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titaniumed
01-29-2010, 06:20 PM
Two years ago on this date, was my day. A day I will never forget. A day that I waited 34 years for.
I am so thankful that surgical developments through the years advanced, of course there are many people to thank.

I think that the people I have to thank the most are all the old scoliosis patients that suffered through the years. They paid dearly through their suffering. I thank them for triggering people like Dr Moe, and all the pioneers who developed all the technology used today. We are very fortunate today. I couldnít imagine having large curves and living life with scoliosis 100 plus years ago.

Yes my surgeries were tough. I had no choice, I ran out of time. I had seen many Doctors through the years and I think back to the old non-scoli orthos. Poor guys sometimes didnít know what to say, they couldnít help, and I had one shake his head speechless for a few minutes while staring at my x-ray. Those were the old days.

I never thought that I would have come out as well as I did. Being pain free was something that I pretty much wrote off and I must say that being pain free actually takes a while to get used to!

This forum has helped substantially. Even though I was just a reader and didnít post years ago, it was a valuable asset. After all the years, I never knew or met another scoli. Hard to believe but true. Its been great reading all the posts, and chatting with everyone here. Of course I have to thank Linda and Joe for making it happen.

Oh yeah, and my surgeons Dr Menmuir, Dr Halki, Dr Rembetski,and their teams.

I wish everyone great success
Ed

debbei
01-29-2010, 06:38 PM
Awh, Ed, Congratulations on your anniversary. I'm so happy for you that you are pain free and able to do those crazy things that you like to do (like skiing.)

I can't tell you how much you were a huge inspiration to me.

Did you have a 2yr re-check?

naptown78
01-29-2010, 06:53 PM
You too have been an inspiration for me! Congratulations on reaching another milestone. And awesomeness at being pain free too!!!! After my revision, I will have almost as much metal in me as you and can only hope to be as active as you are :-))))))

JenniferG
01-29-2010, 07:03 PM
Great thread! After what we go through prior, during and post-op, it really is a big milestone to reach, and to be pain-free is such an inspiration to those coming along the same track, behind us. As I said elsewhere, Congratulations Ed!

loves to skate
01-29-2010, 07:41 PM
Congratulations Ed. You have been an inspiration to all of us, not to mention the comic relief that we have all enjoyed. Happy skiing and all the things you love to do. Sally

Pooka1
01-29-2010, 08:15 PM
1,000 congratulations Ti Ed!

You earned it, buddy.

RitaR
01-29-2010, 08:28 PM
Ed,
You mean to tell me someday there really might be painfree moments for us? Hard to believe at this point, but I'm holding onto that thought. Even knowing it might be a possibility will hopefully help me out. Because at this point I have enough pain for me and everyone posting on here. Ugh! Congrats on your success, though. I'm very happy for you!

hope404
01-29-2010, 10:57 PM
special guy

special insights

special spirit

special soul

Thanks for being YOU!!!!

Here's to many more painfree years....you deserve every one of 'em!!!

Hope 404

Shari
01-29-2010, 11:58 PM
Hi ED,

Congratulations from as well. It is kind of strange the first time you realize you have no pain. I was laying in bed, couldn't sleep, then I realized I had no pain.

Winter still causes me pain, but summer time, I feel invincable. Not always a good thing for me.

Best wishes for many more years to come,
Shari

jrnyc
01-30-2010, 01:03 AM
Hey Ed...
congratulations on 2 years...may you have many many more pain free years!

it gives me comfort to know that a body...a human body :)
can have rods & screws from top to bottom inside the back & still be an active ski-er!!! it totally amazes me how you live such an active life...so when/if i do finally have the surgery, i will keep that in mind, to remind me that it is do-able...& you prove it every single day!

thanks for that...& for all your funny & informative posts!

jess

Vali
01-30-2010, 06:02 AM
Congratulations on your two year anniversay. Wishing you a healthy, active and painfree life from here on. Although i don't post much, this forum is the first and last thing i read daily. I enjoy the way everyone helps each other and always look out for your 'comedia' Ed. Once again best wishes. You truly are an inspiration.

Susie*Bee
01-30-2010, 06:37 AM
Whoo hoo! Congrats to a special friend to so many of us! Yes, you've been an inspiration and funny guy, but the bottom line I see in your posts is all about someone who cares for the well-being of his fellow scolies. And here you are again, letting everyone know what a blessing it's been for you to have this surgery. You are so right in being thankful to those who "pioneered" and forged the trail ahead of us, making the surgery so much better now. Medical progress is amazing... My grandfather was a surgeon, receiving his medical education at Johns Hopkins with some training in Germany, circa the early 1900s, and his memoirs are so interesting. They were just beginning to find out about blood typing! We have come sooo far in 100 years!

Anyway, congratulations on reaching the two year marker! I think you'll see it just keeps getting better and better. :D

Singer
01-30-2010, 08:47 AM
Congratulations, Ed....you're the best!

ADMoul
01-30-2010, 03:13 PM
Congratulations--I love your posts. There is always something to make us smile. We sometimes can get so wrapped up in the seriousness of all this, it helps to have someone with a different perspective. You are so encouraging to those of us still on this side of the surgery journey. Here's to many more pain-free years!

lapieper
01-30-2010, 06:07 PM
Congrats, Ed. You give each of us hope. Thanks for all humor. I know I can always count on you to make me laugh. So when I'm having a bad day, I look for tied's posts!
Les, the girl who can tell Harley parts from Harrington rods and pedicle screws!

Doodles
01-30-2010, 08:12 PM
Ed--
That's wonderful that you have done so well. Congrats on 2-years! I'm 10 months today and hope at 2 years I can report the same successes. I've learned a ton from your posts and always enjoy the levity! Thanks for all you do for us. Janet

RitaR
01-30-2010, 09:34 PM
Hello Doodles,
Can you explain to me your cages and osteotomies; is this different from your fusion?

Jimbo
01-31-2010, 01:50 AM
awesome ed

titaniumed
01-31-2010, 09:32 PM
Aw shucks guys, your killin me! LOL

I donít really try to inspire as much as I like to be factual about things. Id much rather inspire by flying around with a cape like superman fighting crime. It seems that all superhero's created back in the 1960s were required to wear that damn speedo as part of their uniform. What are ya gunna do? I wonder what Nixon thought about that. LOL I guess the only way I could achieve that dream would be to go to New York and get a writing position with SNL if Lorne would take me. Id end up completely blowing my belly button out from laughing so hard and have to start the NBBF, for belly button sufferers. If it gets the size of a Volkswagen hubcap, I will have to tattoo a VW on it.

Oh boy....

By dreaming and joking, I guess thatís the way I battle my depression. Depression from many reasons, that never seem to end. Itís a reaction from being too serious. I think itís a good reaction as it keeps my sanity. Like Mike Meyers, who did the same after his fathers death, incredible funny, but so sad from grieving..............Hope this sheds some light.

Rita

With your pain, and I know your pain, the chances that you will have substantial improvement are great. Its with younger patients who donít know what extreme pain is about, "might" result with a certain amount of dissatisfaction. This is one of the reasons why a surgeon might want to wait. I am completely satisfied with my results. I did have to sacrifice some things, and had a few complications, with a tough recovery, but overall, its been totally worth it.

I donít think you have much choice in this matter. I think that your selection with Dr Lenke couldnít be any better, as long as you are happy with him, and have positive thoughts, you will prevail. Keep thinking about a successful recovery, and about the long run, get yourself in the best shape that you can, build your immune system, eat right, and go for walks outdoors.
Your going to do this, and things will be just fine.

Les, Im happy for you.... Its nice to hear another T2-pelvic doing well out there...

Ed

52skeedoo
02-02-2010, 10:42 AM
Congratulations on reaching the 2-year milestone and for the great health that you are enjoying.

I just had to add to the list of well-wishers. I have nothing to add that hasn't already been said. You helped me make the decision and face the surgery with the facts and less fear. Your humor has picked me up several times when I have been a bit down. Thanks for staying active on this forum and helping so many of us.

May you enjoy many fun and pain-free years, and continue to keep us informed about the fun along the way.

Sheri

jrnyc
02-02-2010, 12:57 PM
Hey Ed
"go to New YOrk..get a writing position with SNL..."
did you ever? live in NYC i mean...cause it's never too late...?!?

jess

titaniumed
02-02-2010, 03:45 PM
I grew up in Jersey. You know, "out west?" Whada ya gunna do? LOL

As much as I miss NYC, as I've gotten older I have learned to love the scenery that we have out here. Its hard to beat. Joining a comedy troupe would mean going back to the city again.

I do love San Francisco. Fantastic city.

I lived 4 miles from Manhattan. Both are expensive places.

Dana Carvey did HW back in the day, with "a thousand points of light" which was classic.... Poor guy had serious heart problems, the surgeons operated on the wrong artery and he had setbacks. 5 heart surgeries.

I guess we all have our little issues... After you get through these things, you realize that life runs a course, like a river, and your outcome depends on your paddling abilities. I feel I'm through the rapids, and I'm in calm water, very content, maybe a little tired, but very very pleased.
Ed

jrnyc
02-02-2010, 04:25 PM
Hmmm...wont comment on NJ :)

paddling, huh? well, guess some of the problems must've been cause i never knew how to swim!! havent learned yet, but am better at paddling :)

congratulations again on the anniversary.....and best of luck...

jess

Ryy
02-02-2010, 08:33 PM
Nice to hear ed and the others on here that posted they are pain free :)

Just felt a tiny weight lifted from my shoulders.

Hoping i will be able to post the same in the near future when my surgery is setup.

sheri66
02-03-2010, 12:02 AM
Happy 2 year Ed,I enjoy reading your posts, your a funny guy, always cheers me up.Thank you for being you:)