View Full Version : News Flash - Debbe's Surgery

Ginger W.
10-15-2008, 05:01 PM
Debbe's husband just called. According to the doctor, the surgery was a complete success!!! She is in ICU right now, but she'll go to a step-down unit in a couple of hours. They've already lined up a physical therapist to work with her tomorrow when she gets into a regular room.

The doctor hoped to get a correction equivalent to her bending x-rays. He said that she got at least that level of correction and he's thinking it may be even better.

Apparently, Debbe ordered her husband to call us AS SOON AS he spoke to the doctor. I'm glad we didn't have a misunderstanding and we actually got contacted. (Nancy Joy, I know your hubby tried. He just mixed us up with your work buddies!)

I'm so SO happy for our Debbe who struggled with her fears. Now, she's done and doesn't ever need to do another Fear Rating again!!!

10-15-2008, 05:03 PM
Yay! That is great news!!! I'm so glad to hear all went well. :D

10-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Spectacular :D

Fingers crossed now for a smooth, speedy recovery....

Man, that's Great News. Thanks, Ginger & Debbe's husband :)

Debra JGL
10-15-2008, 05:29 PM
Thank you for the update!! I'm so happy for Debbe that this day has come and everything went so well!! All the strength and determination she showed making the decision to have surgery and getting ready for the big day will no doubt see her through an awesome recovery.


10-15-2008, 05:51 PM
Excellent news! I'm so happy everything went well! :D


10-15-2008, 05:57 PM
That's wonderful news! I'm so glad it's over for her and it went so well. Thank you Ginger and Debbe's husband, so much!

Go Debbe!:D

10-15-2008, 06:25 PM

Thanks, Ginger!

loves to skate
10-15-2008, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the news flash Ginger. I am so glad for Debbe that the surgery is over and was a success. Have a rapid recovery Debbe. Sally

10-15-2008, 09:41 PM
This is great news! The waiting and worrying pre-op is the hardest part. Now she can focus on recovering.

10-15-2008, 11:02 PM
Debbe - Wow !!! I'm so happy for you that all went very well. I know how anxious you were, and then you had those nasty surprises (such as you daughter's "gift from school")on top on the normal worries.

Best wishes for an easy recovery.

Thanks to Ginger and Debbe's hubby for update.

10-15-2008, 11:36 PM

Great news!!! Best of luck in you recovery!!!

10-15-2008, 11:48 PM
Debbe & family,

I was praying for you and thinking about you all day today. I'm glad it went well, and I'm praying for an obstacle-free recovery!


Nancy Joy
10-16-2008, 05:57 AM
Hi Deb- add me to the well wishers!! I know you can "do" this (and there is no turning back now anyway! hee, hee). Will be praying for you continually and like all others- anxiously awaiting word on how it is going!!

10-16-2008, 08:35 AM
Thanks for the update Ginger, like so many of you, I too have been thinking of Debbe.
So glad to hear it went smoothly.
Best wishes for an uneventful recovery
Sending positive vibes to Debbe and her family

10-16-2008, 03:58 PM
Great news!!!! Congrats to Debbe. Can't wait to see updates. Best of luck with the recovery. Hope to talk to ya soon.

10-16-2008, 05:16 PM
Fantastic news!

10-17-2008, 04:01 PM
This is Debbe's husband, Mike. I am looking at her on the bed right now. She's taking a nap with a killer headache. She had to spend an extra 24 hours flat on her back because they nicked the spinal cord during the procedure and they wanted to make sure it was repaired/healed sufficiently before she started moving about.

Today the PT folks came by twice. She sat up and stood up the first time, but then they stopped as she was a bit nausious. The second time she took a few baby steps also.

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank all of the folks on this board that helped her through what was certainly the the most anxious portion of this whole endeavor. She knew the questions to ask, what to expect and most of all that there were others that have gone through it and are all the better because of it!

As soon as she can sit up long enough to type something out I am certain she'll be online with you!

10-17-2008, 05:13 PM
Thanks so much for the update, Mike!

Her spinal cord being nicked must have given her a fright, but it's good to hear that it's easily fixed. Please tell her congrats on the sitting & the baby steps - it will only get easier from here on in :)

Take care of yourself, Mike.

10-17-2008, 05:16 PM
Thanks Mike, for keeping us up to date with Debbe's recovery.

Very sorry to hear her spinal cord was nicked. It sounds scary but it sounds like it heals quickly?

What you say about this board is so true. Definitely knowing what questions to ask, is very important. I've learned so much here.

Thinking of you Debbe! There are plenty here on this ride with you!

10-17-2008, 06:24 PM
Thanks for the update, Mike ... tell her hang in there!


10-17-2008, 06:55 PM

Remember, these are some pretty tough times for her, and it will be tough for a few weeks. All the things that I wanted right after surgery were simple things like dealing with the folds in the mattress, which can drive a person absolutly MAD. I would wake up and I would be laying on a drain, which is like sleeping on a frying pan. The hoses drive you nuts. Its impossible to try to get a decent sleep. When you wake up from whatever sleep you get, your exhausted.

Its a lot to absorb after scoli surgery mentally and physically.

You will hear her say soon "The old pain is gone" but everything else hurts.

It will only get better

Good luck

loves to skate
10-17-2008, 08:20 PM
Thanks for the update Mike. We are thinking of you as well as Debbe. I know it isn't easy being the spouse while your wife is having surgery. It is alway such a relief when the surgery is over and you know she made it. I will keep you both in my prayers. Sally

10-17-2008, 08:50 PM
More thanks for the update Mike. :)


10-17-2008, 09:52 PM
Wonderful news that it's over and all went well!! Hope the spinal headache soon subsides and she can begin recovery full speed ahead! Thanks for keeping us informed! Both of you hang in there and don't get discouraged.

10-17-2008, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the news Mike. Hope she gets to feeling better soon! I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers! good luck to you both and God bless.


10-18-2008, 08:23 AM
Here's hoping today brings a little more progress on the road to recovery and the headache has lifted. Take care.
Thinking of you and wishing you well. xx :)

10-18-2008, 09:05 AM
Mike-- Thanks so much for the update! It's so good to know that Debbe has a very caring family to look after her needs and provide support! It's quite draining on everyone, so you are all in my prayers. Please give Debbe my love-- and a gentle hug... :) Susie

10-18-2008, 09:07 PM

I hope Debbe is feeling better soon.