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golfnut
01-05-2015, 02:37 PM
Today marks the fourth year since my T4-Sacrum surgery with Dr. Lenke. This is the first January that I won't get new x-rays and meet with Dr. Lenke. I always liked the reassurance that everything looked as it should, but I guess I'll have to wait until January of 2016.
I have so many people from this forum to thank for getting me through the stressful pre-surgery period as well as the long recovery that this surgery requires. What would I have done without you? I know many of those people who posted frequently four years ago are no longer active with the forum. Hopefully, Kathy K., Ed, and Jennifer who still post will read this and know how much I appreciated their suggestions and support!

titaniumed
01-05-2015, 05:57 PM
Karen

We were ones who did quite well with it all and itís a blessing......I think that we eventually need to let go of our surgeons at some point, and there comes a time when we really donít need to go in on a regular basis. Letís all hope that our health holds in there with no signs of pain because those are signals that something is wrong. There isnít a day that goes by that Iím not thankful, and having a second chance is an amazing thing....I try not to foresee or expect future doctors visits, its almost a mindset I have after all the medical activity and surgeries I had years ago. A kind of mental health thing.....(smiley face) Iím glad that you appreciated my posts, at least there is a record because Iím forgetting quite a bit these days.....

Iím posting from Medellin, Colombia, the land of eternal spring.....no bear traps down here! (smiley face) If anything, its too hot!

Going diving next week on the Caribbean coast......

Happy 4th anniversary!

Ed

mabeckoff
01-05-2015, 08:50 PM
Glad to hear that you are doing well

Melissa

kennedy
01-06-2015, 04:39 AM
Congrads karen

fifa
01-06-2015, 04:48 AM
Congrats, Karen! You've been a big help to me on the forum and a huge inspiration. I'm still amazed anyone who is fused can swing a club.

Golf on, my sister, and be well. (HUGE SMILEY)

Happy anniversary!
Fifa

PeggyS
01-06-2015, 06:32 AM
You're an inspiration, Karen! Congrats on your 4 year anniversary and thank you for all the support you provide on this forum!

JenniferG
01-07-2015, 04:42 AM
Congratulations on your special milestone, Karen!

JenniferG
01-07-2015, 04:47 AM
Stay cool, Ed. (It's hot here too at the moment.)

Speaking of breaking the umbilical cord with our surgeons. I haven't seen mine since my emotional first anniversary. It was hard to think I might never see him again, there was a definite attachment there. Yet I hoped, of course, I wouldn't see him again. So far so good, 6 years in March.

jrnyc
01-09-2015, 09:26 AM
very happy for you, Karen
congratulations on the milestone...
wonderful to read...

jess...and Sparky

ADMoul
01-25-2015, 04:14 PM
Hi Karen - great to hear you're doing well at 4 years post-op. It's kind of interesting the way we all sort of bond during our surgery years, sort of like a high school or college class! I know I felt very close to and so appreciative of those who walked that journey with me which will be 5 years Feb. 2. I was back for a visit with my surgeon last spring and although there are one or two hairline cracks in my rods, he didn't seem to think that was anything to be concerned about. I occasionally get a little pain and irritation where that pedicle screw was removed (am sure there's plenty of scar tissue there) but other than that, I am doing very well, living my life, working out at the gym, standing as long as I want to, etc. In fact, most of the time, I really don't even think about my back anymore. I rarely visit the forum these days but I guess approaching our "anniversaries," it's nice to re-connect. My best to all and am always open to conversation and support for those currently going through the surgical process.

golfnut
01-25-2015, 05:23 PM
Thanks, everyone. It's so good to be post-op and doing well. I feel fortunate and wish it for everyone.


Anne-Great to hear from you! Thanks for your update. Yes, we have a special bond with those on the forum who were going through the ups and downs before and after surgery at approximately the same time. I am glad your surgeon isn't concerned about the rods. I, too, am active at the Y and golfing and I think that can only help. It is also nice to be able to stand and talk to people without being miserable or seeking a chair. I also no longer think about my back every minute of the day as I did for probably 2 years after surgery.

susancook
01-28-2015, 02:01 AM
Congratulations on 4 years of healing! You have been an inspiration to me and I appreciate all of your support.

Susan

rockycarm
01-28-2015, 09:52 AM
Today marks the fourth year since my T4-Sacrum surgery with Dr. Lenke. This is the first January that I won't get new x-rays and meet with Dr. Lenke. I always liked the reassurance that everything looked as it should, but I guess I'll have to wait until January of 2016.
I have so many people from this forum to thank for getting me through the stressful pre-surgery period as well as the long recovery that this surgery requires. What would I have done without you? I know many of those people who posted frequently four years ago are no longer active with the forum. Hopefully, Kathy K., Ed, and Jennifer who still post will read this and know how much I appreciated their suggestions and support!

I want to thank you Karen as you were my inspiration in preparation for my surgery in 2012. It will be 3 years for me in May T-9 to sacrum. Question, do you have any neck tightness since the surgery? I have been having some and not sure if it is just too much computer or a result of the surgery.

Anyway, best to you.

Rockycarm (Jean)

golfnut
01-28-2015, 09:54 AM
Thanks, Susan. I almost feel bad when I have posted in the past about how well I'm doing, since I know there are many on the forum who have had continued pain and complications. On the other hand, I think it's important that those on the forum who have not had surgery know that there are many of us out there who are happy with our surgery results. So many who are doing well have moved on with their life and no longer post on the forum. In spite of all that you are going through, you continue to inspire others with your positive attitude (and humor!). I seldom comment but I keep track of your progress on your thread.

Marianne
01-28-2015, 11:02 AM
Congratulations Karen on your 4th anniversary. I will be starting my journey soon and hope to do as well as you.
It is good to hear you are doing so well.