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Ginger W.
09-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Dear Friends,

I promised to report on first post-op appointment in with Dr. Boachie in New York City.

Well, THE TRIP didn't happen.

However, I DID see Dr. Boachie after a Scoliosis Research Society conference in Utah.

He said I looked great, but I need to mail him some up-to-date x-rays.

There's more to the story, but I'm going to refer you to my blog, which tells it all, with photos to boot - http://gingerinrecovery.blogspot.com/

Thanks to all of you who contributed your ideas about what should happen at a 4-month post-op appointment - another thread. I appreciate your experience and knowledge!

Nancy Joy
09-18-2008, 04:12 PM
How funny, Ginger- I just sent you a message that I had gone there. To everyone else, creative Ginger has done it again. Go see!!!!!

Jacque's Mom
09-18-2008, 04:21 PM
Isn't that terrific! What a great story this is. I love reading your blog. Who would have ever thought you'd be making breakfast for Dr. Boachie - now that's a riot! AND the best part is you saved lots of money. I hope he didn't charge you to see your back - haha! I'm glad you are doing so well. Keep up the good work. Regards, LYNN

debbei
09-18-2008, 04:30 PM
OMG Ginger, I just checked your blog earlier today wondering about your appointment. How FABULOUS that you could whip up such a wonderful breakfast/excusion/hike for Dr. B and his assistants. He looks so cute in those surroundings, and you, as always, look INCREDIBLE!

I'm glad that he said you look to be doing well. And OMG to your brother's house!! Is this the brother who insisted you find the best Dr.?

debbei
09-18-2008, 04:34 PM
I just read the part about Dr. B suggesting that you go with him to Africa to be part of their support team. Oh Ginger, that would be so perfect for you. You are such a generous giving person, and they would be lucky to have you over there.

I only wish that one day I could meet you in person because you have been such an inspiration and joy to me.

Susie*Bee
09-18-2008, 05:00 PM
Ginger-- what a delightful blog entry! That is sooooo cool :cool: that you had such a unique appointment with Dr. B. And no wonder he would like you to go to Ghana! Breakfast sounded super-- and you can improvise (no gas!) with no notice! You would be wonderful as a support for the workers-- and your smile would encourage everyone who saw it. :) Keep us posted on WHEN (not IF) you go. I'm betting on you to follow through with it... ;)

Thanks for sharing with us all. I was just about to email and ask how the flight went. BTW-- that is some house of your bros! You have quite a family!

Qikdraw
09-18-2008, 05:17 PM
Loved the story! Its great you have such a wonderful doctor to see as well. :D

Brad

Ginger W.
09-18-2008, 05:21 PM
Yes. That's quite the home! And YES! That's the brother who harassed me into finding the best doctor and taking care of my problem. Actually all of my MANY siblings were supporting me with my surgery. I was fortunate in that regard.

WOW! It's great to get your supportive comments!

I just want to add that Dr. Boachie is a kind and humble man. I really experienced those qualities when he was in Utah. I do hope that some of you will consider donating to FOCOS, his non-profit foundation for spinal surgeries (lots of scoliosis) in Africa. Already, I've had a friend email me and say that she donated and I only posted the blog a few hours ago.

If you have experienced scoliosis pain, you may want to consider helping others who have no resources to address their problems. The surgeons and the instrumentation are donated and so the costs are a fraction of what we'd pay in a 1st World country. GO HERE (http://www.orthofocos.org/sponsorsurgery.asp) to see the children in Africa who need surgery.

loves to skate
09-18-2008, 06:25 PM
Hi Ginger,
That is an amazing story. Your blog is so awesome that I had to show it to my husband. Of course, he liked your brother's private jet the best. You are one lucky gal to have found a Dr. so thoughtful as to call you on the telephone to tell you not to bother to fly to NYC. It gives new meaning to house calls. As Suzie says, let us know when, not if, you go to Ghana with your Doctor. BTW, you do look great. Sally

Ginger W.
09-19-2008, 10:53 AM
Gee, I'm getting a LOT of encouragement here to actually take that trip to Ghana! Do remember that I'm a retired childcare center director. I'd probably have to come up with a plane ticket. Maybe I can hit up my big brother, although he's helped me SO MUCH with the surgery that I feel like I'm "maxed out" on that front. So, I'm going to have to get creative.

I'm also going to need my energy to come back!!! I can emjoy a fun and active day with my doctor ( and his research assistants) and do FINE, but then I had to literally go into hibernation for a day and a half. It's so interesting how there simply AREN'T the reserves and I don't bounce back as quickly as I did before surgery.

I DO see progress. It's just so gradual. Now I can hike two miles round-trip on a steep canyon trail AND have some energy to do other things during the day. I've been able to do that hike for more than a month, but it completely wiped me out in the initial phases. I have to look back and compare in order to recognize my progress.

nate03
09-19-2008, 02:12 PM
Hi Ginger - What an amazing story - very inspiring! I spent quite a bit of time on the FOCOS Website, and it got me thinking.
A while back some of the kids here had a thread discussing about what they want to do with their braces when they don't have to wear them anymore. I contacted FOCOS today and am going to start collecting braces to be sent down for the Spring 2009 mission. If anyone is interested in donating their brace, please email me at carawinslowvbs@comcast.net

Thanks Ginger for bringing this amazing group to our attention!
-Cara

Ginger W.
09-21-2008, 12:25 AM
Cara -

That's truly brilliant! What a fabulous idea!

We can all do SOMETHING to help our 3rd World friends with scoliosis have a crack at a good life.

And . . . it helps US feel better too! Even if we simply send a few dollars to fund supplies so that another child can receive surgery, then we've done SOMETHING to benefit others with this crippling condition.

Cara, you are an example of someone who stands up and takes action.

loves to skate
09-21-2008, 06:40 PM
Cara,
Great idea. Would there be a use for a spine stim? It requires a charger. What about electricity and would it be AC or DC or wouldn't you know?
Sally

nate03
09-22-2008, 01:12 PM
Hi Sally,
I'm not sure. I have gotten a couple of other offers for various items. I will get a list of the items together and ask if they could be used. I will let you know what they say.
Thanks,
Cara

trishthedish
09-23-2008, 03:08 PM
Wow, what a fantastic blog and what a wonderful story! I hope you are able to go to Ghana. That would be something to remember for a lifetime. And what better cause? Thanks for the link to the FOCOS website. If we all could chip in a few $, we could really make a difference =)

Ginger W.
09-23-2008, 11:13 PM
Thanks, Trish!

Sally, I bet your Spine Stem would be a great item for donation. FOCOS needs all kinds of things. I am getting my brother to donate boxes for packing medial supplies, because he has a company that makes them.

Here is the FOCOS contact information

The Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine
P.O. Box 665, Lenox Hill Station
New York, NY 10021 USA
Tel: 212 774 2663
Fax: 212 794 2562
http://www.orthofocos.org/

You can also ask them by email. info@orthofocos.org;

Good luck!
Ginger