View Full Version : One week to go!

04-20-2009, 09:23 AM
Today I'm exactly one week away from surgery on April 27. I'm really nervous and scared and a bit apprehensive about how it's all going to go. I'm trying to focus on the positives but in times like this, it gets a bit hard. I just want it to be over quickly! I'm also a bit worried as over the last week or so I've read many threads about problems with the anterior approach which I didn't know of earlier. We'll see how it all goes :)

Jo 71-09
04-20-2009, 12:22 PM
I know exactly how you feel! My surgery is scheduled for one day after yours, April 28. I'm trying not to stress too much about the problems I've read about just like you and I'm doing everything I can think of to de-stress.

I had a mani-pedi this morning and I'm going to yoga tonight, not that I can do much there. Let's just say my arms, legs, and neck thank me for the effort, but my back does not. Don't worry, I'm very careful with the yoga and I have my Drs approval.

I have so many things I want to do, but I can't get focused enough to accomplish much. And, I'm exhausted! I think it's from giving blood. The first time I gave, I was just a bit tired for a couple of days, no big deal. That was back on March 31. I gave another pint a week later and I still feel completely run down from it. I'm napping daily and taking iron to try to get my energy back. The Dr didn't push me to give, I just thought it was the best thing to do. I know now that it wasn't! I have decided not to give the third pint that the Dr requested if I were to give at all. Just tooooo worn out. ...Not the way I wanted to go into surgery.

Sorry, I'm rambling. I wish you the very best with your surgery. I'll be in touch.

always smilin'
04-20-2009, 07:56 PM
OK - girls. We will do great! Mine is scheduled also for the 28th and I'm totally manic. Can't focus on any one thing and all I can do to calm down is clean, clean, clean...weird huh? I've also been exhausted and thought it had to do with iron levels - but it doesn't (my iron levels were great last time I gave blood). I notice that I tire when I have time to think about the surgery - so it's best if I stay really busy with kids. (Kids at school and at home). Otherwise I'm a total grouch and tired.

We're going to be the amazing 3 that recover in NO TIME. I'm also anterior and posterior (YIKES) How many scars can one body have?

Jo 71-09
04-20-2009, 08:35 PM
Sounds like a plan. We will all three do great with our surgeries and recover beautifully! My surgery may also end up being anterior/posterior. My doctor is hoping to do it all in one posterior surgery, but may need to do the second to reach my lowest lumbar discs. I will be fused from around T-9 to S-1. I won't know for sure until after the first surgery.

You are right, I am tired from thinking and worrying about the surgery as well. I can't clean much though. It's too hard to reach anything below the waist. It hurts and makes me feel sick.

Keeping busy does definately help. I went to (modified) yoga tonight and I'm hanging with my sweet little granddaughter tomorrow. She's always a good distraction.

04-20-2009, 08:54 PM
I think I'm prepared but I feel so unprepared right now! Getting pretty hard to keep my mind off everything...

always smilin'
04-20-2009, 10:22 PM
Talk about prepared - I'm so manic right now that I have written handbooks everywhere for people to use while I'm gone...how to use the oven, how to use the microwave, how to turn on the TV...talk about crazy! I think I'm so fearful that something will go wrong that I want everything to be perfect for my kids - if that's possible!

I'm a bit worried about the outcome (revision T2-L1 and new fusion L1-L4) That's just a bit of a rod for one person! I told those closest to me that if things don't work out right to know that I still did what I thought was in my best interest and best interest of those around me and putting up with my daily whining:) I think I'm so used to pain right now that I just do everything regardless - although tying my shoes 2 days ago about put me through the roof! But it got done:)

Take care Cim and Jo- the world will have to watch out for us 3 Musketeers:) We'll take them by storm soon!

04-20-2009, 11:03 PM
Haha, must be pretty stressful having to worry about your family and yourself as well when preparing for surgery.

I was a bit silly and scheduled my surgery two days after my end-of-semester exams. Now I'll have to apply for deferred examinations as I'm really not in a state to fully focus on such a task.

04-21-2009, 03:08 PM
I bet all three of you will do great and recover quickly ! Sounds like all three of you are ready.

My surgery will be in late June (exact date to be determined) but it will be right after I return for a vacation to visit my boys who live out of state.

My hope is that the visit to Colorado will be so distracting that I will not worry as much. Hope that strategy works ! I think the worst part will be the long trip home.

You mentioned giving blood. I was surprised when my doctor told me that they no longer have patients give blood prior to surgery because it caused patients to have iron-poor blood requiring a blood transfusion. More importantly the blood companies around here decided that they no longer support user-specified blood donations. They charge a HUGE amount of money to do it and insurance doesn't cover. So, it isn't an option for me. I'm not real happy about that, but have no real choice. Maybe I won't need blood :o

I've been worrying about April 27 because that is when I have my bending xrays and pre-op visit when he is going to tell me what he plans to do. Now I will be thinking about the three of you on the 27th and 28th. Best of luck to all of you.


dolores a
04-21-2009, 03:36 PM
hi to you three musketeers! I've been following this thread, so endearing the three of you. I am having my surgery on June 4th, so 52skeedoo we will have to get a third musketeer for June so we can commiserate like the April guys when our time come. I'll keep you all in my prayers and thoughts.

04-23-2009, 09:11 AM
My stomach is doing gymnastics right now! :p

sed78 - I will send you a message later today

04-23-2009, 09:58 AM
:D Everything will go well....Im sure of it!!!

Take care!

always smilin'
04-23-2009, 05:51 PM
My stomach is also in such knots I feel sick! Maybe I won't be hungry at all the day before so the "cleaning out" step won't be so bad:) Luckily my friends took me out last night - a margarita or two helped me relax. But tonight and until the day I don't have much planned to take my mind off.
We'll do well - I'm sure - but I'm scared

04-24-2009, 07:37 PM
My mindset has now changed from nervousness to fear. I'm scared of the huge amount of pain I'll probably be in and I also have a fear that I'll regret having the surgery or won't be happy with the end result. Didn't sleep very well last night either. Hope I don't panic or anything on the day :confused:

04-25-2009, 12:48 AM
Well good luck ladies! I'm sure you'll do fine. The worst part is the waiting. :)

One question you might want to ask your doctor is to make sure they do not perform a butt amputation like Naptown78 (http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8768) seems to have had done. :D

04-25-2009, 11:41 AM
Cimbom, Jo & Always Smilin'

I don't know where you live, but in Indiana, it's a GORGEOUS day today. Hope you can enjoy some lovely weather today and get your mind off the surgery.

Before you know it, you will be on the mend. I'm sure everything will go well. You will be in my thoughts and prayers over the next few days.

Be sure to post on here when you can after surgery to let us all know how you are doing.


04-25-2009, 08:51 PM
Hello Ladies,

Best luck to the three of you...Things will be just fine!:)

Take care!

Jo 71-09
04-25-2009, 09:39 PM
I've been pretty crazy these past few days as well. I've actually so freaked out that I couldn't bring myself to check in here. Turns out I should have, because I'm not the only one freaking out! I'm telling you, I just run from place to place accompishing little where I go.

First it's shopping for pjs etc. then out with friends, then running to the park with my granddaughter, and the beach or anywhere, just to escape. That's how I've been for four days straight! I am also listening to the relaxation tape between. I'm exhausted and sore as can be. Eventually, I guess I should fit in getting packed and ready to go! Well, I have most everything, I just need to get it all organized.

Tomorrow my kids and granddaughter are coming for a cookout. I hate worrying them. I'm afraid they'll be freaked out by the bed we set up in the den or the fact that I can't stay on one topic for more than two minutes.

...Everyone says we will be okay and there the ones who've already done it. Hopefully they are right.

04-26-2009, 03:28 AM
Just went out for lunch and stuff with my boyfriend. Won't be able to see him until a few weeks after the surgery. Surgery has made me a bit emotional but good to get it out I guess. Going to visit some relatives now and will pack when I get back. Then tomorrow morning I will be off to have my tests and be admitted. Hope it goes well for us all.

loves to skate
04-26-2009, 09:28 AM
I'm thinking of all three of you. God Bless. Sally

04-26-2009, 12:16 PM
Sending hugs and prayers for all three of you-- and the rest of you about to have surgeries. It will be over soon and you'll have this behind you. Yay! You'll do fine-- and you'll soon be working on the recovery aspect-- much more tangible because you know what you're working on-- rather than just wondering what it will be like and how it will go, and if you have things ready, and and and... Hugs, Susie

04-26-2009, 04:12 PM
I have my bag packed and will be leaving within an hour. However, I was lucky enough to catch a cold last night so I don't know if a runny nose and such will prevent me from having the surgery. I really hope not as I don't want to doing the waiting thing all over again.

You'll hear from me within a few hours if it gets postponed. Otherwise, I'll probably update you all next Monday

04-26-2009, 09:37 PM
Best of Luck to all three of you with your surgeries. I will be praying for you all and thinking positive thoughts.

04-26-2009, 11:52 PM
Just think positive thoughts of a pain free future. It will come as it did for me.

Best of luck to all three of you.

04-27-2009, 10:12 AM
Well good luck ladies! I'm sure you'll do fine. The worst part is the waiting. :)

One question you might want to ask your doctor is to make sure they do not perform a butt amputation like Naptown78 (http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showthread.php?t=8768) seems to have had done. :D

:p That's hilarious!!! I had the "butt amputation" done but since my last revision, it's back and nicer than ever!! After all those years without one I now find myself checking my profile out in a mirror to admire my new found buns. One of my friends put it the best way. He said "Excuse me mam, but I think you left your ass in your other pants!"

This site sure does bring me peace of mind when I need it most. Thanks guys, Krysi

04-27-2009, 05:39 PM
The correct terminology for "butt amputation" is "noassitol."

My pants keep falling down because Im suffering from noassitol.


04-27-2009, 05:42 PM
.......assuming the cold didnt effect the surgery......hope all is going well.....

Best wishes! :)

04-27-2009, 07:34 PM
The correct terminology for "butt amputation" is "noassitol."

My pants keep falling down because Im suffering from noassitol.


You are too much! :D

Besides, all you guys have to do is add a little padding-- I'm sure no one has ever thought I didn't have one... it's more like beeganufbunsfortu... ;)

Is there anyone out there that was going to keep us informed of how these gals do with their surgeries?

04-27-2009, 07:51 PM
LOL Lynn just blew right by that one!

always smilin'
04-27-2009, 07:53 PM
I'm all set to go - leave in the middle of the night for the hospital. WIsh me luck! I probably won't get back on-line for a couple weeks - sorry

04-28-2009, 03:29 AM
All the very best to our latest round of patients! It will be over before you know it and you can look forward to healthy times ahead. :)

loves to skate
04-28-2009, 04:14 PM
Now that I've had my laugh for the day.........I also got my butt back after the surgery! Yea! That's what a little lordosis back in the spine will do for you.:D
Jo 71-09 said her husband will post for her.

05-11-2009, 04:08 AM
Hello all.

Yep, the cold didn't affect the surgery. Two weeks post-op I guess I feel good. Just having a bit of trouble with the brace as it is quite painful against my incision so I'm taking that a bit slow. Seems like it all went well. Just wondering if what it looks like now is the final result? My x-rays shows a really good correction and my surgeon said the same but the physical difference is not as much as I imagined. Will this change?

Thanks so much for all your help during the waiting process. It's great to be on the other side. Oh, and my butt is still in place it seems :p

05-11-2009, 09:33 AM
So glad to hear youre doing well....oh... and also about your butt!! lol

Happy Monday!