View Full Version : I did it!!

09-19-2012, 02:21 PM
Day 1 after surgery!!! Feel reAlly good. Will write more tomorrow, it's hard to concentrate on such a small screen! I'm posting, not the hubs. :) thanks for all your help!!! Couldn't have done this without his forum!!

09-19-2012, 02:25 PM
Day 1 after surgery!!! Feel reAlly good. Will write more tomorrow, it's hard to concentrate on such a small screen! I'm posting, not the hubs. :) thanks for all your help!!! Couldn't have done this without his forum!!

I am so happy for you! It's amazing that you can type. Can't wait to hear more when you feel well enough to post.

09-19-2012, 03:21 PM
wow! Congrats! I can only hope in a week and a half I can do the same! That's awesome that you are able to post yourself. Keep us posted on your recovery.


09-19-2012, 04:50 PM
Way to go! Welcome to "the other side"!

09-19-2012, 06:46 PM
way to go king

09-19-2012, 06:59 PM
Glad that all went well

See you Friday

09-19-2012, 10:14 PM
I am amazed at your being online so quickly. I don't think I thought about the internet for three weeks!

Hope you are thrilled with your correction and your recovery goes smoothly.

09-20-2012, 09:18 AM
Wow! Already able to get on the computer, I am shocked. Keep us posted on how your recovery is going. I have surgery in a month and will be watching your updates with an eagle eye. : )

09-20-2012, 11:32 AM
Agreed! I could barely move much less get online for at least 5 days post op!!

09-20-2012, 05:50 PM
Agreed! I could barely move much less get online for at least 5 days post op!!

So today was pretty bad. They took me off of the dilaudin drip and doubled up my norco and woah let me tell you.... The worst nausea, headache, stomach ache I've EVEr experienced. The only thing I could do was sleep it off (for 7 hours) . Still don't feel as strong ad yesterday, but walked around just now and that feels good to be mobile. I told the Dr's is rather feel my back pain then feel how I did earlier. Hopefully the rest of the day gets better!! talk soon!!

09-20-2012, 09:40 PM
Congratulations, King! You're on your way to recovery!!


09-21-2012, 05:20 AM
Hang in there! These first few days are the worst. Look forward to improvements each day.

09-21-2012, 07:46 AM
Congratulatiions alot King. :)
Hopes that your recovery go smooth and fast....
Keep telling us about your recovery...

09-21-2012, 07:53 AM
Wow, King! You must have one heck of a pain tolerance. I'm sorry you had a bad day with headache and nausea. Congrats on your surgery. I hope your recovery is as good as your first couple of days have been (minus the nausea and headaches). I'm really amazed at how quickly you were on the computer!

Take Care. =)

09-21-2012, 05:19 PM
Wow. I am so happy to see your post! Makes me more at ease going into my surgery! I hope that your recovery will continue to go well. Keep us updated and rest well!
Best, Heidi

09-21-2012, 11:49 PM

I really enjoyed meeting with you today. I hope that you continue to do so well with your recovery


09-22-2012, 11:13 PM
Hi everyone, so im doing great! Really well! I walked 22 hours after my surgery and have been cleared by pt and OT on the second day after surgery. After the mishap with doubling up the Norco, they have me on percocet and mild muscle relaxer and I feel much better! No iv either!! My dr said I could have gone home Friday ( 3rd day after surgery) but he was waiting until I have had a BM. (TMI) well here I am still in the hospital ... Still have not gone... They've done EVErything on their end to help it along, but I'm still here waiting on my system.
All in all I feel really fantastic, obviously I am sore and In pain but I've been doing laps every hour and it feels so good to be out and about. I included post op X-ray photo. (Not full spine) my X-rays look great, I feel great, but if you look at me from the front I'm side shifted. Because they did a selective fusion the side the lumbar will change over time (it's already changed 20 degrees) but I'm still jetting out to the side since my T spine is so straight now . That part kinda upsets me bc from the front I looked way more normal before surgery... But keeping my chin up and I'm hopin for the best!!
Had a wonderful visit from a fellow forum friend and have been very blessed with the outcome!! Will keep u posted!! Good luck to everyone else who has an upcoming surgery![ATTACH]1364

09-22-2012, 11:24 PM
King14, Great correction!

It's way too early to worry about final posture. My one kid needed months for her shoulders to come even and the other needed months to correct a torso lean.

By the way, neither of my kids had a BM before being released from the hospital. It was not one of the requirements to leave.

So glad you are having a relatively easy recovery. It is no doubt due to your excellent physical condition going in.

Best of luck going forward.

09-23-2012, 08:07 AM
Wow! Sounds like you are doing fantastic. I hope things start moving for you... this will no doubt be a difficult thing for my body to do!

09-23-2012, 11:13 AM

That sure is one good looking x-ray!

Try not to worry about your posture. All your soft tissues have gone through the ringer, and take many months to heal....

Drink plenty of water...this will help with the BM’s.

You made it!


09-23-2012, 03:48 PM
Day 1 after surgery!!! Feel reAlly good. Will write more tomorrow, it's hard to concentrate on such a small screen! I'm posting, not the hubs. :) thanks for all your help!!! Couldn't have done this without his forum!!

Thanks to you from all of us waiting for our surgeries for giving us a terrifically positive way to look at the day of/after! I'm amazed you posted but awfully glad you did. My surgery with Dr. Lenke is coming up 10/19 and at this rate you'll be walking 5 miles by then! Continued good luck and recovery.

Cheryl (in Charleston)

09-23-2012, 07:35 PM
Wow, Sara, I am impressed by your speed of recovery. It is so refreshing to read optimistic posts like yours. Thank you so much for letting us know about your progress!

09-23-2012, 09:40 PM
Your x-ray looks wonderful. Don't worry about TMI. Anything can be discussed on this forum. Best of luck with a smooth recovery.

09-23-2012, 09:41 PM
It sounds like you are doing extremely well! And that x-ray is amazing. Continued best wishes for a good recovery. Janet

09-24-2012, 04:51 PM
Well Done you!
Havent been on here much iv just been concentrating on my recovery.im hoping your starting to feel better now.cant wait to hear about your correction,i hope your happy.
Im nearly at 8wks post op now.im mostly sore from my costioplast,forgot how painful and sore they make you or that might be my age creeping up :) x

09-24-2012, 06:58 PM
Amazing correction. You must be thrilled!

09-27-2012, 01:32 PM
hello everyone, so after my last post, i went to the bathroom and went home!!
I've been home since sunday and I've been doing really well, My family says I'm doing too well for my own good and I'm antsy.
Although the correction in my T spine is fabulous, my L-spine is still crooked and although it has corrected some (about 20 degrees, remember no rod, selective fusion) it's the reason of my side shift. Dr says it took a while for my spine to compensate so it will take a while for it to "de"compensate. (maybe up to a year) Which I understand in my brain but I have done so much research of women my age who had the same surgery, same levels, and they had immediate correction in their L-spine. So then I have to remind myself that I'm not a "classic case" my super bendy spine does its own thing, and maybe because its so flexible it didn't feel the "pull" when they corrected my T-spine. . Only time will tell, but patience is not a strong suit for me. Ugh...trying to stay positive! (included full spine xray)

-Anyway some things that I think, made my transition home, so much easier. I get around really well, i pop in and outta bed. I wait for my husband to get home and we go for really long walks outside. I'm in good shape. BUT having a hospital bed at home made it so much easier for me. (I have a really high bed, and getting in and out of that thing was super hard). I didn't realize how much energy I was spending trying to get in and out of it until i switched to a normal level hospital bed.... that being said if your bed is of normal height, i don't think this is necessary.
-i've been taking miralax everyday and it's a lifesaver!!
- shower help is a must. I get light headed in there. and i've only managed one since i've been home. (that's on my list of things to do today) hahaha -
- eating after the pills helps my constant stomach ache

Questions -
-Has any one else had acid reflux after surgery. I've NEVER experienced Acid reflux before and it sucks. And I get like bubbles in my throat, and its hard to swallow... weird.
-How to get that dang tape off around the steri strips. ( I know the steri strips come off in there own time, but trying to get that tape off is BRUTAL, not to mention being sore on your back and you really can't scrub)
- Weaning down, I've already starting to go from my 4 hour pills to 6 and my 6 hour to 8. - is it too soon to wean? At night I take them as they are perscribed so I can sleep, but during the day I try to push it....

Any suggestions would be great- thanks everyone


09-27-2012, 02:00 PM
Wow! That is all I can say to start! Your recovery so far has been impressive to me. As far as the meds go, if you are not in need of them, going off early is not a bad thing. I am a PA and we wncourage our patients not to take them if they feel good, but not to let the pain get crazy before taking them. Keep up the fast healing! Many of us awaiting surgery are looking at you for inspiration.


09-27-2012, 02:41 PM
I totally agree with Tamena. Sara, you're my inspiration. What a spirit!

09-27-2012, 03:10 PM

Did you get my email? Your radiographs are similar to my one daughter's and she resolved her torso lean. My daughter had a false double (structural T curve but large compensatory L curve) and you have a double false double (only large compensatory T and L curves) in my opinion. :-) I think it will resolve. I think you saved your lumbar.

It is way too early to worry. I think your surgeon is correct about the one year time frame which would be similar to my daughter.

Hang in there and good luck.


09-27-2012, 05:16 PM
Hello Scoliosis Hero...wow, 74, and you are doing this great. How encouraging for this 61 year old looking at Dec 11 for surgery with Dr. Bridwell. Please keep us posted as to how you are doing. I have a question and hope you see this. Are you fused to the sacrum? That is one of the options I am looking at in addition to a selective fusion. Continued wishes for that speedy recovery.
Patty from Pennsylvania

09-27-2012, 05:44 PM
"-Has any one else had acid reflux after surgery. I've NEVER experienced Acid reflux before and it sucks. And I get like bubbles in my throat, and its hard to swallow... weird. "

I am not sure if it's acid reflux, but I never had indigestion in my life until my surgery. I got the first bout a few days out from surgery and Mylanta fixed it. I'm now 3.5 years and I still get it occasionally, though not since I had my gallbladder removed about 5 weeks ago. So perhaps that was to do with my gallstones?

But I do still get that bubble in my throat especially when I eat meat which seems to get "stuck" and can hurt quite a lot. I tend to need to chew longer and have smaller bites of meat, but how or if this relates to my scoli surgery, I have no idea. I just know I never had anything like this prior to my surgery.

09-27-2012, 11:40 PM
The meds sure do a great job at producing acids....I took Zantac to put the fire out. It lasts 12 hours. I also will eat granola dry right before I go to bed to help with acids....depending on fat intake since fats can be hard to digest. Hamburger and cheese’s being one of the worst and usually I try to avoid....sometimes I cant help it.

Weaning at a steady rate seems to make sense. Keep notes, write it all down. At the last scoli meeting at UCSF, weaning rates were discussed and a 20% reduction of any med would not produce withdrawl. That’s 5 weeks total, for any med. I listened intently since my neighbor cannot get off Paxil. One of the hardest medications to quit.

After a few weeks you will realize how nasty these meds really are. It seems that many post at around the 5 week mark asking “how do I get off this stuff”?

You are way too early to judge your lumbar results. It seemed that I had an over-correction in my shoulders with my left shoulder being higher than my right, but after many months they evened out. It just takes time. Your soft tissues have to recover.....

Try not to be to antsy...take things one day at a time. Recovery is not a rush scenario, it will happen when it happens at its own rate.

Easy peasy....slow and easy. It generally takes 12 months for fusion to occur....