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ScoliSkye2
01-07-2010, 01:12 PM
Hi All (wrote at 9am)

Day two! well my goodness. Where to start... Skye's surgery took 2.5 to 3 hours :D Dr Laufer is simply amazing:D Skye pain level went from (1 to 10) "5" and by 3 hours later she was down to "2" and maintaining at "1" they just came in and lowered her meds to the button press only as the continuous is not necessary :) Anethesiologist (sp) say Skye read the text book :p and had an amazing surgery! Yaay!!! do you see me jumping!:D - So miss chatty called her friends yesterday, updated her FB (facebook) sent and read some text. I am hiding from her behind this curtain so I can get some REST because she is not groggy sleepy as I expected - 1 am mom can I get my phone... 3am mom can I check my FB :cool: I told her the electronics are interfering with the machines :p and we need to taper back...

No log roll (Anterior) placed on side.. hurt Skye? .... no..:) They have even raised her bed so she can watch TV.. I am still in PJ's I asked her nurse what is customary time for parents to get dressed. He handed me a newspaper and said we want you to be as comfortable as possible - relax - :p don't tempt me!!

They are turning Skye at this moment and washing her back I heard little Oof. Her other Surgeon just left said chest doing great - turned off pump plan to remove tomorrow after chest x-ray

I will be in touch when they start getting her out of bed and out of ICU.

ArabianFancy
01-07-2010, 01:39 PM
WONDERFUL NEWS!! Just what I needed to hear today!! I am so glad she is doing so well!!!!!!
Prayer continue!
Gina

danceISlife
01-07-2010, 03:41 PM
That is SO great! It sounds like everything went extremely well and she's making great progress! Very glad to hear it. Haha, that's awesome that she's alert enough to send out text messages, make phone calls, etc. I called my friend my first day post-op and was completely out of it, so I said some pretty stupid stuff to her. :p

I hope she continues to do well! Now that the worst of it is over (not counting of course the hospital parade every morning at 7am and them coming in every four hours), you can relax a bit. She'll bounce back in no time! :)

ScoliSkye2
01-07-2010, 04:25 PM
Thanks guys
Nicole! they are in here every 30 minutes it feels. :eek: now never a complaint out of me :p but extremely attentive. And Ladies... menses Yuuup brought on by surgery :rolleyes: - She was taken off Oxygen but put back on said not setback just pre-mature take off as it was itchy to her nose :rolleyes: big baby...Just now slight fever but they quick with the suppository :p not gonna let it gain any ground. I was concerned about the "parade" of doctors was taking names as I was like are bills going to show up at my house with these names on it... Hi my name is... wiggle toes... So finally I just asked our Nurse. He said no... they come with the ICU will be no separate bills :rolleyes: I guess what I am saying is don't be afraid to ask... the only one offended will be you when the bill comes :cool:

ScoliSkye2
01-09-2010, 11:27 AM
Skye is progressing very nicely. Some pain that woke her from sleep at 5am but nothing a press on the button didnt cure. I love that they were so attentive. She said pain breathing in... they immediately ordered chest x-ray from which they get instant read on and saw everything fine... Thinking it was just time to remove the chest tube. Yesterday evening she received liquid diet (went well). Removed Catheter. Today full diet (so far so good) Removed chest tube..I braced ;) .... for a non event:p. Doc says she is ahead of the curve doing so well. We are still in PICU but I think it's more of an issue with space in the Teens ward. Today they will get her up and into the chair. I am so looking forward to that because I feel all of this is nice but the proof is in how she does once on her feet.

ddb
01-09-2010, 01:33 PM
Thanks for keeping us updated. I always look for the recent ones to see how they are doing and love to hear the great progress. I hope she can get up and moving soon to put you at rest about that. Tell her to keep up the good progress:)

Dee

ScoliSkye2
01-09-2010, 04:13 PM
Hey everyone.
Update...
Skye is eating full menu
Up in chair they kept saying I know it hurts... well there was no hurting:D just the normal light headed woah and surprise that the body did not just work on its own.. she is wiped out after moving though... She went from bed to chair had to sit for 1 hour but they took off 10 minutes because she went from chair to potty (look at me I'm walking :D) and back to chair:p -

We just did bed to potty and back to bed now for nice long nap... she is on liquid tylenol w Codine every 3.5 hours now :) they say she has to ask for the meds but for me to keep my eye on the clock and remind her of the time because not good to wait until full pain as it takes 30 minutes for meds to kick in.

We are packing to go to Teen floor yaay! hopefully by 7pm we will be there. Doc's projecting home on Monday. Say she is above the curve for recovery and nurses say she is the best Scoli patient they have ever had!:D

Whew you all KNOW how I am feeling! Thankful and greatful to God for answering all my/our prayers!

My next post will probably be her hall walk and stairs ;)

Oh.. She was Fused T11 to L2 plus a cage (don't ask... I don't know :cool:) but very small area for a great correction.. I won't know all the particulars until our first visit at Doc's office one week from Monday:rolleyes:

JenniferG
01-09-2010, 05:57 PM
Yaaaayyy!

Great news, good to hear!

ArabianFancy
01-09-2010, 08:49 PM
GREAT news!! You are giving us so much hope for next week. We needed this postive news!!
Mandy was trying on pageant dresses today. The pageant is 6 weeks after surgery......:confused: Not sure she is going to be ready but she wants to......
Keep us informed please.
Any clothing suggestions for Mandy ( and me) ?

jjsmom
01-09-2010, 09:35 PM
What great news! So happy for Skye and you that her recovery is going so well!

Barbara

ScoliSkye2
01-10-2010, 12:25 AM
Well we moved to Teen floor and they lifted the restriction on guest under 18 (h1n1 things) so she can have visitors...however :D we may be going HOME tomorrow :rolleyes: She actually took a long walk today without complaint gets up like a champ for potty (I dont even call the nurses to help) I do it myself :) ~ She even took a long walk today, so proud of her and woah :cool: she noticed that she is "much taller than you now mom" :eek: and she is... I would say she is 5'6 and 1/2... everybody been real good about me snapping pics and video taping every milestone :p:D ~ oh and while the morphine (diliud) watch that spelling ~ made her itch (a common effect) they will gladly give benedryl... the Tylenol with codiene gives her the giggles :p she is getting 10mil not sure what they are sending us home with.

Tomorrow we will have to prove stairs, do some more walking, sit some more in chair and probably give up a bowel movement to get released but we shall see. She stir crazy and wants to go home... I think home is going to be a LOT of work for me but hey what are moms for?:D and I am ordering the Home Attendant for her for One week with the option to extend an additional week. The scar?.. I told her about somebodys (sharkbite and I won post) and she liked that a lot! :D

ScoliSkye2
01-10-2010, 12:30 AM
GREAT news!! You are giving us so much hope for next week. We needed this postive news!!
Mandy was trying on pageant dresses today. The pageant is 6 weeks after surgery......:confused: Not sure she is going to be ready but she wants to......
Keep us informed please.
Any clothing suggestions for Mandy ( and me) ?

Mandy's going to do wonderfully well! Big smile the pageant... Skye went to beauty and the beast school play practice up until the Tuesday b4 surgery.. insisted knowing that she may not be able to participate in March.. but she like Mandy wanted the opportunity to try... I say sobeit.. cross that bridge when we come to it.. I have only positive thoughts and strong prayers for you and Mandy for next week! :)

ScoliSkye2
01-10-2010, 11:21 AM
:D - WHEW! poor baby sleeping I didnt even wake her for bkfast. You cannot rest in Hospitals.. we had a very bad night will elaborate later but its time to GO! I asked Docs to prepare us and they don't see any reason why we can't.

TTYL. (talk to ya later) :rolleyes:

Karen

ScoliSkye2
01-10-2010, 12:59 PM
GREAT news!! You are giving us so much hope for next week. We needed this postive news!!
Mandy was trying on pageant dresses today. The pageant is 6 weeks after surgery......:confused: Not sure she is going to be ready but she wants to......
Keep us informed please.
Any clothing suggestions for Mandy ( and me) ?

What to wear....Note to self :p as much as you will like to put her in her nice new soft comfy PJ's... save them for the walk of fame and remove b4 bedtime.. Skye got hot and sweaty and went into a ravenous scratching fit..last night :( She was so tired and delirious that she was ripping into herself. Snatching off the Oxy and heart monitor off (which the day nurse said they were not suppose to put back on her) every second and that darn monitor rang at decimals not fit for humans :eek:

Take several comfy sweatsuits for you things you pull on quick.. nice book. OH!:eek: and take a twin size memory foam or some kind of mattress pillowtop kind of thing.. as nice as it all is that windowbox bed is HARD as stone. You will hurt :p and she can sit on it for the ride home ;) Take those nice slip resistant socky things (my best friends) Post surgery.. request the mouth sponge right away for Mandy if not offered, she will beg for water and it will be 3 days b4 she gets it. They will definitely allow the sponge on a stick. Oh and ask for vaseoline (I found the lip balm may have had drying ingredients) it did not work as good as it should.

JenniferG
01-10-2010, 03:54 PM
All sounds good, Karen! Congrats to Skye. I hope that was the last bad night she has, home in bed will be much better.

Good luck for the trip home. Hope you don't have far to go. Being home will pick up her spirits. Remember to write down all meds and times taken so you don't forget and get mixed up. This goes on for a while so it's easy to forget if it's not written down.

Plenty of fluids, fibre and gentle walks. Some friends visiting might go down well too, but keep the visits short. Sleep will be her best healing friend.

You've made it!:D

danceISlife
01-10-2010, 05:37 PM
Wow, her recovery sounds fantastic so far!! (Well, aside from the one night, but that really doesn't have anything to do with her own individual progress.) :) Very happy to hear it! It's awesome that you're updating so frequently. Geez, what a compliment she got. I was probably considered one of their worst patients haha (the first few nights when i was in a lot of pain i wasn't exactly the nicest person lol...i felt so bad about it ha). I can't believe how quickly she was able to go home (I'm assuming from your post that she left today), that's great!! If she's doing this well now, don't worry, she'll probably recover at an incredible pace! :)

ScoliSkye2
01-10-2010, 10:04 PM
Wow, her recovery sounds fantastic so far!! (Well, aside from the one night, but that really doesn't have anything to do with her own individual progress.) :) Very happy to hear it! It's awesome that you're updating so frequently. Geez, what a compliment she got. I was probably considered one of their worst patients haha (the first few nights when i was in a lot of pain i wasn't exactly the nicest person lol...i felt so bad about it ha). I can't believe how quickly she was able to go home (I'm assuming from your post that she left today), that's great!! If she's doing this well now, don't worry, she'll probably recover at an incredible pace! :)

:D Thanks! yes we are HOME! my baby is in the bed sleeping nicely.. ride home 30 minutes was no prob we even stopped and filled her script at CVS - pain mgmt is key... if they have a good experience with that - they are so willing to progress. And if you can get friends to visit whew! I cannot believe what a inspiration that was. She pulled on hidden strength.

JenniferG
01-11-2010, 01:14 AM
"sleeping nicely" in her own bed! :D

That kind of signals the worst is over, it's just time now. Congrats!

ddb
01-14-2010, 08:10 AM
Hoping all is going well during recovery. Please post an update when you can to let us know how Skye is doing.

Dee

ScoliSkye2
01-15-2010, 11:46 AM
didnt want to hog up all the attention :D

Skye is doing wonderfully well. She is getting out of bed and walking on her own.. (I have not allowed her to do stairs alone yet :p ~ knot in my stomach everytime I think about it :p - We have reduced her medication to 1 Tsp every 6 hours :D and even then she is in no pain just discomfort. She is still pensive sitting and rising from (potty) but understandable... thats lower than a regular chair :o ~ We have our first Doctors visit on Monday and tutoring begins on Tuesday. The weather permitting I will take her for a walk outside to see how she fairs.

Only concern is that she walks with what I call a gansterlean :confused: the nurse at the hospital told me (even before I asked) that they all walk leaning into the pain (surgical area) for a while but straighten up once they begin to feel secure. I will update once we've seen the Doc I am praying that one leg is not longer than the other as that would open a well.... let me leave that alone:o

And thanks so much for asking :D:D

ArabianFancy
01-15-2010, 03:54 PM
Great news!!!!!!!:d

jjsmom
01-16-2010, 10:55 PM
I am so happy for you and Skye that her recovery is going so well!

At first Julia had a limp and just walked a little strangely, but already by six weeks she walks pretty perfectly. I can detect a slight limp sometimes but no one else seems to (of course, I am her mother!)
Barbara

ScoliSkye2
01-17-2010, 01:33 AM
:D Skye is loving her new look.. says I never knew I had hips! so cute! I try to get her to look at herself in full mirror to get her to stop leaning ;) She wore clothes today sweatsuit. And had no meds the entire day. Just took 1 tsp at bedtime. We are excited about her Doc visit on Monday... Yaay!:D

ScoliSkye2
03-03-2010, 10:47 PM
Whew! its been a minute! How busy life gets - Skye went back to school Monday - She is sooo excited to be out of the house :) she is doing wonderfully well. about 1/2 inch taller than me so she is bragging :rolleyes: Doc does not want to see her again until June. Everyone is happy with her results she was L57 down to L15 (I think thats how to write it) He said he wanted to leave her as much flexibility as possible so did not go further. She is happy that her hips are aligned and there is no longer a hump on her back. So I am happy too. If we had it to do all over again.. YES. Anyone in the NJ area DR LAUFER ROCKS!!

Funny he was braced for all of my questions at that next visit. :o I had NONE :p(big smile) just a lot of thank you!! :D

ArabianFancy
03-04-2010, 09:38 PM
WONDERFUL NEWS!
Aren't these young ladies AMAZING??
Gina