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mixasu
10-19-2009, 08:55 PM
Hey guyss !! I wrote a post last month saying that I was debating whether or not to get the surgery. After speaking to a bunch of different doctors and chiropractors, I have decided to get it. It's scheduled for January 4. I'm beyond nervous, but I can't wait for it to be over. I have a couple of months to prepare, so I was wondering if you guys had any tips??

debbei
10-19-2009, 09:41 PM
Hey guyss !! I wrote a post last month saying that I was debating whether or not to get the surgery. After speaking to a bunch of different doctors and chiropractors, I have decided to get it. It's scheduled for January 4. I'm beyond nervous, but I can't wait for it to be over. I have a couple of months to prepare, so I was wondering if you guys had any tips??

Hi,

Welcome, and congratulations on making a decision. That's the hardest part. The next hardest part is the waiting. Use the time to get yourself as healthy and in-shape as you can, eat well, exercise, and educate yourself so that you are prepared. This forum is wonderful at helping with the education and answering any questions you may have. You can ask ANYTHING here--I sure did. :)

LindaRacine
10-19-2009, 09:43 PM
Hi...

Best of luck with your surgery. This should be of some help in preparing:

http://www.scoliosislinks.com/PreparingforSurgery.htm

Regards,
Linda

Shari
10-19-2009, 11:15 PM
We will all stand behind Linda R.'s list.

It's natural to be nervous, and you are at the right place for any other questions or concerns.

Welcome,
Shari

dolores a
10-20-2009, 10:30 AM
Hi Misasu, I hope all of your preparations before surgery go smoothly. Also keep posting, this is a wonderful forum to help with your jitters before surgery, everyone has great suggestions and you will find a great deal of support here!

loris
10-20-2009, 12:44 PM
Misasu,
Welcome. This a great place to get all the answers you will have in the up coming months. I scheduled my surgery back in July I had to wait until November. I am now three weeks away from mine and scared out of my mind. So just ask questions when you have them and you will get great responses here. Everyone is so helpful.

mixasu
10-20-2009, 10:15 PM
Thank you all for your posts!! The link Linda sent had some great ideas. I would have never thought of chapstick. Any more tips would be real helpful... I would love to know how you guys calmed your nerves. I'm already losing sleep..

On the bright side, have any of you gotten taller after surgery? My surgeon told me I could gain 2 inches of height!!

JenniferG
10-21-2009, 02:22 AM
Do you have much pain? My suggestion to overcome the nerves, is exercise, exercise, exercise, if this is possible. Apart from putting you in the best condition possible for the surgery, it will make you think you can handle anything.

Yes, it's likely you will gain height. I gained 2 inches. Not quite all that I'd lost, but I was happy!

debbei
10-21-2009, 07:10 AM
Thank you all for your posts!! The link Linda sent had some great ideas. I would have never thought of chapstick. Any more tips would be real helpful... I would love to know how you guys calmed your nerves. I'm already losing sleep..

On the bright side, have any of you gotten taller after surgery? My surgeon told me I could gain 2 inches of height!!

Oh I had many many sleepless nights prior to surgery, and spent many of them scouring this forum. You'll get through it, I promise.

Taller??? That's the BEST part :D I am now 5'3", which is the tallest I have been in my life. I gained 1.5".

Vali
10-21-2009, 07:57 AM
Mixasu,
Welcome to the forum. My tips are to walk at least 30 minutes a day and practice deep breathing excercises.
For the hospital, i also brought with me, some baby oil. I would get the nurse to apply it to my legs (i would apply the rest), to stop my skin drying out due to the air conditioning. I also feel that the anaesthesia and pain meds do this as well. Will let you know if i think of anything else.:)

sillycoffeegirl
10-21-2009, 11:24 AM
congrats mixasu!

Doodles
10-21-2009, 02:40 PM
I gained 1.5 inches. You literally do get stretched out. Janet

dolores a
10-21-2009, 02:44 PM
Was 5'6" and lost about 2", also gained back about an 1 1/2".

shortlilnikki
10-22-2009, 01:42 AM
Hey there Max-- I want you to know that freaking out is okay, it's normal, and it's to be expected. I did SO BAD.

I want you to relax... focus on expanding your lungs with as much air as you can and then exhaling it 5 times in a row, 5 times a day or so. That will help big time afterwards. Also, walk a mile a day. You'll have to afterwards so get used to it now, and afterwards it'll be SO MUCH easier to do if you're used to it!

I just read your blogger and I swear you are ME. We need to talk... would you be opposed to talking on the phone? Or add me on facebook...

Nikki Shuman is my name.

We could really talk- we have a lot in common from what I read on your page.

I'd love to help in any way I can.

Lots of Love,
Nikki

P.S. What surgeon did you choose??:)

mixasu
10-22-2009, 08:18 AM
You guys keep saying deep breathing exercises is going to help. Does this mean that I will have issues breathing after surgery?? I don't even do well in elevators b/c I feel like I'm going to run out of air, maybe this is something I should tell my surgeon. I was under the impression that when you wake up all breathing apparatuses are out of you...

Nikki - I sent you a facebook request. My name is Jaclyn V. It's good to make a couple of friends through here :D

titaniumed
10-22-2009, 06:35 PM
Misasu
Breathing helps with relaxation.

I was on a scary flight in a snowstorm with the plane shuttering and the guy next to me said "breathe Ed breathe"

I started laughing. What else are you going to do?

Its the same thing with up coming surgeries. Try not to freak out, it really isn't worth it. We all eventually become "zombies" and are totally uncommunicative at the end, especially with non scolis who don't have a clue.

Go on a surgical diet, and eat good foods. You want your immune system strong. This is important.

I gained 4 inches in height.

Good luck
Ed