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Pooka1
10-27-2009, 12:53 PM
She attended three of her four classes. She came home instead of attending Art at the end of the day in order to finish preparing for the Geometry midterm tomorrow and to rest the injury.

She has been lucky in her recovery except for the injury.

Singer
10-27-2009, 04:04 PM
I really hope the injury is just to muscle or tissue. I think it's encouraging that it feels okay when she's sitting or resting.

If I had a nickel for every time I thought I'd done irreperable damange to my fusion during the first few months post-op, I'd be a millionaire!!

Pooka1
10-27-2009, 05:02 PM
Thanks for mentioning that, Chris.

I guess it is very easy to fret after going through that.

We'll know on Thursday morning if there is any damage.

She only took one hit of Tylenol today as far as I know so that's good.

momof2girls
10-27-2009, 05:24 PM
I am glad that she was able to go back to school for a few hours. I hope that Lauren will do as well or for that matter at least half as well as Willow.

I hope that her injury is nothing serious.

titaniumed
10-27-2009, 07:36 PM
Sharon

Now that I think about it, I had a female friend come over here around the 2 month mark, and she insisted on hugging me and I was beat. I told her, no huggy huggy. It hurts. It hurts everywhere. (She is a huggy huggy type, you know) LOL

She had a little trouble understanding this so I showed her the video with Dr Boachie in Africa. The scene where Jumas mom comes and hugs him really shows how delicate we are after surgery. She had no idea what happened with my surgery and after viewing that video, was speechless when she left my house. (That video has some very graphic scenes)

As a patient, it takes a while to accept the change, and feel out what it is that you can get away with. The little bumps,knocks and hugs can really trigger new pains. They can come from anywhere.

As a non patient, if you don't know exactly what has happened to us in surgery, and the most significant outstanding medical event that has ever happened to you is maybe having a tooth pulled, you might want to "brush up" and watch more discovery medical videos from now on.

The thing is, most don't have a clue and it might be best for Willow to show a picture of her x-ray or maybe a graphic scoliosis surgical picture. Once they see that, they have an understanding of how really delicate we are after our surgeries. 14 year olds just don't know.
Id be telling all the boys to stay 10 feet away, forever. LOL

More than likely, Willow is fine. If she had a fall or a crash, I would be concerned. After all, we need a little time for the "glue to harden".

Ed

debbei
10-28-2009, 02:56 AM
Good for Willow! I'm so glad she was able to go back. Hopefully within a few days the hug-related injury will be totally better. I go along with Ed's advice--no huggy-huggy for quite some time.

Pooka1
10-28-2009, 07:50 AM
Momof2girls - Thanks.

Ti Ed - I think you are correct (as always). On Monday, I enlisted by other daughter in a huge word-of-mouth, texting, and computer effort to get the word out to their friends to not hug Willow. People were asked to pass it on. When Willow returned on Tuesday people knew the drill so I guess it worked. :)

Debbe - She is better today and wasn't even going to take Tylenol. I asked her to do so in case someone bumps her. She has two midterms today and will stay the whole day.

I think she is going to be okay. Light at the end of the tunnel.

Pooka1
10-28-2009, 02:14 PM
Okay she is back from her second day, took her midterms, and is actually chipper. :eek:

I'm going to keep the appointment tomorrow just to make sure her injury is resolving but also in the hope that we won't have to come back for the 6-week appointment. This appointment tomorrow is very early because he had to slip us in under short notice. Willow can do the appointment and get back for her last three classes and only miss her first class. The 6-week appointment would require her missing the entire day.

Small mercies.

mariaf
10-29-2009, 07:58 AM
Okay she is back from her second day, took her midterms, and is actually chipper. :eek:

That's great, Sharon. All I could think of when I read this is that if Willow is "chipper" on any given day, then she has a better disposition than most teenage girls (including those who have NOT just had surgery!) - I don't think my daughter has ever been in a mood that I would describe that way in 18 years - LOL!

Pooka1
10-29-2009, 09:30 AM
That's great, Sharon. All I could think of when I read this is that if Willow is "chipper" on any given day, then she has a better disposition than most teenage girls (including those who have NOT just had surgery!) - I don't think my daughter has ever been in a mood that I would describe that way in 18 years - LOL!

Yes I know what you mean! Nobody has ever described me as chipper and I doubt it will ever happen. Willow is just friendly and avuncular. Her sister is more sardonic I would say. I'm just glad they are so different. :)

We are back from the consult. The radiograph shows no damage from the injury or alteration to the hardware. He showed her the before and after shots and it was really amazing to see. She went from ~57* to in his words "straight." It certainly looked that way to my eye.

I think it was a muscle pull or something. She is off Tylenol and is getting better and better so I'm off the ledge with the injury. :)

WNCmom
10-29-2009, 10:57 AM
Great news, Sharon. I'm sure you're so relieved, even though things were beginning to look significantly better before the consult. Onward and upward--no doubt it will be smooth from here on in.

Mary Ellen

ddb
10-29-2009, 04:05 PM
Glad to hear Willow is OK. Wow - 21 days and back in school. I'm going to have my daughter read through your posts of Willows progress. It's so encouraging.

laurieg6
10-30-2009, 01:16 AM
I'm really happy for you - and Willow of course! What great news that she's back in school so soon after the surgery and was not seriously injured. You must be so relieved to be able to just have the "usual" worries about her recovery and not anything major.

All the best,

Pooka1
10-30-2009, 06:50 AM
Willow had a short week. She did go on Tuesday and Wednesday and took all her midterms (and did well!) but she was tired after waking up so early to see the surgeon on Thursday and wanted to go home and sleep afterward. It was a light day because it was after midterms and school is off today. She would have gone today if there was school as she is able.

So she only attended two days this week. I just wanted to be accurate.

Pooka1
10-30-2009, 06:55 AM
This ~3-week consult replaces the 6-week visit (YAY!) and the next one will be at 6 months.

I think the injury threw her off his normal schedule which, going by the other kid, was:

6-weeks
8 months (to be told to come off physical restrictions)
20 months (1 year after the 8 month visit)

mariaf
10-30-2009, 09:18 AM
Sharon,

I'm so glad the doctor confirmed what I think we all suspected - that no damage was done by that well-meaning hug! YAY!!

I agree with ddb that Willow's progress and relatively speedy recovery (and that of her sister) will be very encouraging for patients and parents who are facing surgery in the future to read about.

Hope things continue to go well!

ddb
10-31-2009, 09:27 AM
Sharon - Can I ask did Willow have any issues with getting around the hallways in school? I mean the timeframe to get to classes and crowds. Here the halls are so crowded it like a contact sport getting to next class.

Dee

Pooka1
10-31-2009, 10:25 AM
Sharon - Can I ask did Willow have any issues with getting around the hallways in school? I mean the timeframe to get to classes and crowds. Here the halls are so crowded it like a contact sport getting to next class.

Dee

I know what you mean. This high school is huge. Your description of your daughter's school would fit this one.

I was not worried about it before her injury other than ehr balance issues and her having to do stairs. The balance issue is resolving though as her lumbar is pretty straight now. It was not at first.

After her injury, I was definitely worried about her getting jostled. But I can't really do anything about it. I just hope Willow is much more defensive than she was. I think that is the one upside of the injury.

pmsmom
11-03-2009, 10:10 AM
How is her injury doing now, Sharon?

Pooka1
11-03-2009, 12:34 PM
How is her injury doing now, Sharon?

Very kind of you to ask. :)

I asked Willow last night how the injury was doing.

Apparently it has "blended" back in with the other feelings (achy, stiffness, etc.) associated with being only 4 weeks (exactly) out from surgery. So it is resolved.

She isn't sleeping well and I can't figure out why. I suggested she take some pain meds but she said pain is not what is keeping her up. I don't think it is school because she is caught up (except for Art) and is doing great as far as I know. Her geometry teacher was amazed that she learned that work on her own and was willing to take the midterm with the class. She was fretting about school before she returned but I don't think she is now. Yesterday she volunteered that she had a "great" day so I relaly have no clue about what is causing her to lose sleep at this point.

If anyone has any thoughts I would be interested in hearing them.

laurieg6
11-03-2009, 08:16 PM
Is she walking enough or otherwise getting some gentle exercise? She probably hasn't been authorized by the surgeon to do much more than walk so if she's not doing it much, that might help. Esp. if she can still do it outside where you live and then she can get some fresh air and exercise. It could help wear her out and calm her mind down as well as helping with her overall soreness and stiffness...

Pooka1
11-03-2009, 08:48 PM
Is she walking enough or otherwise getting some gentle exercise? She probably hasn't been authorized by the surgeon to do much more than walk so if she's not doing it much, that might help. Esp. if she can still do it outside where you live and then she can get some fresh air and exercise. It could help wear her out and calm her mind down as well as helping with her overall soreness and stiffness...

That is a very good suggestion!

No she is not walking. I am always asking her to walk... it's still nice outside here. I am always offering to take her to the mall to walk. She hasn't been taking me up on it. I know she is not walking as much as she should.

She has a reason for not walking... said she can already walk a mile which was the requirement for the 6 week appointment (which was canceled when we went back at 3-weeks with the injury). But that doesn't mean she shouldn't keep walking!

Hmmm. I am going to really get her walking and report back. I think that will help.

Thanks again for the great idea.

pmsmom
11-04-2009, 12:33 PM
How long has she been having a problem w/sleep?

I know Paula had some problems with the nasal congestion (which *was* due to the withdrawl from oxycontin) which kept her up.

Also, she was napping in the afternoon.

I know your dd came off the pain meds early, but if she's napping when she gets home from school and also not walking, that might contribute to the fact she's not sleeping.

Hope it resolves soon!

Pooka1
11-04-2009, 01:49 PM
How long has she been having a problem w/sleep?

I know Paula had some problems with the nasal congestion (which *was* due to the withdrawl from oxycontin) which kept her up.

Also, she was napping in the afternoon.

I know your dd came off the pain meds early, but if she's napping when she gets home from school and also not walking, that might contribute to the fact she's not sleeping.

Hope it resolves soon!

She's only mentioned it for a few days.

I am hoping more walking will help.

Thanks for your input.

laurieg6
11-08-2009, 03:14 AM
Hi Sharon,

I'm so glad I was able to offer a suggestion that you think may be helpful. You've been very helpful and supportive to me and I only wish you and your daughters all the best of everything.

hope404
11-10-2009, 01:24 AM
Have been meaning to post....
so HAPPY
the worst is over(2 down...no more to go:) )

Hope Willow continues to recover as well as she has thus far..

Best wishes as her recovery continues.

Hope

Pooka1
11-10-2009, 06:26 AM
Thanks Hope404. Very kind of you. :)

titaniumed
11-11-2009, 01:58 AM
Sharon

Just wondering what was going on with Willows walking efforts? and sleep patterns?

Our bodies after surgery go through so many changes. Its just so hard to recover and heal, and have our bodies adjust and return to "normal" sleep patterns.

I've been reading a little about the subject of sleep. Its quite an amazing subject. With sleep deprivation, our (WBC) white blood cell counts drop and compromise our immune systems.

I guess it explains why I had such a tough time in my first 30 days, sleeping about 2 hours per day.

Walking is a good thing as far as oxygen goes, but can trigger pain episodes that affect sleep. The little "tests" that we go through, a little trip, a little hug, a little slip, have profound effects on us.

Willow is correct in saying that she can do a mile, because I could do it at 5 weeks. Of course, Id be hurting like hell if I did. It wasn't something I was looking forward to, if you know what I mean.

When you think that "I will get her walking during the day" so she can sleep at night, you have to look at it the other way.

I think that a higher frequency of shorter walks is easier than longer walks. If soft tissues tear while walking, best not to do the marathon and cause more damage.

Slow and easy. Some day I will add it to my signature. LOL
Ed

Pooka1
11-11-2009, 11:53 AM
Sharon

Just wondering what was going on with Willows walking efforts? and sleep patterns?

She is walking some more and hasn't been complaining of lack of sleep. Laurie is a genius!

Willow is functioning well at school which is an easily determined measurement of how she's doing. Still, I will ask today how she is sleeping.


When you think that "I will get her walking during the day" so she can sleep at night, you have to look at it the other way.

I think that a higher frequency of shorter walks is easier than longer walks. If soft tissues tear while walking, best not to do the marathon and cause more damage.

Slow and easy. Some day I will add it to my signature. LOL
Ed

Yes I see what you are saying but walking makes her feel better. And her sister is telling her that from personal experience. She feels okay now and can walk a few hours around a mall though it is tiring.

I don't think she can do enough walking to actually hurt for back at this point but I don't know that.

titaniumed
11-11-2009, 12:37 PM
That's good news. Its the thought of walking around a mall that would kill me! LOL

I'm amazed at how well the kids do. They really are troopers!

Ed