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Bionic Woman
07-16-2009, 07:56 PM
Well Hi Everyone!

Had the surgery on the 6th, came home on the 10th. As all of you already know, I'm still in quite a bit of pain, but it's being managed pretty well. Anyway, this is about all I can tolerate in this chair, just wanted to touch base and let everyone know I was doing well. Will give you more details later. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers.
Debbie

jrnyc
07-16-2009, 08:01 PM
for whenever you can sit up long enuf to read this...please know that you are in my thoughts & prayers...take it slow & dont hesitate to ask for help...

best of luck to you in your healing
jess

mgs
07-16-2009, 08:09 PM
Great to hear from you, and glad all is as well as can be hoped for. . .

So, tell me. . .should I go ahead and keep my surgery date next month, or should I cancel it and run in the opposite direction (the question that I ponder in the wee hours, when I wake up and have my silent freakout about this upcoming experience). . .??????

asccbodypro
07-16-2009, 08:35 PM
Debbie,

Congratulations that you are finally done. Just remember the first 2 weeks at home are the hardest.....at least for me it was. It's does go by fast though. Before you know it you'll be a few months post op! I am sending get well wishes for you!!!!!!!!!!

debbei
07-16-2009, 09:31 PM
Debbie,

Congratulations that you are finally done. Just remember the first 2 weeks at home are the hardest.....at least for me it was. It's does go by fast though. Before you know it you'll be a few months post op! I am sending get well wishes for you!!!!!!!!!!

I agree that the first 2 weeks were the worst. After that, it just seemed to get a teeny bit better every day. Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest!

JenniferG
07-17-2009, 12:25 AM
Congrats Debbie. The worst is over, and you have much to look forward to. We look forward to hearing all the details.:D

mgs, I suspect we all felt that way pre-op. I know I did. But we all made it to the hospital and to the OR without turning round and bolting, and you will too!;)

loves to skate
07-17-2009, 03:59 PM
Glad to hear you are on the other side. The angst and anxiety are behind you now. The healing can begin and you will slowly be feeling better and better. Take it very easy and get plenty of rest.
Sally

pilar
07-17-2009, 04:41 PM
Congratulations!!! you are so lucky! I still have a month of anxiety ahead of me. I want to get it done already!!!
I'm glad you are home!

lapieper
07-20-2009, 10:14 AM
Debbie,

It only gets better from here! Happy healing.

Lesley

LynnMarie74
07-20-2009, 11:40 AM
Congrats on the successful surgery! Glad all went well!! :)



Lynn

naptown78
07-21-2009, 11:08 PM
Good Luck On your healing Journey!!!
Remember, time heals.

Bionic Woman
07-25-2009, 06:16 PM
Great to hear from you, and glad all is as well as can be hoped for. . .

So, tell me. . .should I go ahead and keep my surgery date next month, or should I cancel it and run in the opposite direction (the question that I ponder in the wee hours, when I wake up and have my silent freakout about this upcoming experience). . .??????

Keep the date by all means!! Don't get me wrong, it's not a walk in the park, but I already feel better than before surgery. Some pain is more intense than before, but it's a different type of pain. Knowing what I know now, I'd do it again if I had to. Just like my knee replacement. If I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have waited so long!
Sorry you are having to wait so long. I'm wondering how many of you had to wait extended periods of time? I could have set my surgery date for a week later if I had wanted to, but scheduled it out about 3 weeks to get some things in order pre-surgery. According to several resources, I had one of the top surgeons in my area, so I'm not sure if that is what your delay is.
Thanks everyone for all the get well wishes!! I really appreciate them :D
Debbie

mgs
07-25-2009, 10:10 PM
Your words are just what I need to hang in there, as far as my anxiety goes.

Funny, but until relatively recent history, I gave very little thought to my scoliosis, which I've known about since 6th grade. I've told some people about my upcoming surgery, and to my amazement, the usual reaction is a stunned "What?? I never knew you had any back trouble!"

I spoke w/the insurance company on Thurs. The woman was so sweet, and so helpful. I'm now pre-certified for the surgery, and my discharge to the Rehab unit at my local hosp is covered, no problem. . .and she even brought up, before I got to it, that I'm covered for an ambulance ride for the hour between the 2 hospitals, and for any in-home nursing care i might need after I get home. . .and she said that both she and her supervisor wish me well and hope that I have a good recovery.

asccbodypro
07-26-2009, 11:42 AM
mgs,

Sounds like you have a great insurance company there! So many have to fight with them to get what they need. I was so lucky having my surgery done at a military facility that I didn't have to worry about expense. My doc was able to use the most expensive materials that are out there now without having to worry about the insurance company stepping in and putting a cap in the amount of money that was spent. Good luck and trust me, the worse part is leading up to the surgery and your own thoughts getting the best of you. Eventually you will have less pain than what you deal with everyday :O) Hang in! Be positive, it does a body good!

mgs
07-26-2009, 11:40 PM
Thank you all for saying the right things to help me "chill out". . .and to trust that (though yes, it won't be a walk in the park ;)) it will be bearable.

I finally looked through yesterday's mail late last night and found my pre-cert letter from the insurance co. I haven't spoken with Dr. Tribus since my consult inJune, and have since had my MRI. . .my bending X-rays and labs appt is 8/1, but I learned from my pre-cert letter that he plans to fuse T-6 to T-10 anteriorly, and T-3 to L-3 posteriorly. I'm curious to learn if that plan is open to change, and what this particular fusion means as far as recovery and flexibility.

lumbar3491
07-27-2009, 09:08 AM
Congratulations, Debbie! You and others who have had their surgery are role models for those of us who are still waiting.

Hi, mgs, my surgery is on August 24 so you and I are in the same boat. The unknown is scary but reading people's post-surgery stories gives me the faith I need to go through with it. Like you, my insurance covers rehab, ambulance, everything. We are really lucky!

We're all in this together!

Karen

JenniferG
07-27-2009, 06:02 PM
You'll do great Karen! This is the hardest time of all right now, in that last couple of weeks. Post surgery, you know it will only get better, it's just a matter of time. Keep that in mind and you'll look back and be so pleased you did it, too.

lumbar3491
07-27-2009, 06:41 PM
Thank you so much for your support, Jennifer. The people on this forum are so compassionate and helpful. A friend of mine who went through the same surgery I am having told me about the forum. I learned today that she has been assigned to me to provide pastoral care through my surgery and recovery. How wonderful is that!

Take care

Karen

twistedmama81
07-27-2009, 07:32 PM
Great to hear from you, and glad all is as well as can be hoped for. . .

So, tell me. . .should I go ahead and keep my surgery date next month, or should I cancel it and run in the opposite direction (the question that I ponder in the wee hours, when I wake up and have my silent freakout about this upcoming experience). . .??????

just wanted to say that i did the same thing before my surgery. it was ALL that was on my mind and in the early morning hours, doubt would creep into my mind...what can go wrong...and many times i came close to backing out! or pushing my surgery date back...but my support system kept me moving forward, and i am soooo glad that i did it, and in the end, you will too.

recovery was hellacious at times and during THOSE wee hours of the night, i'd lay awake and wonder WHY DID I DO THIS??? but that will pass, i promise!

now i am not awake anymore in the wee hours of the night, because i sleep much, much better! but when i do think about it, i think WOW! I AM SOOO GLAD I DID THAT...and you will get to gloat a little because it takes a very strong person to undergo a scoliosis surgery! best wishes to you! :)

twistedmama81
07-27-2009, 07:36 PM
oh and to the OP, many best wishes to you and i hope you have a great recovery...get lots of rest, but walk walk walk too! :)

asccbodypro
07-27-2009, 08:16 PM
Karen,

You will be fine! As twistedmama said, you do have those moments of what the heck did I do....usually in the middle of the night! For me, I cried because I was so overwhelmed that I was so dependent on everyone. Even once I was able to walk around at home and sit in the rocking chair my 17 month old would carry over a little foot stool for me to rest my feet on lol. I can't believe that I am 3 months postop already. You'll look back and there will be so much that you don't even remember from those early weeks.

Hang in there, be positive! After surgery your new life begins....the light at the end of the tunnel......being pain free!

twistedmama81
07-27-2009, 09:00 PM
oh wow, that was so hard on me too..learning to depend on everyone for everything.

prior to the surgery i was a stay-at-home mom to two daughters (they are 7 and 2.5) and i cooked, cleaned, took care of everyone and everything...so when i had the surgery and my grandma had to *ahem* wipe me when i used the restroom, it was a blow to my dignity!! ;) everyone had to do everything for me, and those first 2-3 weeks after getting home was definitely a shocker. i cannot believe how limited you are to do things, how much for granted people take their backs! i am a pro at the log-roll lol and i used my grabber like a 3rd arm, still do!

i feel so at home on this forum talking to others who feel or have felt or who will feel, just like me! hugs to all of you!

JenniferG
07-28-2009, 01:07 AM
Karen, I well remember how scared I was pre-surgery. When I first came to this forum, I felt vulnerable and unsure. The folk here answered all my questions honestly and the more I discovered, the more I felt in control. For me, that was important.

I'm very grateful to the members here, they helped me get through something which turned out to be the best thing I ever did for myself.