View Full Version : My Turnaround Day!

07-21-2008, 02:00 PM
I've heard from a large number of people that have had this surgery that at some point several weeks after surgery, they woke up one morning and everything had 'turned around'. They felt so much better, their mental state was 100% better and they knew at that point they were past the worst.

Well, Saturday morning was my turnaround day. I woke up feeling completely different. I didn't feel the need to drag myself to the bathroom, take my pain meds and drag myself back to bed for about 30 minutes to give the meds time to work just so I could get up out of bed for the day. I was excited to get up and face the day. It's so hard to explain. It was like some kind of healing fairy had come during the night and made everything better. And Sunday was the same and so is today!

I can't even begin to tell you all how excited I am. For the first time, I'm not questioning myself for my decision. And since you all have been kind enough to help me through the tough times, I wanted to share this wonderful news with you!

Now, my question is has anyone else here experienced this kind of change this quickly? Am I crazy? Probably, but as long as I feel this good, I'm happy being crazy!

07-21-2008, 02:31 PM
YAY Becky! I'm really excited for you! :D Mine was really gradual though, so I didn't have a noticeable day like that. (But maybe it was the fuzzy thinking that masked it. ;) ) Thanks for sharing!!! :cool:

07-21-2008, 02:49 PM
Great news!! May you continue to have many more wonderful days to come. I am glad the worst is behind you. Sounds like a reason to celebrate!!

07-21-2008, 02:51 PM
Hi Becky! I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better. My turn around was about 5 1/2 weeks post-op and it's only been getting better (unless I overdo it) everyday.


07-21-2008, 03:15 PM
Thank you, Susie Bee, debbei and Shell! I didn't say anything until today because I wanted to be sure. The change was so drastic that I needed a couple more good days before I'd really believe it.

Shell, I'm so happy to hear you're feeling better too. I know I'll have to be even more careful now to not overdo. It would be really easy to just keep going and going (like the Energizer Bunny) and then pay the price the next day!

07-21-2008, 03:39 PM
Hi Becky,

I just wanted to say that I am very happy for you!!

You sound so excited (understandably so) - it must be great to finally start to feel significantly better. I'm sure your post will be encouraging to those folks who are still waiting for that "turnaround day".

07-21-2008, 03:46 PM
The same thing happened to me. It was tough for the first 4 weeks, then it seemed like there was a 20% improvment overnight. 4 weeks after that, another 20% improvment, and so on. Graduated tiers of improvment.

After one gets run over by the "freight train" of scoliosis surgery, the improvments are a very welcome thing. You sometimes feel good enough to go and do the impossible and you need to "test" things out carefully otherwise you will pay for it the next few days.

I noticed a large improvment at 90 days post. Now I would say Im about 70% back to normal and I get the feeling that the final 30% will go at a slower rate. Im sure this will be confirmed by some of the people that are farther along.

I am still having the "bear traps" at a 2 level up high especially after sitting at the computer for long periods. I usually can walk them out.


07-21-2008, 03:47 PM
Thats awesome Becky! I'm really happy to hear you and Shell are doing great! Keep up the good work!


07-22-2008, 11:46 AM
Thanks everyone for your responses and encouragement. Yes, mariaf, I am very excited! For the first time in, well, years I feel excited about waking up and facing the day. I don't lie in bed and wonder what level my pain will be today like I've done for as long as I can remember.

I was thinking about this change yesterday, trying to define this new 'free' feeling I have and I realized that for years, I would mentally plan almost every movement I made just to avoid as much pain as I could. I wasn't doing it consciously, but I did it. And I also realized how very exhausting that is, both mentally and physically. I'm still very careful, of course, to protect my new back but just getting up out of a chair isn't a planned activity anymore! :D

Thank you again, mariaf, Ed and Brad for your kind words. Now, I'm off to conquer the world!

07-22-2008, 04:20 PM
Fantastic, Becky! (it used to irritate the hell out of me when people would say it to *me*, but don't overdo it - LOL ... :-)

I'm soooooooooo glad you're over the worst of it!!!


07-22-2008, 09:26 PM
Becky, it's very exciting to hear about your great turn around! I totally understand your wanting to wait a few days to make sure the new feeling is real! I've had a few days since my 7/3 surgery that I thought were really good, and was very encouraged, only to crash the next day...and that roller coaster is hard to deal with. So happy to hear you are off the roller coaster and I hope it just gets better every day for you.