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LynnMarie74
01-08-2009, 07:57 PM
Hello! Just wanted to let everyone know that I had my pre-op apt today. Wow.....what a day! Took about 5 1/2 hrs for everything. Got new xrays...and in less than 1 1/2 yrs, I gained another 2 degrees in my lumbar curve...ughhh....just one more reason to have this bloddy surgery I guess. The Thorasic stayed the same which is good. Dr Tribus said that due to the growth & the increased degen.in T4-T5 & the onset of arthritus there, he def. wants to do the anterior and posterior. Yike....from what he says, the anterior is pretty harsh. Said they cut thru the weaved muscles (stomach?) to get to the front of the spine and they will never be back to what they were post op. He says that a lot of people end up having some "buldging" over the scared area? He said after a year, if its still there, he would go in and "smooth it out" for me. How nice of him! lol He also warned me that that is a more painful incision as well. So, now Im lookin at 3 scars....back, front & right hip for the bone graph! This is sounding more and more fun everyday! :mad: So, the fusion will officially be L4 thru T4. He says he is hoping that the L5 will just slowly move its way back to place & wants to save that one for me, again, how thoughtful! lol Had the EKG, blood work, meeting w/the anethesologist(more fun stuff...ughh) & and 6 more xrays. Im assuming w/all of the xrays Ive had over the last few year, Im going to either start glowing or I will wake up one day and have an extra eyeball! :D

Well, 6 days....ok 5 1/2 days left to go....Im ok right now....nights are very hard for me as that is when its quiet....mind races, no sleep....ughh..fun...OH! And nothing for anxiety as "they dont like to give that, its not good for you" What the......Im pretty sure they can give me something to calm my nerves!! I guess thats what wine and captain morgan are for then! lol BUMMER!!!!

Just thought Id check in w/my Scoli friends. I will post again when its closer to the day.....in panic Im sure....:) Hope all is well....Bye

debbei
01-08-2009, 09:42 PM
Oh Lynn,

I know how you feel counting the hours like you are now. It will be here and over before you know it, I promise! Prior to my surgery, I was measuring my % excited vs. % scared. What a mix of emotions.

Keep yourself positive. So many of us will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

Will someone be able to update us so that we don't have to worry about you?

LynnMarie74
01-08-2009, 09:46 PM
Yes. I will have my hubby Paul update everyone after surgery is over, etc. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers --much appreciated and needed!!!:)

debbei
01-08-2009, 09:49 PM
Thanks for having hubby update us. So, your a/p surgery will all be in one day?

sccrm08
01-08-2009, 10:29 PM
Lynn

I will be praying for you and I am sure it will all go as planned and you will be on the other side soon. Best of luck with you surgery.

briarrose
01-09-2009, 12:05 AM
Hi Lynn,

You will soon be on the other side! I'll be praying for you.

I can't believe they didn't give you any anti-anxiety medication! I was just looking through my medicine cabinet to find the name of the one that was given to me but I must have thrown it out. I'm pretty sure it was lorazepam. My family doctor prescribed it for me and said it was what was normally given before medical procedures. I think I was given 10 pills (0.5 mg)and I only took 4. The morning of the surgery, the nurses gave me a Xanax which worked great. No, they're not good for you (what medication is?), but it's not long term. I would call your surgeon and ask what he thought if you really think you need something.

Shell

JenniferG
01-09-2009, 12:21 AM
Oh dear, Lynne. It would help so much if you could have something for your anxiety. I'd be questioning that decision. It's ok for him, he's not facing this surgery!

I am already on anti-anxiety meds, have been for months. It's helped tremendously. I'll take whatever I can get to get through this thing as smoothly as possible.

You will certainly be on my mind in 5.5 days and looking forward to your husband's update. All the very best, Lynne!

Today I phoned my surgeon and asked when the pre-op tests would be done as we are planning a two week holiday, returning 2 weeks before surgery. I was told I'd be admitted the day before surgery and pre-op tests would be done then.

I asked what would be done...blood tests, ECG and a chat to a physician and the anaesthetist.

As I'm an hour and a half drive North of the hospital, this suits me fine.

Louisse
01-09-2009, 04:07 AM
Hi Lynn
just wanted to say I'm thinking of you and wanted to wish you all the best for your coming op - I just wish there was more to say to calm your nerves but I guess just 'good luck' and remind you that you will soon be 'on the other side' - recovery!!!
Have you thought about taking some kind of herbal, homeopathic remedy - we have Kalms here in the UK?
You will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers - and I look forward to Paul's updates....
deep breaths.....
Louisse

discombobulated
01-09-2009, 04:46 AM
Oh, Lynn - I really feel for you in the close lead-up to the surgery! It is intensely nerve-wracking, & I'd definitely ask your surgeon to prescribe something to help you through these last few days. It sounds as though you're in skilled hands - that are connected to a thoughtful, considerate heart. What a great combination :D

Thanks for organising to update us....I'll be thinking of you & your family over the coming days, & wish you a smooth surgery & recovery. You're right that it's a big surgery (surgeries?), but I'm sure you will do great. Remember, doctors are always obliged to provide the "worst case scenarios" - because yes, they occasionally happen, but for the vast majority of people, it's pretty bump free surgery :)

Re. natural anti-anxiety meds - please check with your doc first, as even natural meds can have side-effects & interactions with other meds you may be on now &/or post-op. The one that comes to mind in particular is possible minor blood-thinning effects, which are common for many medications - natural & synthetic. None of my surgeons have ever agreed to operate (spinal & otherwise) unless I stop all blood-thinning meds (mostly ibuprofen & dicflonec for me) at least a couple of weeks in advance.

Best of wishes to you. Do something special & relaxing for you....

Take care. I'll be thinking of you & eagerly awaiting an update :)

Susie*Bee
01-09-2009, 05:24 AM
You're in my thoughts and prayers too. The last week is such a tough time emotionally, so my advice is to keep busy doing things you enjoy. It's time to pamper yourself if you can... Soon you'll be on the other side and in the early stages of recovery. You'll do fine. I'm so glad your hubby will let us know... and I'll be looking forward to the time when you can tell us all about it. Big hugs, Susie

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 07:26 AM
Thanks for having hubby update us. So, your a/p surgery will all be in one day?

Debbe, yes, anterior 1st, flip me over and start on the back incision. Seems like a lot all in one shot, but I guess I can get it all over w/at once then!

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 07:28 AM
Hi Lynn,

You will soon be on the other side! I'll be praying for you.

I can't believe they didn't give you any anti-anxiety medication! I was just looking through my medicine cabinet to find the name of the one that was given to me but I must have thrown it out. I'm pretty sure it was lorazepam. My family doctor prescribed it for me and said it was what was normally given before medical procedures. I think I was given 10 pills (0.5 mg)and I only took 4. The morning of the surgery, the nurses gave me a Xanax which worked great. No, they're not good for you (what medication is?), but it's not long term. I would call your surgeon and ask what he thought if you really think you need something.

Shell


Shell _ yea...I know, I thought for sure they would give me some valium. I actually found some from about 8 months ago, when I pulled 2 shoulder muscles. Maybe I will start taking 1/2 of one of those as they are 10 mg, which would knock me on my behind! lol

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 07:32 AM
Oh dear, Lynne. It would help so much if you could have something for your anxiety. I'd be questioning that decision. It's ok for him, he's not facing this surgery!

I am already on anti-anxiety meds, have been for months. It's helped tremendously. I'll take whatever I can get to get through this thing as smoothly as possible.

You will certainly be on my mind in 5.5 days and looking forward to your husband's update. All the very best, Lynne!

Today I phoned my surgeon and asked when the pre-op tests would be done as we are planning a two week holiday, returning 2 weeks before surgery. I was told I'd be admitted the day before surgery and pre-op tests would be done then.

I asked what would be done...blood tests, ECG and a chat to a physician and the anaesthetist.

As I'm an hour and a half drive North of the hospital, this suits me fine.
Jennifer - thanksfor the kind words....Like I told Shell, I found some left over valium from a muscle pull from about 8 months ago I may decide to take. Shhhhh.....I wont tell if you dont! lol

Im glad you are able to take something now. March will be here before you know it. It was about 6 weeks for me, when I started counting down the days & saying to myself "ok, this is the last time I will be able to do this w/out metal in my back"....it annoyed the snott out of my family & friends Im sure, but you just cant help it!!

You too will be fine. Keep smiling, even if its fake!! :D

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 07:42 AM
again....a THANK YOU to everyone to has followed me this far & for the kind words & prayers. It truly does mean so very much.(as I sit here and cry as I type.....fyi, Im a real sap! lol)

I plan on pampering myself today actually. I have a "1/2 day spa package" that Im taking advantage of this afternoon. A nice massage, facial, pedi mani....I know I will have to take the pretty polish off on Wednesday but who care! My best friend said she would repaint my toes for me when I was passed out in the hospital! :D

I also have (what feels like) a ton of things to get squared away. CLothes to wash ( my jammies and sweats) clean my house for when my Aunt stays here to take care of Tyler (12) and Zackary (4). I wanted to print out some pics to frame to take w. me to the hospital. I cant stand the fact I will bea way from my babies for 5 days!! Ugghh!! Although they will come see me while Im there.

I have my 2 yr old cousins bday party tomorrow and my cousin just bought a kareoke machine, so I was advised that now that Im not going to be all med'ed up I can enjoy a drink or 2 and sing! Oh dear.....trust me, that DO NOT want me to sing! lol

Thanks again for listening and Im sure I will post again b/4 the big day!

CHRIS WBS
01-09-2009, 09:53 AM
Good luck with your upcoming surgery, Lynn. I had considered seeing Dr. Tribus myself since my family who cared for me following my surgery live in Madison and it would certainly have been easier on them if I had my surgery in Madison. Once they met my surgeon though, they fully understood why I chose him. My sister-in-law who is in the medical field was especially fond of him. In the end, everything worked out. Iíll keep you in my prayers. Chris

Suzy
01-09-2009, 06:02 PM
He says that a lot of people end up having some "buldging" over the scared area? He said after a year, if its still there, he would go in and "smooth it out" for me. How nice of him! So, now Im lookin at 3 scars....back, front & right hip for the bone graph!

Hi Lynn, I think should tell your Dr. you would prefer he do it right the first time, smoothing and keeping the bulging from happening. This seems to be a very common side effect for anterior surgeries. You don't want insurance telling you it won't be covered do to it being considered a cosmetic procedure! If he can't/won't do it now get something in writing from him. This bulge is pretty noticeable on those I have seen it on whether they are fit or not.
As for three incisions... NOT if he takes a minute...Your Dr. can get to your hip if he is going down to L4, mine did! I DID NOT have a separate incision for my bone graft harvesting. You are the patient and he should respect your wishes. I feel you needed to know of options to these situations as it can only help you in the short/long term. One more thing about bone grafting. Ask if he plans on filling in the graft area in your hip with bone chip as this helps to greatly reduce the pain from the graft removal.
Best wishes, Suzy

2/22/06 T-10 to L4

titaniumed
01-09-2009, 06:24 PM
Hi Lynn

You will do just fine. Hang in there. Will think of you on Wed.

Ed

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 09:35 PM
:) I know I will be okay....in pain and highly medicated that is! Hope all is well.....have a great weekend!

LynnMarie74
01-09-2009, 09:39 PM
Hi Lynn, I think should tell your Dr. you would prefer he do it right the first time, smoothing and keeping the bulging from happening. This seems to be a very common side effect for anterior surgeries. You don't want insurance telling you it won't be covered do to it being considered a cosmetic procedure! If he can't/won't do it now get something in writing from him. This bulge is pretty noticeable on those I have seen it on whether they are fit or not.
As for three incisions... NOT if he takes a minute...Your Dr. can get to your hip if he is going down to L4, mine did! I DID NOT have a separate incision for my bone graft harvesting. You are the patient and he should respect your wishes. I feel you needed to know of options to these situations as it can only help you in the short/long term. One more thing about bone grafting. Ask if he plans on filling in the graft area in your hip with bone chip as this helps to greatly reduce the pain from the graft removal.
Best wishes, Suzy

2/22/06 T-10 to L4

Thanks Suzy. Maybe I misunderstood about having a incision for the bone graph. I was slightly overwhelmed at the pre-op.....infomation overload. And I do agree w/the do it right the 1st time theory. I will mention it on Wednesday. Im really hoping it wont be an issue, but Im expecting the worse, or shall I say prepared for the worse, just incase. If its not there, yippie for me, if it is I curse Scoliosis!!! Grrrrrr!!!!:mad:

JenniferG
01-09-2009, 09:58 PM
You get good info here, don't you? :)

A few more days and this will all be behind you, Lynne. Have you started on those Valiums yet?:)

LisaMS
01-10-2009, 12:20 AM
Dear Lynn,

I agree with the others--this last stretch is the hardest part emotionally. Once you drive to the hospital and the pre-op preparations start, it all just rolls from there, and then you start the healing.

I wondered if you could talk to your surgeon about using cadaver bone or the artificial stuff instead of taking it from your hip? My surgeon said they don't do that anymore because it does weaken the hip and it's so painful. Plus he was going to need so much of it. So they ordered cadaver and artificial graft for me, and then when they trimmed off pieces of my own spine to get the hardware on there, they threw that into a grinder and used it too! I am healing very well--no complications since leaving the hospital.

I'm praying for you and thinking of you!!!!!
Love,
Lisa

LynnMarie74
01-10-2009, 12:37 PM
You get good info here, don't you? :)

A few more days and this will all be behind you, Lynne. Have you started on those Valiums yet?:)


You do get excellent info...maybe to much, but eh, I asked for it! lol And yes, I took one last night and slept like a baby. I actually got about 11 hrs of sleep which was needed as I have not been getting much as of late. Im ok now as I have so much to do here...laundry, cleaning my house, playing w/my 2 kids, etc. If I feel crappy later, Im poppin' one! :D

JenniferG
01-10-2009, 06:09 PM
Good to hear!

LeeJo
01-11-2009, 12:02 PM
Keeping you in prayer this week Lynn.

loves to skate
01-12-2009, 12:36 PM
LynnMarie,

You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sally

LynnMarie74
01-12-2009, 01:11 PM
LynnMarie,

You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Sally

Thanks again to all.......MY STOMACH IS IN KNOTS TODAY! Boy am I glad I took today off from work. Id be a blubbering fool! :o

JenniferG
01-12-2009, 05:51 PM
Thinking of you Lynn. I'm told this is the hardest part, where you are today. Be really nice to yourself. Thinking of you tomorrow (Wednesday, Australia time.) Wishing for it to be all over quickly and for a nice, smooth recovery. *hugs*

Nancy Joy
01-12-2009, 06:30 PM
Hi Lynn~~

You are almost there! I will be gone a few days starting the 15th but will sure be thinking of and praying for you. My last days mantra was "all I have to do is -go to sleep" (anesthesia)- everyone else has the hard part- Dr. working, family waiting. It helped calm me thinking I had the easy part- Ha! I am sure you will do fine. This really is the most nerve racking time- that last couple of days. You have a wonderful support group cheering you on (as you know).

JenniferG
01-12-2009, 09:12 PM
That's an excellent mindset on that last day. I will remember that. Thanks Nancy Joy. I'm sure it will help Lynn too.

Louisse
01-13-2009, 03:13 AM
Hi Lynn
just wanted to say good luck for your surgery and I hope it all goes smoothly tomorrow.
thinking of you lots and wishing you all the best
Louisse

discombobulated
01-13-2009, 05:22 AM
Best wishes, Lynn - will be thinking much of you tomorrow (Aussie time).

This really can be the worst part, emotionally - getting so close to op time! Even through post-op pain, there's the thought of "YES, I'm through the worst, I'm RECOVERING, every day will be a little better!"

You will do great...but goodluck anyway ;) Thinking of you.

JenniferG
01-13-2009, 08:26 PM
Thinking of you Lynn!

debbei
01-13-2009, 09:29 PM
Thinking of you Lynn!

Me too Lynn, you are in my thoughts and prayers!!