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txmarinemom
01-22-2008, 09:59 AM
Ok ... someone in charge PLEASE - *at least* - open up the back end calendar database for group INSERT permisssions.

It's a good thing I have no life at the moment and actually had time to start a list! ;-)

I've put together as many names - grouped by Kiddos/Adults - as I can dig up for Jan/Feb surgeries. If you don't see your name or your date has changed, please PM me instead of replying here (to cut down on clutter).

Thanks,
Pam


ADOLESCENT:


swimbum
(male, age 17)
1/24/08

Matt
(rod removal surgery)
2/3/08

Sanah
(female, age 15)
2/4/08

samsmom
(Samantha, age 16)
2/5/08

Neesasmum
(Annessa, age 14)
2/7/08

Aussiemum
(Elysia, age 12 - her 13th birthday is in February, as well ;-)
2/12/08

ADULT:


MrsWh
(Hazel)
1/24/08 and 2/7/08

Diane BCSW
(Surgery #5, broken thoracic rods)
1/28/08

csc
1/29/08

txmarinemom
(Pam, age 39)
2/5/08

trulyaries
(Felicia - who's going to miss my best stoned posting!
Surgery #4, and the one that's gonna do the trick!)
2/11/08

Sharshe
(Sharon)
2/18/08 and 2/22/08

Geish
01-22-2008, 10:19 AM
I will be thinking of you all and I wish you all a speedy, pain free recovery. Keep us all posted! Alicia

samsmom
01-22-2008, 12:56 PM
Great idea to have the calendar. Helps me to remember where everyone is in regards to surgery.

Just wondering...did anyone else have to have a consult with the physical therapy department before the surgery? My daughter has an appointment this week.

Thanks,
Michele

Susie*Bee
01-22-2008, 02:31 PM
Thanks, Pam! I wouldn't have asked you to, except I thought you told me you already had a list of everyone's surgery dates... and I'm glad (sort of) that it wasn't just me being denied access to the calendar. We are making progress, though. Remember, there wasn't any calendar for 2007, so that's one step...

The calendar is a really good idea, because we can check it and not have to find old posts, so I'm hoping they'll figure out what they need to do, so we can put surgery dates on it.

Lots of well wishes and prayers to all of you with upcoming surgeries. Pretty soon you'll be in the next phase of this adventure-- recovery. How exciting! :D

trulyaries
01-22-2008, 05:09 PM
Pam -
You are unbelievable! I can't believe you took the time to put that list together. And don't worry - I'll catch up with previous posts once I come out of my drug haze. Do you think anyone will notice that you have outed my real name?? When I first started posting here probably back in 2000, I was a little hesitant to put my real name down. I got over that after awhile but by then everyone just knew me as trulyaries and I didn't see any reason to change it after the fact. But now here I am:

FELICIA!!!

Wishing
01-22-2008, 05:36 PM
Hi. I'm new but have been quietly reading the Forum entries and gaining much information and finding I'm not alone with this problem. In reading, I
noticed that there were three other members who are also having surgery in this time period: RiRi 1/22 & 1/23; DianeBCSW 1/28; and MrsWh 1/24/08, England. I think I'm in need of a skeletal transplant for a T curve of 91 degrees and L curve of 68. So, I'm praying and hoping that I'll be able to have the next best thing, spine reconstruction sometime this year. Good luck to all.

Susie*Bee
01-22-2008, 05:44 PM
Welcome, Wishing! Thanks for doing that! I THINK RiRi already had hers several months ago, and the post that showed she was having it on T&W was actually dated last June. I could be wrong though. I think someone had just continued on with that post recently. The others are definitely REALLY soon! Glad you're finding info on the forum! :)

Sharshe
01-22-2008, 07:09 PM
Got a call today from DR saying I could switch up and have both Surgeries at Jefferson, but it would be Fri. the 1st and the following Mon. I told her that was just too soon. :eek: I still have a ton of loose ends to clear up.Otherwise I would have jumped on it. I still haven't done my PAT yet, thats scheduled for 2/1/08 and 2/5/08.

csc
01-22-2008, 08:39 PM
I'm on for the 29th, if I pass my angiogram tomorrow! I've backed out a few times, but now I'm really hyped for it. So here's to hoping for the best.

txmarinemom
01-22-2008, 10:05 PM
Just added everything (I think) ... let me know if I missed anyone.

Can someone confirm RiRi one way or another?

Regards,
Pam

Wishing
01-23-2008, 05:33 AM
I believe I misread the dates on RiRi's post and believe she has her surgery safely behind her. Best wishes to everyone and I hope the surgery exceeds all of your expectations.

Susie*Bee
01-23-2008, 07:54 AM
Pam--so good of you to update this again. In December I had found a little calendar (4"x5") that I was going to use for just NSF surgeries. Of course with the holiday confusion it was temporarily "lost and forgotten"-- I have now found it and plotted in these dates, and plan to keep it next to my laptop so I'll have it "at the ready." I will try to keep it up to date and post when needed, allowing you to recover without feeling like you need to do that. Hopefully they'll get the NSF calendar working so we can use it rather than needing to post. Take care.

Sherie
01-23-2008, 10:50 AM
Just wondering...did anyone else have to have a consult with the physical therapy department before the surgery?


Michele

In general, kids usually don't require physical therapy unless they're experiencing problems after surgery. Walking is the prescribed therapy. My daughter's been walking on the treadmill to get some exercise.

Best wishes to you and your daughter, believe me, the waiting prior to surgery was emotionally the toughest part for me.

samsmom
01-23-2008, 12:30 PM
Michele

In general, kids usually don't require physical therapy unless they're experiencing problems after surgery. Walking is the prescribed therapy. My daughter's been walking on the treadmill to get some exercise.

Best wishes to you and your daughter, believe me, the waiting prior to surgery was emotionally the toughest part for me.


Hi Sherie,

I didn't think that PT was necessary either, but for some reason, they are having us go in tomorrow for a consult about 2 weeks prior. I guess we'll find out tomorrow why.

Thanks for your good wishes. The waiting is getting unbearable for us all. We so want it over and done.

Best,
Michele

txmarinemom
01-23-2008, 03:44 PM
Samsmom,

I only had a pre-op consult with Anesthesia ... and none scheduled for PT. The only thing I can think of is maybe to learn/practice logrolling before it's absolutely necessary?

Please let us know what all it involves ... now I'm curious ;-).

(and, Sherie ... I'm sure I'll be calling you over the next week or so to calm my nerves - LOL! It's getting close ... in fact Samantha and I are the same day.)

Regards,
Pam

txmarinemom
01-23-2008, 03:49 PM
... Hopefully they'll get the NSF calendar working so we can use it rather than needing to post.

If it's not fixed in the next day or two, I'll toss a simple calendar app on my own website and put a link to it in my sig.

People really need to be able to add/edit/delete their own entries since so many things can change a surgery date.

Sound okay to all?

Pam

CurvySAT05
01-23-2008, 03:57 PM
Michele,
Sam will recieve Physical Therapy while she is in the hospital beginning the day after surgery. They will get her standing, taking some steps, and eventually sitting in a chair and walking.
Before my most recent surgery I attended a Spinal Fusion Class where one of the nurses explains what happens on the floor, answers questions, etc. and a physical therapist, occupational therapist and other people involved in post-op care come and talk. It is helpful to meet with PT before surgery when you are still lucid so that you know exactly what they want you to do before surgery. The physical therapist showed us how to log roll, and showed us a few basic exercises to do while in bed to prevent pooling of blood in the legs while laying in bed. It was easier to remember after surgery since it was explained before surgery when I was not already medicated.
Depending on her doctors preferance and her recovery, she may or may not require physical therapy after she gets out of the hospital, many young people do not.
Wishing her good luck on her upcoming surgery. Praying for a speedy recovery.

samsmom
01-23-2008, 06:46 PM
Thanks CURVEYSAT05 for the heads up. I will be sure to bring a pen and paper to the Physical Therapy Pre-Op appt and take notes so we don't forget anything. Also think that I need to start looking for another treadmill to have at the house since ours broke a few months back. PAM, if I get any pointers that I think you can use as well, I will definitely post!
- Michele

txmarinemom
01-24-2008, 11:54 AM
... PAM, if I get any pointers that I think you can use as well, I will definitely post!

LOL, Michele ... while I really AM trying to cross things OFF the list, it's still growing! If I take in one more bit of info, my brain may shut down completely ;-).

I did another nocturnal cleaning/organizing last night, and I swear I came up with a whole 'nuther page of things to do (i.e., change all the lightbulbs ... I have 11' ceilings - and they all tend to go at once, get my teeny bedrail - with pocket (http://www.overstock.com/Health-Wellness/Standers-Childrens-Bed-Rail-and-Sports-Pouch/2242951/product.html#moreinfo) to hold stuff - installed, pick up the tilting laptop tray I ordered, etc., etc., etc.!).

The upside of this is I have NEVER been this organized (ever, ever, ever). I look at some of the stuff I'm tossing, selling or freecycling and have to wonder "WHY have I moved some of this crap at least 4-5 times???".

It's unfortunate it took surgery to get myself in order (and be ruthless about divesting stuff I don't use), but I'll just chalk it up as the first mark in the positive column (hopefully followed by many more!).

Regards,
Pam

crepehanger
01-24-2008, 06:13 PM
Thank you for helping those us that are not quite as crafty to keep up with all of you going into your surgeries! You are a very competent lady, as well as very funny! You're either going to keep your nurses rolling in the floor laughing, or keep them on their toes.


To all of you getting close to going in for your surgeries, we'll be here praying for you and waiting to hear back. Please send word with someone to let us know how you are. Each and every one of you are very, very special. God Bless...

samsmom
01-24-2008, 07:27 PM
Samsmom,

I only had a pre-op consult with Anesthesia ... and none scheduled for PT. The only thing I can think of is maybe to learn/practice logrolling before it's absolutely necessary?

Please let us know what all it involves ... now I'm curious ;-).


Regards,
Pam

Hi Pam,
It ended up being like a little meet and greet because the PT will be the one seeing my daughter in the hospital after the surgery. She just asked questions about the layout of the house, her school, etc. The only thing the therapist showed her was how to get out of bed. So, it turned out to be no big deal. Oh, and by the way, they were able to get the other unit of blood out of her today for banking her blood. Thank goodness that is over. She likes your idea of just having a good time till the surgery now that everything is done!
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Neesasmum
01-25-2008, 04:25 AM
Hi txmarinemom

My daughter Annessa is due to have spinal fusion surgery on 7th February 2008 in Scotland. She is 14.

Great idea about the list!

Kind regards

Anne

Neesasmum
01-25-2008, 05:25 AM
Hi Samsmom

The time is going in fast for our daughters and I hope you and Sam are coping ok. We went to see the spinal liason nurse yesterday at the hospital and she showed us around the ward and introduced us to the nursing staff. We also met the theatre co-ordinater who was lovely and sat with us and explained to Annessa everything that would happen to her pre-op. She showed her what a drip looked like and how it worked and had a book with photographs in it and used them to demonstrate each stage that Annessa would go through before theatre. She was quite funny and I ended up feeling a lot calmer than I had for ages, although I did start to get a bit emotional but managed to control it! (Annessa gets mortified when my eyes start welling up - which is quite a lot these days!).

Later on we sat with the spinal liason nurse and she spent a long time answering any questions we had and told us what to bring and trainers being better than slippers, although someone here on the forum had mentioned that they wore "crocs" which I thought sounded a brilliant idea but Annessa said she doesn't want them. She said we could bring in food for her if she takes a fancy for anything, which I was relieved to hear as I'm not sure she will enjoy hospital food. I can stay with her once she is on the ward and they will make a little bed for me. Annessa's main questions were when could she have her friends into visit and could she use her ipod! She has started her iron tablets and although she is apprehensive about it all she is coping well.

Keep in touch and let me know how things are going. I am thinking about you all.

Take care
Anne

samsmom
01-25-2008, 10:40 AM
Hi Neesasmum,

Good to hear from you. We are right on track with you and Aneessa. Our appointment for the hospital tour was yesterday also. Everyone could not have been nicer there and although Sam did not want to take the tour initially, I am so glad that we did and I think she is as well. She was in better spirits today than she has been in awhile.

The first night after the surgery Sam will be in the ICU. I am assuming that is how it will be for Aneesa, right? My husband or I will be able to stay with Sam when she is in a regular room as well.

It is a good thing that Neesa wants her friends to come up to visit. I think that will do the girls a world of good to see their friends.

If Neesa is apprehensive, perhaps she would like to e-mail Sam. She is apprehensive too of course, but she is a little older and it might be good for them to chat and complain to each other. I asked Sam if she would like to talk and she would like that very much. I will send a private message with her e-mail address if you would like.

Best to all,
Michele

Susie*Bee
01-25-2008, 01:22 PM
I was just wondering how your angiogram went--and if you're still "on" for the 29th. I know you must be swamped with getting ready, but if you get a chance, just do a quicky like "it's a go" or something. Thinking of you!

Neesasmum
01-26-2008, 09:31 AM
Hi Samsmom

Great to hear from you again! How about our two girls having their hospital tour on the same day!

Yes, just like Sam, Annessa will be in ICU for the first night then onto a ward.

I think that would be a brilliant idea if Sam and Annessa got in touch and Annessa said she would love that. I will PM you with all the details now.

Take good care.
Anne

csc
01-26-2008, 04:45 PM
Thanks for thinking of me! The angiogram showed a weakness in one of the valves so I'll be on beta-blockers at some point. I feel fortunate that it was caught. Heart problems aren't always discovered in women.
Soooo thrilled!!! that my surgery date won't be changed. There is so much to go through before this surgery. I'm all hyped up for it and as ready as I'll ever be!

:)

Neesasmum
01-27-2008, 04:37 AM
Hi csc

Good luck with your op on the 29th January. I will be thinking of you and looking forward to your next post.

Take care and all the best.
Anne

Joe O'Brien
01-28-2008, 03:59 PM
There are two new calendars available:

1. Surgery & Bracing Dates

All registered members can now post their scheduled surgical or bracing treatment dates.

Please be mindful that this calendar is an opportunity for the community to keep other patients in their thoughts and prayers or send their best wishes as they or their family members prepare for their treatment for scoliosis and related spinal deformities.

This is not a place to question or debate what option or method someone has chosen, but rather it is a time to come together as a community to offer respectful support and encouragement.

2. Scoliosis Support Meetings, Events, Conferences & Clinics

All registered members can now post schedules of important patient information meetings or sessions. Please let the community know what scoliosis related activities are scheduled in your area that may be beneficial for them and their families.

Both of these calendars are viewable only by registered members. Go to the Jump section on the right hand bottom of the Calendar Page to select the new calendars.

txmarinemom
01-28-2008, 05:00 PM
There are two new calendars available:

1. Surgery & Bracing Dates

All registered members can now post their scheduled surgical or bracing treatment dates.

Please be mindful that this calendar is an opportunity for the community to keep other patients in their thoughts and prayers or send their best wishes as they or their family members prepare for their treatment for scoliosis and related spinal deformities.

This is not a place to question or debate what option or method someone has chosen, but rather it is a time to come together as a community to offer respectful support and encouragement.

Thanks for getting this fixed, Joe.

If you'll read this thread all the way through, you'll see no one is questioning anyone (the calendar I put together is just *that* ... a calendar).

There's actually very little conflict on the board these days (pop in now and again to see for yourself ;-): That noise pretty much *ceased* when a certain member stopped posting.

And off you go, all who have your names listed in the first post of this thread - and any who don't. Let's get this calendar rolling!

Regards,
Pam

Susie*Bee
01-28-2008, 06:07 PM
Yes, thanks, Joe! Good job, Pam! You're the first one on the calendar. I visited it and saw your date, and it lets us request a reminder, which is a neat advantage. Hope everyone gets busy and posts their dates. I'm wondering if anyone can go in and put Hazel's 2nd surgery date, since she won't be able to do it... or if you have to be the right person.

txmarinemom
01-28-2008, 06:30 PM
Susie*Bee ... anyone can post anyone's info ...

Pam

Susie*Bee
01-28-2008, 06:38 PM
Thanks Pam. :)

trulyaries
01-28-2008, 08:01 PM
I'm in. Thanks, Joe. Thanks, Pam.

samsmom
01-28-2008, 09:49 PM
Got it figured out and posted Sam's surgery on the calendar. Had to move you over Pam! By the way, I have been meaning to ask you since you have thought of everything.... I have seen your "to do" list, but not a "to pack" list for the hospital. What am I forgetting? I got the suitcase out and started to pack a few things for her, but I am sure there are things I am forgetting. BTW, she is scheduled for 7:30 as well, so it is neck and neck. But Wait! I just realized, we live in EST. and you don't. She just might beat you on that technicality and be discharged first! :)

Best,
- Michele

txmarinemom
01-28-2008, 09:57 PM
Ah, Michele ... how funny same day, same time! Tell Sam I'll race her on the discharge ;-).

(it would be horrible to be bested by an "old lady" - LOL!)

I am already determined to fall asleep wishing the best for all who are scheduled around my date. Sam will obviously be at the front of that list because of timing.

Give her a big hug for me.

Pam