View Full Version : 5th Anniversary on Monday

02-28-2014, 03:36 AM
Hard to believe it's been 5 years, but they've been 5 good years and I'm so glad I found the courage to have this surgery.

How do I feel 5 years out?

I don't give much thought to my rods/back/surgery any more.

I think the rods are more "a part of me" than ever, not some alien form inside my back. <grin>

Flexibility is good. Twisting is the hardest, I don't have much "give" when I try to twist.

Still no pain, no soreness, no feeling of degeneration in any part of my back.

When I have to walk/sit/stand for a long time, my legs/bottom feel it before my back does. That's the best thing, my back never gets tired.

I still walk 5-7 times a week. Dr. Askin said I should continue walking for the rest of my life.

Still believe the surgery was the best thing I ever did for myself.

As happens each year on my anniversary, I have a strong urge to thank Dr. Askin again, and tell him how well I'm doing, which I have resisted until today when I sent off an email to him. I probably won't hear back. He's not good at that side of things but I hope he at least gets my email or hears about it.

02-28-2014, 04:58 AM
Time to celebrate on Monday! Congratulations on 5 years out and thank you for all of your support.
Hugs, Susan

02-28-2014, 10:02 AM
Congrats, Jennifer! Thank you for posting - you've always been an inspiration for me.

dolores a
02-28-2014, 05:41 PM
Amazing! 5 years passes so quickly. Mine was just 4 months after you, and you and a few others who had the surgery just before me were such an encouragement. It helped me with the fear of the unknown, not knowing what to expect. It just calmed me so much to be able to read your posts and others around the same time. You really did have an amazing recovery, it would be so wonderful to be able to get together with everyone and have some sort of celebration in our milestones, or to encourage others with more difficult recoveries, but I guess this is the purpose of this forum!

02-28-2014, 10:19 PM
Wow, Jennifer!
I didn't realize that you were a surgery "newbie" when I joined. You've always been so supportive of me. Thank you and congrats. I'm glad you have your life back!

03-01-2014, 01:39 AM
Thank you ladies. It was my very great fortune to find this forum because it gave me so much information I would otherwise not have had, which made all the difference to how I felt about the surgery. Because at the beginning, I was not in a good place about it.

So it is me who should be thanking the members here, some of whom are still coming to help others. Ed of course, comes to mind, always helpful and kind, understanding and funny, but there are plenty of others, all of whom made a big difference to how I felt. Thank you!!

Dolores, how are things going for you now?

03-01-2014, 01:49 AM
Congrats Jennifer

03-01-2014, 07:37 AM
Congratulations Jennifer! So glad it turned out so well for you. :-)


03-01-2014, 11:16 AM
You did just fantastic in your recovery Jen....and your such a valuable asset to the forum. We love reading your posts!

This actually triggered me to look back into the archives which is something I have never really done for some reason. I didnít respond to your initial thread or posts I think because I had just had my shoulder surgery in October 2008. I do remember you having the dizzies and vertigo in your recovery which is a very scary complicated thing....its nice to be past all that stuff...(and eventually off meds) a goal of ours.....

We are the lucky ones you know. When you think about all the others that struggled, it really makes you think. Was it my surgeon? Was it my hardware? Was it the technique? Is it because Iím in pretty good shape? Could it have been my attitude? Perhaps its a combination of all of these things....

I donít know if Iím correct in saying this, but I think that maybe we post because we might have been ďextremelyĒ worried or concerned about our surgeries for too many years. We both waited many decades for technology, rejecting surgery back in the days when it was especially scary.....

It really is something to be able to be able to write posts about successful scoliosis surgery.....its almost like landing on Mars. Many years ago, this thought was considered crazy, along with the guys at JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory). They are not considered that crazy nowadays.....well, maybe just a little. He he

Concepts to reality....Our dreams came through...

A sigh of relief...


03-01-2014, 01:07 PM
Congratulations, and thanks for posting and sharing your progress! it is very encouraging to read your opinion. I do wonder if I will always feel like the rods are a foreign intruder in my body.... I hope I will have a good outcome as well - time will tell, thanks for posting! Jamie in TX

03-01-2014, 06:33 PM
You are very inspirational! Congratulations!!

03-01-2014, 10:29 PM
Thank you Kara, Sharon, Ed, Jamie and Springchicken!

Ed, I have wondered about those same things. How did I get to be so lucky? I think it must have been a combination of at least some of those points you made, plus a great surgeon, which I think is the #1 most important part of the equation.

It goes without saying the grief I feel when I read about a patient having a less than happy result. Which brings me to Melissa. I do hope she pops in and lets us know how she's getting on. I think of her often.

03-01-2014, 11:44 PM
Melissa and I never exchanged e-mail addresses so I have no contact with her....She sure did have her set of battles with all the surgeries and of course having your house burn down is just so hard to fathom....

She did have a court case (probate) you know, and her attorney probably told her to cease public posting.....

Chances are that she is fine will pop in one of these days....


03-02-2014, 06:50 AM
Congratulations,Jennifer, on your 5 year anniversary. I can't thank you enough for the support you gave me 3 years ago when I so desperately needed it. For the sake of all of the newbies to the forum, I hope you and Ed and others continue to give of your time. Your compassion, knowledge, and encouragement based on your own experiences is invaluable to this forum. Thanks so much!

03-02-2014, 07:04 PM
Yes, CONGRATULATIONS Jennifer for meeting that milestone and doing so well-- and being so supportive on the forum! I hope you feel really good about both your recovery and your helpfulness!

Regarding Melissa: I have messaged her on facebook, but not lately. The last time we "spoke" was January 31, and this is what she said:

Hi Susie, I have been home one month from the hospital. On 12/23/13 I fell and broke my femur bone for the second time. I am trying to get back to posting on the forum. Yes I left the hospital early to go see my grand daughter. She was born on 1/1/14.

Melissa had said that her problem was in not being able to access the forum. For some reason she was not able to log in any longer and she tried to get back on but wasn't able to. I DO have her email address if someone would like to send me a PM, I will pass it on to you if I know you are a "regular" and care about her.

03-02-2014, 08:22 PM
Thank you Karen!

Thank you Suzie. Perhaps Melissa could rejoin under another name or a different email address? I do have Melissa's email address and emailed her some time ago, but received no reply. I thought at the time that she might be "over" talking about her problems and would rather just put her head down get on with it. I'm so sorry to hear about her fall 2 days before Christmas. "Oh no!!" doesn't quite cover it, does it, when she has been so dogged with bad luck over the years. If you speak to her again Suzie, would you tell her please, that I think of her often and as always, send my very best wishes. And I hope she's enjoying grandmotherhood!

03-05-2014, 10:56 PM
You've done so amazingly well! Plus, you are such a great poster and helpful to so many on here. And you've been so good about staying with the group. I've been absent for a while here but decided to check in and had to wish you well. Always felt close with you, since mine was just a few weeks later. I have a 5-year check with Dr. Lenke on March 26. Continue to have many, many more anniversaries and great health! Janet
P.S. Glad to hear a bit about Melissa and a chance to get e-mail from Susie.

03-06-2014, 04:35 AM
Hi Janet, lovely to hear from you! How are you doing now - you were having some problems last time we spoke. Congrats on your 5th anniversary, coming up! If you're anything like me, you'll think those years have zoomed by. Take care and let us know what Dr. Lenke says on the 26th.

03-06-2014, 08:34 AM
Yeah, Jennifer! Your 5 year report is very encouraging!

03-06-2014, 11:05 AM
Hi, Jennifer--
Yes, those years have been fast! I'm totally enjoying retirement and right now we've been on the Gulf Coast for a few weeks escaping the cold and snow. I am basically doing OK. Still some nagging pain issues on my left side somewhat same area as last Oct./Nov. but without all the other problems. They never could figure it out after every test in the book but our suspicion was that while on vacation I was exposed to mold--the place smelled moldy! It seems to hit your weakest area. I've heard many tales about how bad mold can be. My GP said it can cause a rise in SED rates and CRP. So I'm basically OK. Thanks for asking! Janet

03-06-2014, 06:57 PM
Great to hear those problems have resolved, Janet! Love to hear that - no treatment required. Yess!

Hope your left side discomfort resolves eventually too. Enjoy your anniversary and do something special for yourself.