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debbei
12-04-2008, 05:57 PM
I guess I've been a little nervous the last few days, but had good news today. My curves were originally both 66 degrees. The top is now 35, and the bottom is now 30. My incision looks 'incredible', aparently. LOL He asked the NP to check if they had a plastic surgeon close up, but I don't think it was--just some really talented regular Dr. on his team.

ALL restrictions are lifted. I can use the treadmill. YEAH!!! I will start PT 3x per week to learn what kind of exercises I can do, and then I can do at home. . I need some stretching of my left shoulder because I've got some tight muscle spots under there that have been painful. I am permitted to drive. He said that it is legal to drive on pain meds as long as I don't feel sedated, which I don't. I will start easy. I'm not working, so it won't be much at all.

My husband asked if there was 'anything' I couldn't do (wink-wink) and Dr. N said if he was referring to 'relations' (which he was), that was fine too. He said that he promised my husband wouldn't hurt me. BWHAAAHAAAAHAA I will go back in 3 more months for more Xrays.

Then we went to see the Christmas Tree at Rockerfeller Center. With all the Christmas hub-bub in NYC, I started to get a little emotional walking around. Who knew, 6 months ago when I was all flipped out over this, that after only 7 weeks I'd be doing so well. My husband walked me into a jewelers and bought me a REALLY nice piece for Christmas that I've been wanting for a while now. It will always have special memories from this time. We had a nice lunch, walked to the train station (I needed to get my walking in today) :) and then took the train home. I layed down for an hour, but feel much better now. I guess I wasn't as exhausted as I thought I was!

Once I can get some pictures off my husband's cell phone, I'll post the Xrays. I am very happy. I think my parents will probably leave for home this weekend. They've been here for almost 2 months!

debbei
12-04-2008, 06:07 PM
Oh almost forgot--

I've got 3 hooks in the thorasic area, and screws elsewhere. I was a little surprised about the hooks. Is there more of a problem with them coming un-done afterwards?

Susie*Bee
12-04-2008, 06:10 PM
Debbe-- that's all such great news! I'm so glad it all has gone so well for you. Your parents have been great to be there helping out for so long, but it will probably feel good to be back on your own again, with your own privacy and space, if you know what I mean. Just pace yourself and prioritize as needed. ;) Thanks for sharing!

Geish
12-04-2008, 08:29 PM
Debbe,
Glad things are going so well for you. I have several hooks in the thoracic region, eight I believe. My understanding is they used the hooks on me because of the size of the vertebrae in that area. I could be wrong mind you. And so far my hooks are hanging on just fine. Stay strong and keep doing well.
Geish

JenniferG
12-04-2008, 09:30 PM
Wonderful news, Debbe. And so nice to hear another success story.

May all of us on *this* side of surgery have such a great recovery!

CHRIS WBS
12-05-2008, 09:25 AM
Thanks for sharing your good news, Debbe, and congratulations. I also have hooks in my thoracic vertebrae (similar to Geishís) and Iím going to ask my doctor when I see him next month why he used hooks in place of screws. Iíve been in touch with a 62-year-old woman who had surgery by Dr. Bridwell 18 months ago and he too used hooks in her thoracic vertebrae. And while he stated that screws are the preferred choice, her thoracic vertebrae were just too small to withhold them. I suspect thatís why hooks were used on me as well. Chris

JoAnn5
12-05-2008, 09:53 AM
OH Debbe... i'm so glad for you that all is going so well. You should be very proud of your strength and effort. Won't it be great to return to your normal routines and life without pain? Best wishes to you and your family!

loves to skate
12-05-2008, 12:38 PM
Congrats Debbei, I am so happy that you are doing so well. In spite of being so terrified before the surgery, it is your courage and the grace of God that got you through it. Three cheers for you! Sally

Peachy
12-05-2008, 03:03 PM
Oh, Debbe, what a beautiful report! I'm so happy for you!

What a fantastic day you had! A trip to the "city" during Christmas season, an excellent report from your doctor, and then a stop at a jewelry store for a new bauble! Could it get any better?!!

I'm going to show your note to my husband in hope that he'll get an idea for a little "shopping" while we're up there. :p

Hugs to you,
Anne

debbei
12-05-2008, 05:01 PM
Anne,

Yes pelase show your hubby. LOL Mine always gave me a big jewelry gift after the birth of each child. I think this fusion surgery definely qualifies as another bauble-giving opportunity. :)

Let me know how things are going with you when you have a chance, and Merry Christmas to you and your hubby.

discombobulated
12-05-2008, 05:30 PM
YAY for you, Debbe! :D

I'm so glad you're doing fantastically. Best wishes for your continuing recovery - & yes, getting through a Big surgery definitely deserves Big reward ;)

Happy Christmas/other Holiday to all :)

debbei
12-05-2008, 06:32 PM
I like the one hubby snapped of Dr. N measuring the new films.

Susie*Bee
12-05-2008, 06:52 PM
Debbe- thanks so much for sharing the pics-- they speak loudly of the success of your surgery, if you know what I mean. That should impress those looking from the other side of the surgery. You are so much straighter than before. Hooray! :)

trulyaries
12-05-2008, 06:55 PM
Congratulations, Debbe. That was quite the trip to NYC! And it's nice to put a face to the name. You look happy!

We've been working in PT on my shoulder muscle knots also, although it's the right shoulder in my case. I was getting a massage once a week , and that really helped. Unfortunately, that's gone by the wayside because of the deteriorating economic conditions at my house! :(

LynnMarie74
12-05-2008, 07:57 PM
Hey Debbe! Im so glad all is going good in your neck of the woods! Thanks for the pics! I cant wait to be "on the other side" as well. Wont be long at all!!

debbei
12-06-2008, 06:35 AM
Lynn Marie,

That last month is just the worst!! Just try to relax a little if you can (yeah right, through Christmas time :) ). It will come and go before you know it. Good luck to you!

pmsmom
12-06-2008, 07:37 AM
Congratulations to you!

You look so happy! I'm so glad this went well for you and you got such good reports.

God bless your parents, too! Where would we be without family?

Marian

debbei
12-06-2008, 07:39 AM
Thanks Marian,

My parents just left a few minutes ago after being here for 8 weeks. They live about 375 miles away and I probably won't see them until the spring. I'm bawling like a baby.

Louisse
12-06-2008, 05:07 PM
awwww Debbei
was so pleased to read your latest post about how well things are going for you and seeing the amazing pics and I too, like to put a face to a name too!
but sorry to hear about your parents leaving - but like you say, it has been wonderful for you to have them around and I am sure this helped you to be so positive and your amazing healing tremendously.
take care and keep up that walking!
Louisse

trishthedish
12-06-2008, 07:40 PM
OMGosh, Debbei, look at how straight you are!!! I am so pleased for you and, as others have said, glad to put a face with a name. You look fantastic. I am glad you had a good report and a wonderful day. It sounds dreamy to me.

I know you will miss your folks. They sound like wonderful people. Hopefully you will concentrate on your recovery and getting strong and spring will be here before you know it! Thanks for the report and the awesome pictures.

debbei
12-07-2008, 10:40 AM
Well---my parents leave yesterday morning, and then hubby and I both get tummy bugs. ACK. The first time for me puking with rods in my back, not exactly fun. At least it wasn't earlier in my recovery. If it were I have a feeling it would have been more painful in the back. I'm feeling a little more human this morning, but last night, I was miserable with chills, body aches, etc. Thank goodness my parents left in the nick of time, they didn't catch it, and hopefully will not! Our 3 kids are still ok yet too, this was a very wierd one.

Susie*Bee
12-07-2008, 12:19 PM
What a bummer for you, Debbe. I'm so sorry about the stomach bug! :eek: Hopefully no one else will come down with it. Hope you're able to just rest and take it easy.

I also wanted to say I understand about the tears when your parents left. I always got teary eyed when mine would head home to CA from visiting here in IN. Visits were few and far between. I don't think I came across that way at all in what I originally posted... Thinking of you and sending hugs, Susie