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txmarinemom
02-19-2008, 08:32 PM
The PPT file is 32 MB, but it you've got the time to download, it's absolutely AMAZING. I'll try to shrink it down later.

Dr. Hanson put this (http://www.box.net/shared/static/o2lztqhc8g.ppt) together for me, BTW.

LorDon
02-19-2008, 08:42 PM
OMG Pam. I'm speechless. That brought lots of tears to my eyes to see what you, my son and everybody else on this board has endured. God bless each and every one of you. You are all heroes in my eyes.

Big hugs,

Linda W
02-19-2008, 09:04 PM
Pam,

WOW! Thank you for sharing your surgical slide show! I have said it before, and I am going to say it again. How lucky are we to be able to benefit from the new and improved technology and methodology being practiced by such a talented, committed group of surgeons? As an extra bonus, my surgeon, Dr. Rand, was handsome, caring and a great communicator! You looked terrific, Pam, even in the unflattering light of the OR suite. Looking forward to seeing your next photo installment.

Linda W.

ElleBelleCurvz
02-19-2008, 09:23 PM
i know weve had our differences, but i wanna thank you for that...its enlightening....i will nevr not wear my brace again for more than i need to XP
amazing tho, thanks :)

Geish
02-19-2008, 09:41 PM
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! I had no idea how much you, I or any of us went through. That was absolutely amazing. I cried as I watch your spine straighten out. I am so glad that you shared this miracle with us.
Thanks again, Pam.
XO
Alicia

PS: Does your hip say Pamalicious? LOL Love the tattoo! :D

txmarinemom
02-19-2008, 10:28 PM
Um, yeah ... scavenger hunt souvenier - LOL!

The nurses in the retirement home 50 years from now will get a huge kick out it, I'm sure, when it's located near the back of my knee.

txmarinemom
02-19-2008, 10:31 PM
i know weve had our differences, but i wanna thank you for that...its enlightening....i will nevr not wear my brace again for more than i need to XP
amazing tho, thanks :)

Danielle,

That's pretty much why I kept stressing to wear your brace as your doctor prescribes. I'd hate for you or anyone to have to go through that (and I did NOT wear mine like I should have ...)

green m&m
02-19-2008, 11:37 PM
wow...
That's really cool they took all those pictures.

I asked my surg. onc to take pictures but that surgery got cancelled so I haven't seen any inside view of me yet. I hope I can get pictures if I ever get fused.

as a side note, I'm amused with the power point file cause... i had to learn PowerPoint just because doctors use it so much and I work in a field where we do interact with doctors...heh.

Susie*Bee
02-20-2008, 06:58 AM
Me and my dial-up... I'll have to wait until I'm at my daughter's... or you shrink it some. (But don't feel like you need to for me... I'll get to see it sometime!) It sounds like a wonderful powerpoint though, and I'm looking forward to watching it! Thanks for posting! :)

beach_chikie
02-20-2008, 10:39 AM
wow, that was amazing! Thank you so much for sharing that!! :)

DebbieM
02-21-2008, 12:51 PM
ABSOLUTLY AMAZING!!!! Thanks so much for sharing that. That really says alot about what we have gone through....MAJOR...WOW. :cool:

The Slice
02-22-2008, 04:14 PM
Hey Pam, love the PPT presentation. Thanks for sharing it with all. If you want to make a smaller file, maybe a PDF file might work. I love the detail and clarity of the photos, although I did miss the tattoo LOL. It looks from the photos, like you got a real good correction, congratulations.

PNUTTRO
02-23-2008, 09:20 AM
I finally saw the slide show yesterday.
I always thought that I might want pictures of my surgery, but now I think not.

thanks.

Houston Curves
02-23-2008, 06:37 PM
I am impressed. Your spine looked a lot like mine, except for my added lumbar curve. I think I missed which doctor you used. Can you let me know? Thank you so much for sharing.

Ann

Houston Curves
02-23-2008, 06:40 PM
Now I see! It was Dr. Hanson. Are you here in Houston? I consulted him. He seemed very good and very knowledgeable, but dismissed some of my concerns. He also seemed so busy that he didn't have time for me. However, I would definitely think he would do a good job! Are you happy?

Ann

txmarinemom
02-23-2008, 07:35 PM
Now I see! It was Dr. Hanson. Are you here in Houston? I consulted him. He seemed very good and very knowledgeable, but dismissed some of my concerns. He also seemed so busy that he didn't have time for me. However, I would definitely think he would do a good job! Are you happy?

Ann

Ann,

Yes, I'm in Houston. I clicked with Hanson from the first visit, and NEVER felt he dismissed any of my concerns. He's one of the few SRS (or otherwise) scoli docs who *absolutely* believes scoli causes pain.

Without knowing what type of off day you may you have caught him, he has spent appointments with me just *talking* for 2 hours (I seriously had a list of like 100 questions) as if he had all the time in the world (I know he doesn't).

He's *never* made me feel rushed, and he's never hesitated to get back with me when I email him within in an entirely reasonable period (often earlythe next morning). The rumor is true ... he answers emails - and he answers them thoroughly.

Where many docs would get frustrated (you know .. "how DARE you question me ... *I'm* the doctor!") with patients who question material choices, surgical approach, etc., I've grilled him over it ALL, and he never fails to patiently answer my questions without a trace of attitude. He talks to me like an intelligent adult even though he no doubt thinks I'm a NUT - LOL.

Understandably, each person clicks with the surgeon that's right for them, and many perfectly capable surgeons are passed over by individuals who don't feel that connection.

Normally, I'd say "to each his own", but I feel I'd be remiss if I didn't encourage you to give Hanson another try (we all have off days). If I'd *ever* even gotten an inkling of how you perceived his attitude, I'd also let it go.

In this case, however, he's gone above and beyond any surgeon I've ever met in patience, bedside manner, and genuine concern. Equally important, he's very talented Hhe did his fellowship under Lenke incase you didn't know ... I didn't. Sherie told me, and he confirmed: I honestly feel like I can ask him anything.).

I've dealt with more orthopedic surgeons (mostly softball and karate injuries ... 3 knee surgeries, ankle reconstructions, etc., etc.) than most of my friends combined ... and it's entirely possible I'm more of a PITA as a patient as I am here at times - LOL! He's impressed me more than of the OTHER surgeons combined.

Email me (texasmarinemom@gmail.com) if you'd care to discuss further, and I'll be more than happy to give you my phone number.

Best regards,
Pam

txmarinemom
02-23-2008, 07:41 PM
Hey Pam, love the PPT presentation. Thanks for sharing it with all. If you want to make a smaller file, maybe a PDF file might work.

Nope, sorry, Slice. Graphics don't compress well into either .zip or .pdf format. The .pdf conversion actually made a larger file.

Apologies, but I've no inclination to download another utility or reduce each picture size, so 32 MB's it'll stay unless someone has time to screw with it themselves. If so, have at it.

Regards,
Pam

The Slice
02-24-2008, 02:32 PM
Yeah, I "supposedly" have the tools to convert it to a PDF file, but when I tried to do it, it took a long time, and I never finished it. I do have another idea that I might try (no guarantees). If it works, I'll e-mail it to you. How are you feeling?

txmarinemom
02-24-2008, 03:26 PM
Heya, Slice ...

I'm feeling better every day: Thanks for asking ;-)

I finally got out of the house the other night (just for a relaxed dinner with my neighbor ... I'll never be able to pay them back for everything they've done for me since surgery!).

~*wOw*~, was I surprised how much energy it took to wash and dry my hair without a break!

I started to put on some lipstick after I looked in the mirror and saw how pale I was (and I am NEVER pale), and then went "Eh. It'll just make the rest look worse." - LOL.

(I find myself saying "Eh ..." a lot these days!)

It was the first time I'd ridden in a car since the day I came home from the hospital. Unless someone's been through it, I'm not sure how to explain the sensation of sitting in a seat as anything other than "It feels like you're wearing someone else's back".

It's still partially (fully in places) numb along my spine, so that alone is major weirdness. You also don't realize how much the *shape* of your back has changed either until you lean against something and your back touches in places it didn't before. Yet more weirdness.

(none of this is painful ... just weird)

I can also feel the hardware in the upper thoracic area, which is surprisingly NOT the most weird of the 3 sensations.

Mostly, I just keep reminding myself every day it's only been 19 days since surgery, and almost daily I get a laugh when a friend/acquaintance/co-worker asks something like "So how long until you can walk?" or "How long will you have to wear a cast?".

Their reaction when I say "No cast, I walked 375' the morning after surgery, and I'm walking a 5K March 9th ..." is almost as funny, and as amazing to me as it is to them. This surgery IS amazing, period, and I feel very forunate I was able to wait all these years until the technology advanced.

As far as the file compression issue, I'm sure I could find a way but most everyone I know (except that Susie*Bee girlie) is on broadband. I'd rather entice her into current technology than keep enabling her (keeeeeeeses, Susie! ;-).

Off to go walk now ... I'm not technically leaving for 30 minutes, but it takes 10 minutes to get my tennis shoes on - LOL. If nothing else, this surgery has taught me better time management skills! ;-)

Best regards,
Pam

nzgirl
02-24-2008, 03:53 PM
Hi TX, it's great that you've got a gory memoir of your surgery to show the grandkids! ;) Thanks for putting that up, it's interesting to see how they do it. It sounds like you're doing really well.

Susie*Bee
02-24-2008, 04:18 PM
As far as the file compression issue, I'm sure I could find a way but most everyone I know (except that Susie*Bee girlie) is on broadband. I'd rather entice her into current technology than keep enabling her (keeeeeeeses, Susie! ;-).

Pam--thanks for the "keeeeeses" -- but it's not that I wouldn't love broadband--it's not available where I live. Some of us really live in the boonies... OK? They may put up a tower close enough at some point in time, but it hasn't happened yet. In the meantime, dial-up is better than nothing at all.

This weekend we were at my daughter's (in a real city!) so I got to download your pics. Loved them. Thanks so much!!! :)

The Slice
02-24-2008, 06:13 PM
Suzie Bee, that's great. Pam, glad to hear how you're doing. I admire the upbeat attitude that you have towards this whole ordeal. I said I was going to send more about my history, but I chickened out as I thought it would come out as too much of a "woe is me" story. It's taken me a long time to see and believe the significance of what I've been through, and that I really am a survivor. Keep up the great work.

txmarinemom
02-24-2008, 07:41 PM
Hi TX, it's great that you've got a gory memoir of your surgery to show the grandkids! ;) Thanks for putting that up, it's interesting to see how they do it. It sounds like you're doing really well.

LMAO, NzG ...

I'm sure the grandkids'll LOVE it (hah!).

My son, the Marine, was like "um, Mom, I'm sorry, but that's really, REALLY gross."

My daughter completely reserved comment until (spaz that I am) blurted "Didya see the pics? Didya see the pics?!". In the most droll tone imaginable, she said "Uh, yeah. Right before I WAS going to have breakfast. Thanks.".

(I gave birth to these weenies????)

CurvySAT05
02-24-2008, 08:25 PM
Tx-
I'm in the category that thought the pics were totally AMAZING! I took disposable cameras with me to the hospital for my last surgery, but chickened out in pre-op when the nurses tried to dissuade me from having pics taken. I REALLY wish now that I had some 'gory memoirs' of my surgery.
I also totally agree with the statement about riding in the car and feeling like you are "wearing someone elses back". I swear one of these days I am going to have a seat made just to fit my back! I can never get that damn car seat adjusted right! It feels like my neck is going to snap off one day.
Glad to hear that you are doing better and that you were able to go out with your neighbors. It sounds like you are getting some really good help from your friends and neighbors, such a blessing i'm sure.
Keep up the great recovery!

skoshi314
02-24-2008, 10:25 PM
Hey Pam,
I'm in the COOOOOOOL! camp. For me the phrase "a picture is worth a thousand words" is so appropriate in this situation. They answered some questions I didn't even know I had!

trulyaries
02-25-2008, 11:36 AM
(I gave birth to these weenies????)
Pam: This line made laugh louder than almost anything else you've ever said. Thanks - I needed that!

Houston Curves
02-26-2008, 12:29 PM
Hi, Pam. I am so glad to read that you're getting out now. That is really fast and I hope your recovery continues to go quickly.

I loved your response to my post. After reading that, I will definitely give Dr. Hanson another try! I really, REALLY don't want to have to travel to Dallas for this surgery!!! And, while I absolutely LOVE Shelokov, I rarely ever see him...I usually see Eric (who is also great!).

I will have to wait a while before I go see Hanson again though as I am currently pregnant - 23 weeks now. When I spoke to him before, he wanted my twins to be 2 before surgery. So, I'll go see him when the baby is born, but I doubt he will touch me until the baby is older. :D I guess that's the trade off. I'm not sorry for the baby though. She's going to be a wonderful new addition to our home! No name yet, but I am pushing the husband on that point! I've picked out dozens, and he just keeps poo-pooing them. What a champ. :p

Thanks again, and I will email you and will want to talk to you about the surgery and Hanson in the future. I've just got a really full plate at the moment. Thanks!!!!!!!!

Ann

Houston Curves
02-26-2008, 12:34 PM
Can you send me Dr. Hanson's email to my address at annbruner@gmail.com? I want to update him and possibly schedule an appointment for follow up later this year. Thanks!

Ann