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BetsyK
03-04-2012, 02:05 PM
Hi,
I've been reading all the posts trying to get prepared. I went to Linda's link, which is a great help. I get a little overwhelmed and think I'm planning to go underground for a year! How long before everyone could go out to a store, (with someone else driving) & how long before you can sit and do anything, like sewing?
Should I buy birthday cards for friends for the next 3 months, so i won't have to go out?
Thanks,

JenniferG
03-04-2012, 03:25 PM
Hi,
I've been reading all the posts trying to get prepared. I went to Linda's link, which is a great help. I get a little overwhelmed and think I'm planning to go underground for a year! How long before everyone could go out to a store, (with someone else driving) & how long before you can sit and do anything, like sewing?
Should I buy birthday cards for friends for the next 3 months, so i won't have to go out?
Thanks,

Hi Betsy, It IS overwhelming, and our recoveries vary a lot but it's not unwise to prepare for up to 2 months of not going very far, just in case. I didn't go far for about 6 weeks, but a friend of mine had the surgery in Brisbane three weeks ago, and yesterday she spent 2 hours at a very busy and crowded Home Show in Brisbane! She's back doing light housework (not vacuuming) but cooking, laundry etc. She's 50.

I've heard of some patients going back to work as early as 6 weeks but others not until 6-12 months, so you can see a wide variance there.

Best of luck with your surgery. Let us know how you go and in the meantime, ask as many questions as you can think of.

golfnut
03-04-2012, 03:59 PM
Hi, Betsy,
I thought I would be giving up my life for a year with an elective surgery and I wasn't in pain pre-op. I questioned my sanity in making the decision for surgery, but went with my trust in my surgeon, Dr. Lenke, who recommended the surgery. I was uncomfortable with abdominal pain for about a month due to problems with regularity which had previously been an issue with me. I was out of the house socially at 4 weeks to attend a Super Bowl party. I only stayed an hour, but it was such a morale booster for me to see lots of friends and get compliments on my new, more youthful, appearance. At 5 weeks, I was feeling well enough to start going out for lunch or dinner with my husband driving and we went out often. John couldn't keep me down as I was so happy to get out and about once again. I felt like I totally had a social life again at 2 months and celebrated when I could start doing things I loved such as walking my dogs ( 5 months), tap dancing (6 months), chipping and putting (7 months), and finally, playing a real round of golf (12 months). I started driving to the store at about 10 weeks, although I did drive earlier than that. It was just easier to send my husband than deal with buying too many groceries and needing to make several trips into the house.
I also thought that the "no bend, no twist, no lift, no stoop" restrictions would be horrible, but it was doable. I had "grabbers" in every room of the house. I was fortunate that my husband was a huge support and loves to cook!

golfnut
03-04-2012, 04:01 PM
Betsy,
I forgot to mention that I did buy all birthday and anniversary cards for four months in advance and was glad that I did.

kennedy
03-04-2012, 05:18 PM
Betsy good luck with your surgery.

rockycarm
03-04-2012, 08:04 PM
Hi Betsy, It IS overwhelming, and our recoveries vary a lot but it's not unwise to prepare for up to 2 months of not going very far, just in case. I didn't go far for about 6 weeks, but a friend of mine had the surgery in Brisbane three weeks ago, and yesterday she spent 2 hours at a very busy and crowded Home Show in Brisbane! She's back doing light housework (not vacuuming) but cooking, laundry etc. She's 50.

I've heard of some patients going back to work as early as 6 weeks but others not until 6-12 months, so you can see a wide variance there.

Best of luck with your surgery. Let us know how you go and in the meantime, ask as many questions as you can think of.

WOW Jennifer that is encouraging. It is all of these positive stories I am hanging onto. I have been reading the book Scoliosis Surgery - the definitive patients reference and although I find it very informative it is also a bit nerve racking. So keep the positive comments coming.

rockycarm
04-26-2012, 08:09 PM
Hi Betsy, Just wondering how you are doing since your surgery on 4/17?