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retired Mom
04-03-2013, 12:52 PM
I am 5months post-op and was wondering if I will ever be able to do my toenails again. I have read on the forum that you can tie shoes and put socks on after about a year, is that true?

tae_tap
04-03-2013, 03:22 PM
Where levels are you fused?

Tamena

golfnut
04-03-2013, 08:03 PM
I can put on tennis shoes and socks without any difficulty and I am fused T4 to the sacrum. I used a sock aide for the first 8 months or so. Once I was permitted to do some more stretching, I gradually improved. At first, all of my bows were on the side of my shoes. I can now trim my toenails if I need to, but continue to pamper myself with pedicures. Don't judge anything based on what you are unable to do during the first year. I know that I have noticed improvements in my strength and flexibility even after my two year anniversary.

retired Mom
04-04-2013, 09:09 AM
Where levels are you fused?

Tamena

t4 to scrotum

LindaRacine
04-04-2013, 11:49 AM
t4 to scrotum

haha... never heard of that.

hasteffen
04-05-2013, 01:07 PM
Got to love auto correct!
Ditto what Karen said. I am 6 months post op today and I have been tying my shoes for a couple months although though bows are on the side...

jrnyc
04-05-2013, 01:38 PM
someone ask the surgeons how long they have been fusing patients
to the "scrotum"
i think they might like to hear that one.

jess...and Sparky

titaniumed
04-05-2013, 03:09 PM
Now I have to change my signature....Ha ha

Ed

golfnut
04-05-2013, 07:47 PM
You guys are making me laugh! The Ellen Show once had some wild text messages with the auto correct. Really funny!

Irina
04-05-2013, 09:15 PM
And you guys are making me to learn more English - I just learned another word - ha-ha :-)

mabeckoff
04-05-2013, 10:00 PM
And you guys are making me to learn more English - I just learned another word - ha-ha :-)

I am sure that it will come in handy

JuliaAnn
04-11-2013, 11:01 AM
My sock aid was too big for most of my socks. I have a high bed and found that it worked well for putting on shoes and socks and filing toe nails. I was fused to pelvis so my hips were sore. But starting about post-op month 3, I sit on the edge of the bed with one leg on the floor. My other leg is on the bed, bent at the knee, almost a half "indian style" sitting, or a ballerina's pirouette pose, so my foot is high enough for me to reach comfortably to tie my shoes. The bed holds my leg up so there is no strain trying to get into that position and I don't have to bend my back. That does take a flexible knee and hip but it works.

And yes, this thread made me laugh out loud! ha ha

back2life
07-25-2013, 10:28 PM
I think I have found one of my reasons for my pain-problems. Reading these, I am totally breaking the rules. I have tied shoes, clipped my toenails, have a bottom freezer with fridge on top, picked up my kitten and small dog from the floor (I always squat, though) and grabbed many things from the floor. I cannot walk through a room and see crap on my floors! Again, I always try to squat but I am wondering if I am straining my back. I really wish I had a brace to monitor what I should be doing!!!! If I jeopardize the success of this surgery for the vanity of my house I will never forgive myself! I WILL find a grabber this weekend to help with this problem.

Confusedmom
07-25-2013, 11:52 PM
Jen,

It's true the pre-op papers I got said not to bend, lift, twist or squat for the first four months, I believe. By not bending, they mean don't go tighter than a 90 degree angle between your abdomen and thigh. But, I wouldn't get too worried, as long as everything still seems in place. Dr. Lenke told me at my 5-week follow up appointment that I could begin to lift restrictions, as long as it didn't cause extra pain. I did do some minor squatting and going down on one knee to pick things up, occasionally. But usually I used the grabber. Anyway, all I'm saying is that while technically you've been breaking the rules, you probably will be just fine as long as you've been keeping your trunk stabilized and erect (which it sounds like you have).

Evelyn

back2life
07-26-2013, 01:00 AM
Jen,

It's true the pre-op papers I got said not to bend, lift, twist or squat for the first four months, I believe. By not bending, they mean don't go tighter than a 90 degree angle between your abdomen and thigh. But, I wouldn't get too worried, as long as everything still seems in place. Dr. Lenke told me at my 5-week follow up appointment that I could begin to lift restrictions, as long as it didn't cause extra pain. I did do some minor squatting and going down on one knee to pick things up, occasionally. But usually I used the grabber. Anyway, all I'm saying is that while technically you've been breaking the rules, you probably will be just fine as long as you've been keeping your trunk stabilized and erect (which it sounds like you have).

Evelyn

I am very tall and lean so I always go down to all fours or squat but there are times while seating I have bent and I think.....should I be doing this? I just wish I would have been shown right and wrong. I am a very visual person! I can feel it strain if I try to much so that is a good indicator but I think overall I have been safe.

susancook
07-26-2013, 01:05 AM
haha... never heard of that.

One of the perils of a spell check developed by a man.....
Susan

susancook
07-26-2013, 01:08 AM
Now I have to change my signature....Ha ha

Ed

That must really hurt if that was the end of your fusion, Ed! So glad that I am a woman! No wonder they kept you sedated so long after surgery! Ouch! Bummer.....
;+}

Not so sure that you will be popular with the ladies, Ed if they knew....probably wouldn't recommend that you change your signature......

susancook
07-26-2013, 01:28 AM
I think I have found one of my reasons for my pain-problems. Reading these, I am totally breaking the rules. I have tied shoes, clipped my toenails, have a bottom freezer with fridge on top, picked up my kitten and small dog from the floor (I always squat, though) and grabbed many things from the floor. I cannot walk through a room and see crap on my floors! Again, I always try to squat but I am wondering if I am straining my back. I really wish I had a brace to monitor what I should be doing!!!! If I jeopardize the success of this surgery for the vanity of my house I will never forgive myself! I WILL find a grabber this weekend to help with this problem.

Jen: Girl, get over the crap on the floor! I keep a list of stuff for my husband to pick up if my grabber isn't handy. Pills that i drop on the floor are especially difficult for me to pick up. Bottom line: how many times do you want to have the surgery done, girlfriend? Buy lots of grabbers. I just ordered 3 more of the folding grabbers. One for my car and 2 more for the house.
Susan

I think that you can get a softer brace over the Internet, but first ask your MD if it's OK. It would be a constant reminder of good body mechanics. Wear a soft all cotton t shirt underneath because it is a personal sauna!

back2life
07-26-2013, 01:54 AM
Jen: Girl, get over the crap on the floor! I keep a list of stuff for my husband to pick up if my grabber isn't handy. Pills that i drop on the floor are especially difficult for me to pick up. Bottom line: how many times do you want to have the surgery done, girlfriend? Buy lots of grabbers. I just ordered 3 more of the folding grabbers. One for my car and 2 more for the house.
Susan

I think that you can get a softer brace over the Internet, but first ask your MD if it's OK. It would be a constant reminder of good body mechanics. Wear a soft all cotton t shirt underneath because it is a personal sauna!

I think I am going to get the sweeper out and then with the grabber I will have use a tub and all the crap that I find is going into it. The kids and the husband can weed through all the crap! Ahhhhh, 2 more weeks and I will have my house back to myself. Sanity is just around the corner.
After posting this tonight, I was a Sargent with commands, politely. I would see something and ask who ever was closest to come pick it up. It's not like we have small children in the house. Just seem to be lazy ones!!!
As always, thanks For making me smile Sharon.

Doreen1
07-26-2013, 08:35 AM
I thought it was interesting when Dr. Lenke explained to me to think of the rods as a paperclip. If you bend the metal of a paperclip enough times, the metal will snap. He said that applies to rods, obviously stronger than a paper clip, but if a person continuously bends beyond what he advises, the rods will be compromised.

back2life
07-26-2013, 01:33 PM
I thought it was interesting when Dr. Lenke explained to me to think of the rods as a paperclip. If you bend the metal of a paperclip enough times, the metal will snap. He said that applies to rods, obviously stronger than a paper clip, but if a person continuously bends beyond what he advises, the rods will be compromised.

Thanks Hun! This is a great explanation. I have said it is interesting that my surgeon is very relaxed with his restrictions but then when I went for my 6 week check up, I saw his PA and she was reigning me in. I have paperwork of what I can and cannot do but it is more sports activities. Why not out household activities too??? It would be helpful!

susancook
07-26-2013, 08:22 PM
I think I am going to get the sweeper out and then with the grabber I will have use a tub and all the crap that I find is going into it. The kids and the husband can weed through all the crap! Ahhhhh, 2 more weeks and I will have my house back to myself. Sanity is just around the corner.
After posting this tonight, I was a Sargent with commands, politely. I would see something and ask who ever was closest to come pick it up. It's not like we have small children in the house. Just seem to be lazy ones!!!
As always, thanks For making me smile Sharon.

Great going, Jen! The year after your surgery is the time to take care of yourself!
Susan

susancook
07-26-2013, 08:25 PM
Thanks Hun! This is a great explanation. I have said it is interesting that my surgeon is very relaxed with his restrictions but then when I went for my 6 week check up, I saw his PA and she was reigning me in. I have paperwork of what I can and cannot do but it is more sports activities. Why not out household activities too??? It would be helpful!

Household activities? Don't bend, lift, or twist! Susan

susancook
07-26-2013, 09:28 PM
Thanks Hun! This is a great explanation. I have said it is interesting that my surgeon is very relaxed with his restrictions but then when I went for my 6 week check up, I saw his PA and she was reigning me in. I have paperwork of what I can and cannot do but it is more sports activities. Why not out household activities too??? It would be helpful!

Household activities? Don't bend, lift, or twist! Susan

Susie*Bee
07-27-2013, 06:04 AM
Heh heh-- I was told that included things like vacuuming and mopping, changing the sheets, etc., and anything at all that caused you to bend or twist. Since my hubby was there and heard, he pulled through. The house wasn't that great, but we were both fine with it. (smile)

jackieg412
07-27-2013, 05:03 PM
Do be careful--you just can't rush somethings. They come back{or not}very slowly. Also I was able to fracture through the area above the fusion by reaching for a tissue. That was 6days post op. So I was not moving well yet. So be careful.

golfnut
08-03-2013, 07:13 PM
It is so worth it to be patient with yourself and your limitations during the first 4-6 months or more. Eventually, things get back to normal.

rockycarm
08-05-2013, 07:51 PM
Love all the humor - we all definitely need it. I am fused from T9-S1, 15 months post-op and have to say that I can do almost anything. I do them differently but can still do. My toes however do not come out as good so I have opted for pedicures. Dive in and enjoy it! I clean my house better than the cleaning woman did when I was recovering, do wash, bend (not the same). When I see pictures it kind of looks like I have a stick up my butt :) but hey - I can do it! I don't walk as fast as I could and haven't really run - more like an an older woman - I am 54 now but I really didn't run much before. Best of luck with you decision. I will also say to you that I am pain free. God Bless You!