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txmarinemom
02-17-2008, 01:22 PM
"IT" finally happened, and while I had EVERY intention of keeping "IT" private, a few observations must be voiced, and THEN, *truly* I am done.

I will not speak of this again. Ever. Not under duress, threat, torture or intoxication. Infact, anyone reading this on archives, I didn't even write this ... it was one of those Susie/Suzy girls - or maybe trulyaries. Watch out for those women ... they're obsessed with the topic ;-).

1.) Things started badly when I dropped the book in the toilet (yes, BEFORE). Thank goodness I go nowhere without my grabber. I ended up not needing my book anyway, as I used this peaceful (my A**!), reflective time for prayer (mostly that I'd die).

2.) I had surgery Feb 5th! How is storage capacity of this magnitude even possible????

3.) Sherie, I love you for bringing fiber laden groceries. Really, really, REALLY. Sheena, I love you for not snickering (at least audibly) knowing what was in my future. Your Momma raised you right - LOL.

4.) They warn you when you leave the hospital about lifting a gallon of milk and not THAT? Logic, someone? Anyone???

OMG, please tell me that marks some milestone, and I'll be doing the Tango tomorrow ... or at least no longer walking like a character from "Shawn of the Dead".

I need a nap.

Geish
02-17-2008, 04:09 PM
LOL

We all know this milestone and are relieved by IT. I still get happy when things go smoothly. I still don't think everything is the way it should yet, so IT always makes my day! I must say that for me the real milestone came when I could accomplish this feat and all that IT entails all by myself as I am fused to the sacrum and there is absolutely no bending at all!

Suzy
02-17-2008, 04:59 PM
OMG Pam,

I laughed so hard it threw me into a coughing fit where I fully expected my lungs to appear at any moment. (I have been sick in bed with the flu for the past 5 days.) I told you there was joy in "IT!" I am not obsessed with "IT" just honest about "IT." Congratulations?!? LMAO!! I actually was thinking of you as I have been laying in bed sick. I would rather be recovering from my back surgery all over again then have this flu.... Suzy

Sherie
02-17-2008, 06:50 PM
Hey Pam

Sure, anytime. Next time I'll bring you some Metamucil and shredded wheat.

I almost lost "IT" reading your post! I swear, Sheena didn't have this happen to her or I would have warned you about it. You started eating as soon as they closed you up, Sheena didn't eat hardly a thing for 2 weeks, could have something to do with it???

txmarinemom
02-17-2008, 06:52 PM
Aw, sorry about the flu, Suzy girl.

(Mom voice here -very practiced since I think I must have asked my 18 year old daughter something stooooopid like 156 times in the last 2 months ...) "Did you get your flu shot, Suzy?".

She never got it, BTW - and she's now screwed around too long to fess up if she gets it. Someone please, PLEASE tell me the purpose of age 18. I've yet to find any quasi-pleasant quality ...

My 20 year old Marine (not long ago a non-vaccinated 18 yr old dumba** himself) has no choice in shots ... flu or otherwise.

One of the funnier lines they told them in bootcamp "Your name is now "Next".".

They actually gave them all some live, attenuated super-version of FluMist with some other crap mixed in. Who knows what it was, but they were all zonked out for 4-5 days. Better stateside than in the field I s'pose.

txmarinemom
02-17-2008, 07:11 PM
Hey Pam

Sure, anytime. Next time I'll bring you some Metamucil and shredded wheat.

I almost lost "IT" reading your post! I swear, Sheena didn't have this happen to her or I would have warned you about it. You started eating as soon as they closed you up, Sheena didn't eat hardly a thing for 2 weeks, could have something to do with it???

Not the Metamucil and shredded wheat, again, Mommy ... I promise I'll be good ...

... ~whimper~ ...

samsmom
02-17-2008, 07:27 PM
OMG Pam! I am hysterical reading your posts. Samantha had "problems' like you as well. I finally opened metamucil capsules and mixed them in a bowl of oatmeal, then covered it with cinnamon to hide the taste. That FINALLY did the trick!
Hope you're doing well. FYI, Sam is now off all meds except Advil. She finally has turned the corner and was her old self this afternoon.

Best to everyone,
Michele

skoshi314
02-17-2008, 09:30 PM
:( Ok, ladies, I like to be a part of "The Cool Kids Club" like everybody else, but "The IT Club" doesn't sound like it's all that much fun! I used to be afraid of so many things pertaining to surgery, like the pain, the long recovery, not being able to wash my hair for 9 days, but now IT has me terrified! And I'm not even scheduled for surgery yet! Hopefully Ill be scared sh**less!

txmarinemom
02-18-2008, 05:32 AM
:( Ok, ladies, I like to be a part of "The Cool Kids Club" like everybody else, but "The IT Club" doesn't sound like it's all that much fun! I used to be afraid of so many things pertaining to surgery, like the pain, the long recovery, not being able to wash my hair for 9 days, but now IT has me terrified! And I'm not even scheduled for surgery yet! Hopefully Ill be scared sh**less!

Hey, wait! I'm TEN days out now ... I can wash my hair?? I need to call Hanson's office anyway, so I'll ask!

I tried Sherie's "cut holes in a trashbag and tape the neck sealed to within an inch of asphyxiation" trick a few days ago and it worked great. Dressing she'd so kindly retaped for me days before stayed dry. Unfortunately, I ran out of energy before I dried my hair so it looks exactly like it did pre-washing. Bummer!

Becky, take "the IT Club Initiation" story as intended ... a wacky tale just begging for a bit o' embellishment.

I really did knock my book in the toilet. Any story that starts with "In a race against time, our heroine checked the lock on her grabber and began to furiously fish, thinking *thank GAWD* it's a paperback ..." is just too good to leave unpenned :).

Although I swore in my initial post I'd not speak of this again under " ... duress, threat, torture or intoxication ..." (I can't make "not enough coffee" fit any of those, really - *sigh), I feel I must revisit the subject since I've unduly freaked you out.

It seems I read you have kiddos (3, perhaps?) and I assure you it is nothing, nothing, NOTHING compared to the after of giving birth. You did that, you'll be fine, babe.

They'll start you on a "softener" (that term just disturbs me somehow - major heebie jeebies) in the hospital, and actually it's over the counter (i.e., you might be able to start taking it before hand (you'd have to ask). If you tell you doctor why you're asking he'll probably suggest you find new friends.

Others here have suggested finding a "routine" that works for you before surgery (and I cannot even convey how creeped out I am to be speaking of this!!)

Sherie had a valid point about not eating everything in the whole dayum hospital from the second you open your eyes post op. That was um, probably less than prudent on my part.

Honestly, aside from the fact I weigh 105 lbs and NINE DAYS of food FIT (and not uncomfortably, which is the scariest part ... what the hell could be going on in there of which I'm unaware??), and I haven't spent that much time in my bathroom since I recaulked, it wasn't what I'd consider traumatic.

Just funny as "IT".

(... and trust me, the hair marinating is far more disgusting ;-)

LorDon
02-18-2008, 08:38 AM
LMAO Pam!!!!

mariaf
02-18-2008, 10:37 AM
Someone please, PLEASE tell me the purpose of age 18.

If you get the answer, Pam, I'd pay good money to hear it :)

skoshi314
02-18-2008, 10:52 AM
Thanks, Pam! In all honesty after having birthed 3 children and 2 kidney stones and having been marrried for almost 22 years (OMG that sounds like SUCH a long time when you say it!) it's gonna take a little more than IT to scare me. As most of you can affirm, after dealing with the pain of scoliosis for any length of time, I'm willing to put up with it if I'm gonna feel better eventually. BTW, my eldest is 17 (female) and I've been wondering since about age 6 what I did to my parents that merits having to 'pay for my raising"! I echo mariaf, and if you have some type of ephiphany, I beg of you to share, share, share!

rosie1108
02-18-2008, 11:24 AM
The day after surgery, I HAD to get up and walk to the bathroom because the antibiotics (I assume, since I've had the issue before) gave me really bad diarrhea that lasted 3 or 4 days! Worst of all, I couldn't bend to wipe very well, so my husband of 2 months did it for me with these baby wipe looking things! I have never even peed with the door open or with him in the room before... :o

Being all drugged up and having your new husband glove up and wipe you seemed like a low point in my life...It all got even better when I *unexpectedly* started my period the second day of all this... The hospital gave me some pads that looked like they were from 1980 :eek: , so I quickly called my sister and had her stop on the way to visit me.

Maybe you should consider yourself fortunate.

Roseann

txmarinemom
02-18-2008, 11:49 AM
OMG, Rosie ... I am furiously drying my laptop keyboard after blowing a mouthful of water on it ... I'm sorry for laughing ... but ... I ... can't ... stop!!!

I can't even begin to imagine how to explain "the incident" to Dell Warranty Support.

BTW, I have to say - on the topic of spontaneous menstruation after surgery, the year round pill kept mine at bay. I just take a low dose (non-phasal) pill every day, and always skip the last week. Worked like a champ!

samsmom
02-18-2008, 09:04 PM
I have been helping Sam shampoo her hair in the shower all week. She has been taking showers everyday since she got home last Monday. The hot water really seems to help her back pain. In just reading your postings I'm thinking that maybe I misunderstood the doctor and she wasn't supposed to get her back wet. I was a little loopy from lack of sleep when he gave us the discharge instructions, so that is a definite possibility. HELP PLEASE. Tell me what your surgeons said. Good news is she is still together!!!
- Michele

sccrm08
02-18-2008, 09:14 PM
Michele,

I was allowed to shower as soon as I went home at 10 days, but my husband had to put waterproof bandages down my back everytime i showered. We were not allowed to get it wet until the stitches were removed.

Geish
02-18-2008, 09:24 PM
I have been helping Sam shampoo her hair in the shower all week. She has been taking showers everyday since she got home last Monday. The hot water really seems to help her back pain. In just reading your postings I'm thinking that maybe I misunderstood the doctor and she wasn't supposed to get her back wet. I was a little loopy from lack of sleep when he gave us the discharge instructions, so that is a definite possibility. HELP PLEASE. Tell me what your surgeons said. Good news is she is still together!!!
- Michele

I was cleared to get the incision wet at 13 days post op. I'm sure Sam is going to be just fine.

rosie1108
02-19-2008, 11:04 AM
I went home after 5 days, and I could shower the day after that. They said not to allow the shower to spray directly on the back until a week or more, but to just get suds on a loofah and allow it to run down the incision and rinse it using a cup and pour water down. All my stitches were dissolving on the inside and there were about 30 little pieces of tape going across the incision. I never wore any other dressings or bandages on the incision, so it may depend on that.
Hope this helps!
Roseann

samsmom
02-19-2008, 01:20 PM
Thanks everyone,

Sam has dissolving stitches and they also used some type of glue. She had a bandage on when we left the hospital 6 days post-op. The doctor said to remove the bandages the following day and not put any other dressing on. He did say to try and face forward in the shower, but if you are shampooing long hair it is inevitable that the back gets wet.

Maybe the disovling stitches are ok to get wet but not regular. Either way we are going in 2 days for her 2 week check-up and she is doing well.
- Michele

DebbieM
02-19-2008, 02:18 PM
OK.....Back to IT!!! Im am fused to the sacrum and I am 4 months post op and I still cannot bend over to w_ _ _ . OMG :o I cannot believe I just let that out but, what if I am out somewhere and I have to IT :eek: . Then what????? How long post op until I can bend????????

Geish
02-19-2008, 05:19 PM
Debbie I am fused to the sacrum as well, but not quite as high up as you, only to T4. I was given a special tool to help me out but I don't seem to need it any more. I have no idea how, but I am just barely able to reach to take care of myself. I think it was sure grit and determination on my part. That and watching my 15 year old roll her eyes when I needed help. Anyway, if you go to www.sammonspreston.com there is a tool they sell that folds up to carry in your purse. It is item #EAA26-52 and runs $36.75 (highway robbery, I know, but it might be worth it). The tool I was given was item #E6629-01. We took the sponge off and it worked wonders with toilet paper wrapped around it. I hope this helps.
Alicia
PS I found cottonelle disposable/flushable wipes to be a blessing!

Susie*Bee
02-19-2008, 07:14 PM
Debbie-- Yes, that's a hard one to talk about for sure. I thought I would need one of those toilet aids, back when I was in the hospital. Even now sometimes I think it would make it simpler... but I do ok. Our arms just don't seem quite long enough, do they? I'm not fused to the sacrum-- T2-L4--but it's still a long way when you don't have any flexibility. The hospital had suggested that one Geish cited... and the folding one folds to just 4 1/2". Good luck!