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JenniferG
03-03-2013, 02:40 PM
Yesterday was my 4th anniversary.

Pros:

Pain free.
Able to do anything (restrictions: no running or lifting heavy objects.)
Taller, and, at the same weight, slimmer looking.

Cons:

Still some stiffness when tying shoelaces, cutting toenails, but easier than at 2 years.
Slightly wonky gait (though others swear they can't see it.)
Left shoulder lower than right.

I still walk most days, usually around 2.5 kilometers. To get the most out of the walk, I walk fast. Still kayaking, and coming into Autumn now, we'll be doing more of it. I can stand or walk for hours if needs be, without any discomfort, which for me, is the biggest improvement in my life.

There's still a small, lingering concern that this could all go pear-shaped, but I try not to dwell on it. Just grateful for every pain free day. Current age: 62 in May.

kennedy
03-03-2013, 02:56 PM
congrads jennifer

jrnyc
03-03-2013, 03:51 PM
wonderful, Jen...
i add my congratulations as well...
wishing you continued good health and an active life...

jess...& Sparky

Irina
03-03-2013, 04:44 PM
Congratulations, Jennifer and thank you for sharing it with us. Reading reports like yours is very encouraging as I am about to undergo my surgery.

mabeckoff
03-03-2013, 04:49 PM
Jennifer, I am so happy for you. Glad that you are doing so well

Melissa

Spyros
03-03-2013, 04:52 PM
Good that you are happy!

But i don't understand some things, as:

Why you aren't allowed to run?
Regarding to slightly wonky gait.. You already had that before surgery or u gained it after? Why you think you have that problem?
Your shoulders was even or uneven before surgery?

I m worried and confused about these things you just mentioned and i m having my surgery in a week

Thanks

JenniferG
03-03-2013, 05:32 PM
Good that you are happy!

But i don't understand some things, as:

Why you aren't allowed to run?
Regarding to slightly wonky gait.. You already had that before surgery or u gained it after? Why you think you have that problem?
Your shoulders was even or uneven before surgery?

I m worried and confused about these things you just mentioned and i m having my surgery in a week

Thanks

Thanks for the good wishes!

Spyros, I am fused from T4 to Sacrum with pelvic fixation. My only unfused vertebra need to be treated with care, so no running or lifting heavy objects. This is probably good advice for anybody over 60. I can do both, but I don't want to risk those unfused vertebra which take all the jarring along my spine. I don't think this advice applies to younger people.

Regarding my wonky gait. No it wasn't wonky before surgery, only since. It's not a problem, I just notice that my walk is slightly "bouncier" than it was. One leg seems longer than the other - I still have a 22 degree curve. I think it has to do with being fused to sacrum but I could be wrong. I haven't asked the doctor about it. I did ask if I should wear a heel lift and he said no. But in my walking shoes, I do wear a 1cm heel lift, but my walk still seems slightly wonky to me.

Yes, my shoulders were uneven before surgery.

Susie*Bee
03-03-2013, 05:42 PM
Hooray for you, Jennifer! Life is good, isn't it?! SO much better and happier, even with our few limitations. I'm so happy for you!

titaniumed
03-03-2013, 09:18 PM
Yesterday was my 4th anniversary.

Cons:

Still some stiffness when tying shoelaces



Jen, You might get rid of those old shoelaces and buy some new ones....(smiley face)

Glad to have you here, you always fill in with the best posts....

You have done well!
Ed

golfnut
03-03-2013, 09:26 PM
Jennifer,
Congratulations! I feel like we have a lot in common besides our young age of 62! We're both happy with our surgeries and have returned to an active life. I love reading your posts and always think you've said exactly what I want to say, except you word it better. I hope for everyone else's sake, that you remain active on the forum. You were such a support for me in my pre-op days and early recovery months and offered many words of encouragement. Thank you!

JenniferG
03-03-2013, 09:47 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words. You know, I only posted to collect a few congrats! <smiley face>

I've never forgotten the support I received on this forum 4.5 years ago, it's simply the best place for those of us facing this surgery!

loves to skate
03-04-2013, 07:02 PM
Jennifer,
So glad you are doing so well. With age comes wisdom and you have so much wisdom that you willingly share.
Take care, Sally

Confusedmom
03-05-2013, 10:23 PM
Jennifer,

You are always so helpful and inspiring! Thanks for sticking with the forum!!

Best,
Evelyn

JenniferG
03-06-2013, 02:30 AM
Sally and Evelyn, it's my pleasure.