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arizo
10-16-2008, 07:37 AM
well after debating for 3years on whether or not 2 get the surgery it happening 2morrow. well atleast the 1st part , and to say da least im not as worried as I thought id be. at 8am the doctor will be putting tubes in2 my chest to relieve pressure. wed will be my main surgery. hopefully I will be able to give day by day insite on how its going for me(if I get reception on my cell/and if I can move lol) but other then dat im good to go.

I got a psp ready to kill time and a couple a mags. im actully looking forward to rehab although I have no idea wat rehab will be like.

I also gained 15 pounds because I heard the meds they put people on make u feel like throwing up wat u eat. so just in case dnt wanna look like a stick.

ill have before and after piks .

Nancy Joy
10-16-2008, 03:10 PM
Congratulations! I'll be thinking of you and saying prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

arizo
10-16-2008, 03:47 PM
Congratulations! I'll be thinking of you and saying prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Thank you very much.

anyone knoe wat i can expect when i wake up from the 8hr surgery?

JenniferG
10-16-2008, 06:46 PM
anyone knoe wat i can expect when i wake up from the 8hr surgery

I don't as I'm still waiting, but I just wanted to wish you all the very best with your surgery. It's good that the nerves have eased off for you. I know you were in two minds about this surgery, but I think you've made the best decision. I hope you have plenty of support organised for recovery.
Good luck!

Jen

Qikdraw
10-16-2008, 07:03 PM
anyone knoe wat i can expect when i wake up from the 8hr surgery?

Well some of the girls here have talked about lions and bears playing and goats eating stuff. :D Most likely you'll still be drugged up pretty high.

Good luck with your surgery, and keep us updated when you get out. You sound like you have prepared pretty well for your stay, so you'll be fine. :)

Brad

Nancy Joy
10-16-2008, 07:07 PM
Everyone is different in how they "feel" at first- here was mine- I heard voices but felt nothing. As I got acclumated- a couple of moments- I thought- ok- I am still on earth- have they done the surgery? So, I moved a little bit. I moved both feet, the toes, legs, etc. and was thrilled to know all that worked. They had the pain medicine very adjusted for me but there is a sensation of the back being very stiff and the area fixed being very large.- not really pain. Learn to do the log rolling as it is extremely helpful. I did get moved 3 times after surgery- recovery to ICU, then to a surgical care unit and then finally to the orthepidic area (unusual to be 2 moves- they were out of beds and were moving people everywhere) and I took my same bed everywhere so I never had to do "transport" changes. That was heavenly. From then on, it did not get worse- just kept ahead of it with medicines. Now, of course, you will hurt but for me, it was a positive hurt because it means healing- not just pain I have to live with. I was very stubborn about trying to move myself around- mainly because I had a couple of nurses whose philosophy was- It will just hurt for a minute-:eek: well- alrighty then- you jump in here and experience what you just did to me "for a minute" Now, I have the scoliosis surgery book and that will describe some of the terms I have used. I really hope you have it and highly recommend it for everyone. Good luck!!

arizo
10-16-2008, 07:13 PM
anyone knoe wat i can expect when i wake up from the 8hr surgery

I don't as I'm still waiting, but I just wanted to wish you all the very best with your surgery. It's good that the nerves have eased off for you. I know you were in two minds about this surgery, but I think you've made the best decision. I hope you have plenty of support organised for recovery.
Good luck!

Jen


thank you very much i really apreaciate it.:D

arizo
10-16-2008, 07:20 PM
Well some of the girls here have talked about lions and bears playing and goats eating stuff. :D Most likely you'll still be drugged up pretty high.

Good luck with your surgery, and keep us updated when you get out. You sound like you have prepared pretty well for your stay, so you'll be fine. :)

Brad


hopefully i can keep you guys updated from the hospital.
i am very prepared. but not prepared for laying in bed for a couple days.
i hope everything turns up good/

Susie*Bee
10-16-2008, 07:26 PM
arizo-- I'll be praying for you too. When I woke up from my 8 hour surgery, it was like my head slowly woke up (like sort of came into being...) but my body was pretty numb/deadened... sort of like it was there, and I was a big, motionless blob. (Brad, no comments!) :eek: Ha ha! I don't remember any fun stuff like voices or animals. I just was "through it all" and that part was great. I knew I had made it. Gradually the rest of me got feeling and movement...

Everyone is different. Just expect early recovery to be hard work, but exciting at the same time in knowing you are now on that "other side" you've been wondering about. I'll be looking for your post when you are able. Big hugs, Susie

arizo
10-16-2008, 07:28 PM
Everyone is different in how they "feel" at first- here was mine- I heard voices but felt nothing. As I got acclumated- a couple of moments- I thought- ok- I am still on earth- have they done the surgery? So, I moved a little bit. I moved both feet, the toes, legs, etc. and was thrilled to know all that worked. They had the pain medicine very adjusted for me but there is a sensation of the back being very stiff and the area fixed being very large.- not really pain. Learn to do the log rolling as it is extremely helpful. I did get moved 3 times after surgery- recovery to ICU, then to a surgical care unit and then finally to the orthepidic area (unusual to be 2 moves- they were out of beds and were moving people everywhere) and I took my same bed everywhere so I never had to do "transport" changes. That was heavenly. From then on, it did not get worse- just kept ahead of it with medicines. Now, of course, you will hurt but for me, it was a positive hurt because it means healing- not just pain I have to live with. I was very stubborn about trying to move myself around- mainly because I had a couple of nurses whose philosophy was- It will just hurt for a minute-:eek: well- alrighty then- you jump in here and experience what you just did to me "for a minute" Now, I have the scoliosis surgery book and that will describe some of the terms I have used. I really hope you have it and highly recommend it for everyone. Good luck!!

thanks for the replay
when i first wake up im going to do the move my toes feet hands etc. im anxiouse. and its a mini vacation from my job.

ill look into the book. best wish on ur recovery.

i have to say with the sucess i read in this forum it was a big factor in my surgery.

Thanks to all/

arizo
10-16-2008, 07:34 PM
arizo-- I'll be praying for you too. When I woke up from my 8 hour surgery, it was like my head slowly woke up (like sort of came into being...) but my body was pretty numb/deadened... sort of like it was there, and I was a big, motionless blob. (Brad, no comments!) :eek: Ha ha! I don't remember any fun stuff like voices or animals. I just was "through it all" and that part was great. I knew I had made it. Gradually the rest of me got feeling and movement...

Everyone is different. Just expect early recovery to be hard work, but exciting at the same time in knowing you are now on that "other side" you've been wondering about. I'll be looking for your post when you are able. Big hugs, Susie

gracias:D
i hope i dont jump to conclusions if i get the numd deadened freeling and think my surgery went wrong.

im preparing my self mentally. hopefully my body is ready.

JenniferG
10-16-2008, 10:01 PM
Nancy Joy, your post about those first few moments was very interesting. I certainly feel better for reading them and I hope arizo does too.

discombobulated
10-16-2008, 10:17 PM
Goodluck, Arizo! Tack me onto the list of people sending best wishes your way :)

After the op, you'll be doped up well. Personally, after a long surgery, I slowly kinda get my head back together over a few moments enough to realise I'm probably still alive, feel just enough pain to confirm pain to confirm it, then promptly drift back into drug induced slumber ;)

That's great that you've gained 15 pounds - but don't worry too much about nausea. The pain meds & anaesthetic make some people quite ill, but there are other drugs that work really quickly to relieve nausea/vomiting. And if they give you one & it doesn't work, or doesn't work well enough, be sure to tell your nurse, because there are a few different ones to try & they work with varying effectiveness for different people. I'm an ondanzetron gal ;)

Anyhow, goodluck & take good care of yourself. I'll keep an eye out for updates. :)

arizo
10-18-2008, 02:20 PM
update: 1st part of my surgery went well. I have a tube stuck in my chest..wed is my day now lol

loves to skate
10-18-2008, 02:24 PM
Best Wishes for the rest of your surgery. Sally

Susie*Bee
10-18-2008, 02:53 PM
arizo-- I've been wondering how you were doing, but never dreamed you would post! Thanks for the update! I'm praying for you. Hope the time flies by quickly for you until Wednesday... I know the waiting can be difficult. I hope you have someone who can let us know how you're doing after that surgery. Take care. :) Susie

Qikdraw
10-18-2008, 03:39 PM
update: 1st part of my surgery went well. I have a tube stuck in my chest..wed is my day now lol

Well I am glad you are doing ok, and I'll be thinking of you on wednesday. :)

Brad

discombobulated
10-18-2008, 05:34 PM
Goodluck - thinking of you!

sccrm08
10-18-2008, 09:15 PM
Best of luck with the surgery Wednesday, I will be thinking of you.

arizo
10-19-2008, 08:03 AM
update : the chest tube is doing its thing.. draining a lot coming out 2morrow.

was able to watch my sox winn game 6 and force game 7..really brought my spirites up.

iv been eating small stuff like straberrys etc.

thanks every1 for the support.! u guys are da best


ps. im mad itchy lol

JenniferG
10-19-2008, 05:35 PM
Congratulations on your success so far Arizo. And all the very best for Wednesday (Thursday here.) Will be thinking of you.

Where is it itchy? What do the doctors say about that? I'm wondering if it might be a reaction to an antibiotic or something?

Look forward to hearing from you soon Arizo.

JenniferG
11-15-2008, 03:02 AM
And any news from Arizo?

JenniferG
11-30-2008, 10:49 PM
Bump for Arizo.:)

arizo
03-04-2009, 09:26 AM
Goodmorning everyone.

Well just giving you guys a update haven't been on for a while.
The week after the surgery I was doing ok walking and what not.
Only thing was I would wake up in the morning coverd in sweat,
I guess it was a bad reaction I was having to the surgery/pain killer.
Anyways I guess bacteria got in to my cut.
The rest was another 2 weeks in the hospital and 3 more surgery to clean
Out the bacteria. (It was a common one found in the skin) my parents and fam
Were devestated. Whenn I was finaly home I was on a pick line for 4 weeks with
antibiotics. I lost around 35 pounds in the mnths of the surgery pretty crazy.
I'm doing good now got most my wieght back very healthy and on antibiotics for 4more months. I'm hitting pt and the gym again doing light stuff getting back to normall. Doc is suprised how well I'm doing. That's good stuff.

txmarinemom
03-04-2009, 09:58 AM
Wow, Arizo ... sorry to hear you had such a rough time, but glad to hear you're on the mend. Sounds like you're doing well now despite such a rocky start.

How are you feeling?

Take care,
Pam

arizo
03-04-2009, 11:46 AM
Thanks.

I'm doing great
No paain what so ever. I'm liken it. Except for the huge scar, but I can tell
People I was in a car accident. Hahaha j.k anyways my doctor did good.

Unknown
03-09-2009, 09:36 AM
Congratulations! I'll be thinking of you and saying prayers. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

I have read some of your experiences with your surgery. I am trying to make a decision when to have it. I am 59 yrs. old and noticed you are in your 50's. When were you diagnosed and what symptoms made you decide to have surgery? How long was your fusion? My doctor is planning to fuse just the bottom of my spine which tends to straighten out the rest . My main curve is in my lumbar spine.

Appreciate any input. Thanks.