Rox’s thread)
I’m wondering if I should send that pic to my surgeon? Hmmm......hey, we all need a good laugh sometimes.

Ed

Doodles
01-20-2012, 12:18 PM
Karen--
I'm so happy for you and your great 1 year anniversary. So glad you are able to start returning to your passion--golf! Best wishes for your second year. Janet

loves to skate
01-20-2012, 08:45 PM
Yay Karen. I am so happy for you.
Sally

Confusedmom
01-20-2012, 09:46 PM
Karen,

That's just the news I wanted to hear! Does this mean you are fully fused--or can they tell without a CT scan?

Anyway, appreciate the positive post and will be keeping you in the back of my mind when I go to St. Louis next month for pre-op.

Cheers,
Evelyn

golfnut
01-21-2012, 02:28 PM
I don't think they can tell if you are fully fused from looking at an X-ray. I asked if I should wait to play golf and Dr. Lenke said that there I nothing that I could do that would effect the fusion, so I guess I will hit and hope for the best.

backissues
01-26-2012, 09:15 AM
Sounds like a great report!! Congratulations!

I can just picture you coming home and trying out your golf swing. I know it isn't easy but take it slow getting back into the game. You've come so far.

I didn't realize about the swiggles on the x-rays. No one told me about that. I am scheduled for a CT scan March 15 when I visit Dr. Rand. It would be nice to do without more radiation, but it would be good to know more about the fusion. I've followed his advice up to now.

Enjoy your trip to Florida and getting back to golf!!

Irene

Nitram
02-12-2012, 08:50 PM
Hi Karen, how is the golf game going? I'm coming up on 2 years since my surgery now and golfing whenever I can find the time. It took me quite a bit of time to feel confident to really swing the club, but at this point I hardly think about it. I went to Florida with my wife last week and played 3 out of 4 days we were there and had no issues at all. Give yourself some time and all will be fine. I'll be curious to hear how your game is once you get back into the swing of things (pun intended).

Rich


I don't think they can tell if you are fully fused from looking at an X-ray. I asked if I should wait to play golf and Dr. Lenke said that there I nothing that I could do that would effect the fusion, so I guess I will hit and hope for the best.

golfnut
02-13-2012, 08:10 AM
Hi, Rich,
I have thought about you since I've started taking some swings and wondered how your golf game was last season. I remembered that you didn't feel like you had lost any yardage the first time out even. For the past 3 weeks, I've been hitting a few balls when it's above 40 degrees, and after the first day, which was horrendous, I'm pretty happy about it. I know I'm not hitting the ball nearly as far, but that's to be expected since I'm swinging easy and not getting the club head speed that I normally would have. I'm taking a demo RocketBallz Taylormade 3 wood and driver to FL next week to try out. We're going to be there 2-3 weeks and will start out at a par 3 or executive course to see how it goes. I hit around 60 balls at a heated driving range last week and much to my surprise, my back felt fine later that evening and the next day. I had planned to stop after 40 balls, but got carried away. Thanks for asking.

Doodles
02-13-2012, 10:51 AM
Karen--
I'm so happy for you! That sounds like it will be a terrific time for you to get back to your passion. Have a wonderful time. Janet

djkinkead
02-13-2012, 08:40 PM
COngratulations Karen--it's always great to see those who are ahead of us and have gone their triumphantly!

Best wishes for another great year!

golfnut
02-13-2012, 09:03 PM
Thanks, Janet, and dkjkinkead! You may be the only one on this forum who had spinal fusion surgery during an earthquake! I see that you have your 6 month anniversary soon. Improvements come so gradually that I could never pin point when exactly I noticed them, but I know that it happens.

Nitram
02-13-2012, 09:52 PM
Your distance will definitely improve the more you play. At this point the only club that I don't hit as far is my driver...granted I've never been a big hitter anyway but I don't seem to be able to get the snap on it I once could. I hit my irons all the same distance as pre-surgery. It's gonna get easier and easier over time, just be patient and you'll be back in the groove in no time.

Let me know how you like the RocketBallz 3 wood, that looks sweet!!

Rich



Hi, Rich,
I have thought about you since I've started taking some swings and wondered how your golf game was last season. I remembered that you didn't feel like you had lost any yardage the first time out even. For the past 3 weeks, I've been hitting a few balls when it's above 40 degrees, and after the first day, which was horrendous, I'm pretty happy about it. I know I'm not hitting the ball nearly as far, but that's to be expected since I'm swinging easy and not getting the club head speed that I normally would have. I'm taking a demo RocketBallz Taylormade 3 wood and driver to FL next week to try out. We're going to be there 2-3 weeks and will start out at a par 3 or executive course to see how it goes. I hit around 60 balls at a heated driving range last week and much to my surprise, my back felt fine later that evening and the next day. I had planned to stop after 40 balls, but got carried away. Thanks for asking.

golfnut
02-25-2012, 03:41 PM
I had planned to leave on Feb. 18 for Bradenton, Florida for a 2 week vacation with my husband and two schnauzers. I had a horrible ordeal with the flu on Valentine's Day and blacked out and hit my head on the tub. Other than a bump on my head, I quickly recovered. John got the flu on the 17th and ended up in the hospital as an outpatient to get an IV of fluids five days later. Just when we thought we could leave, my dad went to the hospital. John and dad were both doing well, so we started driving on the 24th. Today, our 14 year old schnauzer has been lethargic and wontvtake more than a couple of steps. We found a vet in Alabama who couldn't find anything wrong and recommended blood work and an ultrasound on Sunday if she isn't better. If anything is seriosly wrong with her, we will probably turn around and go back home. I had hoped to post a golfing picture by now and be walking on the sandy beaches. I also have a rash on my abdomen that looks like shingles. This could be humorous if I wasn't so worried about my dog.

JenniferG
02-25-2012, 03:55 PM
See a doctor quickly Karen, to get that rash checked. If it's Shingles, and you get it treated quickly enough, it can be stopped in its tracks. If not, it can go on for weeks, months even. Stress plays a part in Shingles, so, given what you've been through, I would not be surprised if it's Shingles.

I'm so sorry to hear what a rough time you've been having, now your beloved dog. I hope everything improves quickly.

mabeckoff
02-25-2012, 11:39 PM
I hope that everything works out for you and I hope your dog feels better

loves to skate
02-26-2012, 09:15 PM
Oh Karen, I am so sorry for all the sickness and your poor little dog. I hope he is better by now and your rash is better also and you are back on your way to Florida.
Sally

mabeckoff
02-26-2012, 09:17 PM
Hope things are looking up for you and your poor doggie!

golfnut
02-27-2012, 06:22 AM
We will be taking Nicki to her 4th veterinarian today (an internist) We keep getting referred to another specialist so that they can hopefully diagnose the problem and see if it's treatable. I won't go into details (heart, lung, adrenal gland, liver) She is the sweetest dog we've ever had. Everytime I picked her up, she would tuck her head under my chin. We got her from the St. Louis Schnauzer Rescue when she was 4 years old. SHe had been in a Missouri Puppy Mill and used for breeding and had been abused. She's had 10 wonderful, pampered years with us, but we aren't ready to give up on her yet. I hate it that we aren't at home when this happened, but she was fine when we left. When I was spending a lot of time in bed during my recovery from surgery, she was my constant companion. Now, tears are flowing again as I type. We're hoping and praying for a condition that can be treated with medicine, but have to realize that she is 14 years old. Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers for Nicki.

mabeckoff
02-27-2012, 08:16 AM
We will be taking Nicki to her 4th veterinarian today (an internist) We keep getting referred to another specialist so that they can hopefully diagnose the problem and see if it's treatable. I won't go into details (heart, lung, adrenal gland, liver) She is the sweetest dog we've ever had. Everytime I picked her up, she would tuck her head under my chin. We got her from the St. Louis Schnauzer Rescue when she was 4 years old. SHe had been in a Missouri Puppy Mill and used for breeding and had been abused. She's had 10 wonderful, pampered years with us, but we aren't ready to give up on her yet. I hate it that we aren't at home when this happened, but she was fine when we left. When I was spending a lot of time in bed during my recovery from surgery, she was my constant companion. Now, tears are flowing again as I type. We're hoping and praying for a condition that can be treated with medicine, but have to realize that she is 14 years old. Thanks for your kind thoughts and prayers for Nicki.

I will keep you all in my prayers today.

Doodles
02-27-2012, 12:58 PM
Karen--
I'm so sorry about the illnesses and your little dog. We lost a schnauzer/poodle mix a few years ago and it's always so hard--he grew up with our kids. Prayers for all of you. Janet

LSKOCH5
02-27-2012, 05:53 PM
Karen - I'm so sorry ALL of you keep having health issues. Hope you have seen a doctor by now for your rash, you poor thing, and that you're feeling well. Are you back home then? All the best to you,
LeighAnn

jrnyc
02-27-2012, 06:17 PM
Karen, i hope things get better for you and your dog...
it is so upsetting to see our pets sick, and they can't tell us what is wrong...
for you to be sick at the same time must be so tough...
thoughts and prayers for you both....

jess...& Sparky

TwinmomTN
02-27-2012, 06:49 PM
Karen,
I'm so sorry your baby is sick. Hopefully it is something that can
be treated. Have you seen a Dr. yet for the rash? It's time for things
to turn around for you!! I'm so sorry. Keep us posted and take
care of yourself. I know how you feel. I had my dear sweet Pug
for 13 yrs. Wishing you the best.

Pam

golfnut
02-27-2012, 07:58 PM
Thanks, so much, all of you sweet, understanding dog lovers. Nicki is staying at the 24 hour critical care center in Sarasota which is about 30 minutes from where we are staying and will be there 3to 5 days with no guarantees that she will survive. After running numerous tests, they think she has pancreatitis which I probably caused by trying a new dog food out a couple of days before our trip. It was recommended to me by a friend who also has a schnauzer and it is made of wholistic foods which i thought would be good. Both dogs had been on a low fat dog food because our other dog had pancreatitis several years ago. Now, besides being devastated about my sweet Nicki being severely ill, I have the horrible guilt that I caused it. I should have called our vet before seeing if they liked it. I called the next day and didn't use it again, but I can never forgive myself for this because most likely the dog food caused the pancreatitis. I go every day and hold her, but it breaks my heart. I hope and pray she can battle this.

Confusedmom
02-27-2012, 10:06 PM
Dear Karen,

My goodness, please don't blame yourself! Even if it was the dogfood that caused it, you obviously didn't mean to do any harm, and were in fact trying to do something good. I will pray for your special doggie, and also hope that you find time to take care of yourself. Get that rash checked out before too long.

Best,
Evelyn

mabeckoff
02-27-2012, 10:45 PM
Oh Karen, I am so sorry. I have 2 cats and I know how you feel. But please do not blame yourself. You did not do it on purpose. I will keep you in my prayers

golfnut
03-03-2012, 06:04 AM
I added a video of my first day on a golf course here in Bradenton, FL to my signature. The swing is slower than usual, not as smooth, and a little tentative (imagine that), but I think will eventually be okay this summer with practice and stronger muscles.

The best news of all: after ultrasounds, an MRI of her brain, xrays, lots of bloodwork, 5 days in intensive care for animals, Nicki is finally home with us at the condo and doing fantastic. My stomach is finally not in knots and we are starting to have a real vacation of the beach, golf, long walks, great food & drinks, etc. I just have scabs left from the shingles which no longer itch or hurt.

mabeckoff
03-03-2012, 09:48 AM
I added a video of my first day on a golf course here in Bradenton, FL to my signature. The swing is slower than usual, not as smooth, and a little tentative (imagine that), but I think will eventually be okay this summer with practice and stronger muscles.

The best news of all: after ultrasounds, an MRI of her brain, xrays, lots of bloodwork, 5 days in intensive care for animals, Nicki is finally home with us at the condo and doing fantastic. My stomach is finally not in knots and we are starting to have a real vacation of the beach, golf, long walks, great food & drinks, etc. I just have scabs left from the shingles which no longer itch or hurt.

I am so glad to hear that Nicki is doing well. Now you can enjoy your trip

walkingmom
03-03-2012, 10:34 AM
Hi Karen,

I am so impressed that you are able to swing the golf club so well. It must be an exhiliarating feeling to be able to do so. I can't wait for the day when my body will cooperate and allow me to have my tennis racquet back in my hand. Congratulations to you!

Donna

Doodles
03-03-2012, 02:27 PM
Karen--
What great news all around! Your swing looks perfect to me. I was a terrible golfer before surgery--maybe I'd be better now?? Ha. I don't even want to think about it. Enjoy your vacation. Janet

JenniferG
03-03-2012, 02:36 PM
What great news! I could barely open this thread after I read about your dog. I'm so glad you're now able to enjoy your holiday without worry. You earned it!

golfnut
03-09-2012, 08:21 PM
After John and I both had the flu, my dad was in the hospital, I had shingles, and our dog, Nicki, was in 24 hour critical care in Florida for 5 days while on vacation, we finally had a week of fun and are now back home. I added a video of my first day of golf after my surgery in my "signature" just to give people hope that after a t4 to sacrum fusion, you can return to former activities. Donna: let us know when you are allowed to get back to tennis.

I do have a question. Does one always have a fear of rod breakage after surgery? I would swing with a little more speed if that was not in the back of my mind.

We are so happy that Nicki is doing well after being so worried that she wasn't going to survive. I almost forgot to add that John got a speeding ticket on the way home. We are just thankful that we made it home safe and sound!

titaniumed
03-10-2012, 02:05 PM
Karen
Very nice form! Have you noticed having more control, more stability in your club head path? It was something that I noticed when I gave it a whirl....club head speed was controlled, I guess the only way to know is to increase this speed slowly over time.

The fear is not rod breakage, its having a pseudarthrosis or non-union, which will result in breaking hardware.....and in one of Dr Lenke’s books can happen out at 5 years. Its in this book.
http://www.qmp.com/modern_anterior_scoliosis_surgery.html

Integrity of fusion mass is the question here, and at what time period....they don’t know, the studies have not been done. I did my tests by shoveling about 5 yards of landscaping rock at 15 months. One yard weighs 4050#. I thought it was a pretty good test.....I needed to know. Of course, I’m fine.

I’m wondering if a “compromised” level under stress will correct itself. Will the integrity improve under stress? It seems logical with bone remodeling.....I wish I knew. I wish we knew. Maybe a bone scientist will chime in?

Should we walk on eggshells forever? When can we push the limits?.....These are questions that require some thought and a whole bunch of typing....I think that since you are where you are at in your recovery, doing quite well, that you will shine.

Glad to hear Fido is ok. I call all dogs Fido’s.....smaller dogs, Fidomatics and all cats Bad kitty’s. Its easier that way.
Ed

golfnut
03-10-2012, 02:25 PM
Thanks, Ed. Dr. Lenke told me at a year there is nothing I could do that would cause the rods to break, so I guess I should just swing away. Thanks for sending the link. I went at it gradually in Florida-starting with 6 holes (called back to the animal hospital), 9 holes, and eventually three days in a row of 18 holes. I didn't notice any more tightness than usual after playing three days in a row. Back to the pseudoarthrosis . . . Dr. Lenke even mentioned that it was discovered in a patient at 9 years post op! Wouldn't it be nice to think that you are "normal" and wouldn't have to worry about revision surgery? I kno there is no point in worrying, because it won't change anything, so we might as well live it up! I hope your neck feels better! "Fido" is doing great!

Confusedmom
03-10-2012, 02:50 PM
My thinking is this: It's either going to fuse in the first year or so, or it's not going to fuse at all. So, we have to be extremely careful in the first year. Then, we go under the assumption it's fused. If not, we'll find out when the rods break. There's no point in walking on eggshells for the rest of our lives, because if it's not fused after a year or so, it's not going to fuse without more work. That is just my thinking, of course. But, I plan to be very, very cautious the first year, and then start to live my life as normally as I can after that.

I'm so glad you're back to golf and it's not causing you extra soreness!!!

Evelyn

golfnut
03-10-2012, 03:31 PM
Evelyn,
I think you nailed it with your statements.

backissues
03-11-2012, 05:35 PM
It's great to hear your vacation had a happy ending for all. I'm so excited for you that you were able to play so much golf without any back issues. Spring is here with more golf now and in the future. Enjoy!!

Irene