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  1. Bummer, Linda. Hoping that the resolution comes...

    Bummer, Linda. Hoping that the resolution comes with PT. Us frequent flyers" to surgery deserve a break!
    Hugs, Susan
  2. Hi! I had 3 days between my anterior and...

    Hi! I had 3 days between my anterior and posterior surgeries. I had lots of drugs, so do not remember much pain. My favorite lyingosition is on my L side, so it was somewhat painful to do so, but...
  3. Many margaritas! Susan

    Many margaritas!

    Susan
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    Gardenia: I think that each hospital probably...

    Gardenia: I think that each hospital probably has a policy about return of body parts or hardware. In my experience as a practitioner and patient, body parts and hardware belong to the patient...
  5. Moved to Providence Hospital Acute Rehab. An...

    Moved to Providence Hospital Acute Rehab. An intensive rehab program. I will be here until Cinco de Mayo.
    Susan
  6. Thank you everyone for your support. I am...

    Thank you everyone for your support. I am currently in a Skilled Nursing Facility where at 68, I significantly lower the average age. Scary....all the white hairs.
    I am slowly regaining what I...
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    Jackie, I recently broke my titanium rod at T10. ...

    Jackie, I recently broke my titanium rod at T10. Unlike Gayle, I never heard or felt anything. I had many areas in my back that were not fused, probably due to an infection along the hardware by...
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    Cathy, Sending healing thoughts your way. Susan

    Cathy, Sending healing thoughts your way.
    Susan
  9. Rohrer, my grandchildren started to bling out my...

    Rohrer, my grandchildren started to bling out my brace. So far, I have Spider-Man stickers and a butterfly as ornaments.

    My crutches and Light weight wheelchair are shiny cherry red.

    Susan
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  10. Great article! Thanks for sharing it. So,...

    Great article! Thanks for sharing it.

    So, how does a person acquire a positive attitude, less anxiety, and less "catastrophizing". Loan me about 10 pounds, will you?

    Susan


    Susan
  11. Everyone: Thanks for your kind thoughts and good...

    Everyone: Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes. I am still optimistic that I will be back in the mainstream of life.
    Susan
  12. Ed, walking some with walker. Trying to improve...

    Ed, walking some with walker. Trying to improve my attitude. I just want to get back into the mainstream of life.
    Susan
  13. Just out from hiding in my hole

    Greetings from a skilled nursing facility near Portland! I was overwhelmed by life and all that has been going on.

    Well, I just had my 3rd spinal surgery with Drs. Hart and Hiratzka. I went into...
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    Awesome 2 year report!

    Thanks for sharing the Good news about your 2 year visit. I am SO happy for you! Please never hold back from sharing your good news because some of us (moi) are having problems. Hearing your good...
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    Hi! I am having my revision surgery the next...

    Hi! I am having my revision surgery the next week on March 20th in Oregon. Let's hope that it is our last surgery!!!!
    Susan
  16. X-ray....

    STUDY: SPINE THORACIC 2 VIEWS 02/24/15 11:46:00

    HISTORY: Scoliosis

    COMPARISON: 12/30/14

    FINDINGS:
    Posterior spinal fixation rods, screws, and laminar wires are evident. The
    hardware is...
  17. #3 Surgery scheduled for March 20, 2015

    First, thanks everyone for your kind comments, prayers, and support. I am walking well with crutches, but time is limited due to thoracic pain. I use my wheelchair when I am tired.

    Dr. Hart's...
  18. Rod broken at T10?? I think.

    Rod broken at T10?? I think.
  19. Gas Bubbles, Fractured rods, Loose screws.....oh, my!

    I will make this short: Saw Dr. Hart today with new x-rays and more thoracic back pain. I am bummed about the pain and now have pain with movement and just sitting down/driving over bumps.

    X-rays...
  20. To Linda and others: Thanks for your kind notes....

    To Linda and others: Thanks for your kind notes.

    Re D&C: benign

    Re Inter-Stim: Decreases incontinence but not as much as I wanted. I am happy with the results. Rereading that.....sounds...
  21. Inspirational....this speaks to me

    "Everybody gets dealt a hand in life.
    Some get dealt better hands than other, but at the end of the day this is the hand of cards that is yours."
    Susan.....it is what it is
  22. The Inter-Stim is working out well as it has...

    The Inter-Stim is working out well as it has greatly decreased my incontinence. I am actually wearing my own undies and a poise pad. I still keep the Depends handy, but do not anticipate needing...
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    Congratulations on 4 years of healing! You have...

    Congratulations on 4 years of healing! You have been an inspiration to me and I appreciate all of your support.

    Susan
  24. Shame on your family doctor! Call me dumb with...

    Shame on your family doctor! Call me dumb with you! I did not know that I had burned myself until 2 days after it happened. I was dressing in my brother's bathroom and I looked in the mirror and...
  25. Cherry Red Wheelchair is so much easier to manage...

    Cherry Red Wheelchair is so much easier to manage than the older model that I was issued.

    I had the Inter-Stim procedure [trial] done last week and it really has worked! My incontinence has...
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