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03-11-2009, 10:02 PM
Hi all...it's been awhile since I posted here - I've been incredibly busy powering through the long list of things I have to do before my surgery which is THIS MONDAY the 16th!!! I have tried on a few occassions to add myself to the surgical calendar but apparently I don't have enough access priviledges? or something.

My first surgery will be at Johns Hopkins hospital at 7.30. Dr. Khaled Kebaish is my surgeon and I feel completely confident in his skills and expertise. He (along with his team) is fusing from T3-S2 using titanium rods and screws including pelvic anchors. The second surgery will take place approx. 4 weeks later to fuse from the front L5-S1-S2. It's a lot but he feels waiting between surgeries gives much better results so....

We had all the pre-op stuff to do today - that took 5 hours but they were very efficient. Yikes, I felt like I was signing my life away! I'll have my husband Chris post an update here on Monday night or Tuesday. And I would appreciate any prayers and positive thoughts sent my way throughout the day! :)

I also want to say that I have been watching all those who have been having surgeries ahead of me and my thoughts and prayers have been with you.

Looking forward to posting news from the 'other side!!'

always smilin'
03-11-2009, 10:37 PM
Wow Julie! SOunds like a long haul. I will send positive thoughts and prayers your way this week! (By the way - I have a great feeling about your surgery - it's near St. Patrick's Day - the luck of the Irish will be with you!)

Best wishes - hang tough

03-11-2009, 10:44 PM
Good luck Julie,

I noticed that you wore the lovely Milwalkee brace in the 70's like I did too. ICK. Your current Xray looks a lot like my pre-op one did too. I know you will do well. I'm looking forward to reading your update.

Stay calm!!

Nancy Joy
03-11-2009, 11:17 PM
Julie- my prayers and best wishes will be with you. I, too, had 2 surgerys a month apart. I am glad you have such confidence in your Dr. That makes it all so much easier!

03-11-2009, 11:33 PM

Ive been wondering when you were going to post again. Thanks for letting us know.
Everything will be fine. I will be thinking of you on Monday


03-12-2009, 05:33 AM
Yes, Julie-- our thoughts and prayers are with you. I just added your first surgery on to the thread with January, February, March surgeries... and then also entered the info into the regular (official) surgery calendar. It has to be approved by a moderator but should appear within a day or two. I figure you are busy enough with getting ready so I just entered it instead of trying to explain about it. Hope that's ok with you! Hugs, Susie

03-12-2009, 05:47 AM
Julie, I also am scheduled for surgery this MONDAY, the 16th!!! Just think....we will be in this together. The support from this site is incredible. Today is my last day of work until the surgery as I have a lot to get done as well.

Good luck to you!!!

03-12-2009, 06:36 AM
Best of luck to both of you. It will all be okay!

loves to skate
03-12-2009, 02:30 PM
My best to you both also.

03-12-2009, 06:09 PM
Khaled Kebaish gonna put the kybosh on your spine. Have a great correction and a swift recovery :)

03-12-2009, 08:48 PM
March is a busy one! I'm 2 weeks after on the 30th. This waiting is really awful. Very best of luck to you Julie and to Rachel too. I'll be following your updates with great interest. Will be thinking of you and praying for a great outcome and recovery. Janet

03-13-2009, 03:02 PM
Thank you everyone for the kind words and offers of support. You know, everything I have learned from this site and being able to read posts from so many people here has helped me so much. So thank you to all you frequent posters (you know who you are!) and occassional posters such as myself who help pave a road that could be a really scary place to travel. It's great that you give of your time, experiences, stories and advice to those of us coming after you.

I quit work 3 weeks ago - I needed time to get some things done and frankly I just didn't have the energy or was hurting so bad in the evenings that I was really stressing about my 'list.' Then my husband arranged a trip to Key West & Key Largo, FL which was fabulous. It was cool a bit of the time, or I should say the water was! We had planned to dive some in the Key Largo area but in the end he went without me because I was sneezing and had a scratchy throat and felt a cold was eminent so the last thing I needed was to sit on a dive boat chilled to the bone from 70* water. :-( after the surgery I can still dive, just a different entry and suit up. It was still a great time alone with hubby and few kid distractions (just other people's!).

Just got back from the salon - got my hair cut short for the recovery phase and last night I finished the quilt I have been working on. It's made from my mom's (passed away 3 years ago) 'Walking Kansas' t-shirts (the blocks) with flannel for the backing and front borders. Very cozy and it means a lot to me to have a little piece of her with me as I recover.

I must say mostly I feel so very hopeful and if I let myself I actually feel excited by the prospect of a straighter back, no more progression AND hopefully waaaaaay less pain. Today we got our insurance confirmation letter and gosh, THAT's a sobering bit of info isn't it? Course I don't know what it all means - Glad the dr.'s office made the arrangements 'cuz I have no idea what all the codes stand for!

Sorry this is a long post - guess I'm making up for the posts that I didn't send the past few months.

03-13-2009, 03:24 PM
Rachel and Julie,

All the best to you on Monday for a successful surgery. Time goes so quickly that before you know it, youíll be reporting about all the post-op progress youíre making. Julie, I too got my hair cut short before my surgery. I did not want to deal with it while recovering, and since it was summer I would just wash it and let it dry outdoors in the sun. I was losing hair for about three months following surgery from the anesthesia, but now Iíve got more hair than I know what to do with.

God bless you both.