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    I lost about 10 lbs in the first week. My...

    I lost about 10 lbs in the first week. My husband was stunned how quickly my weight dropped. Slowly, with the help of peanut butter milkshakes from the good people at Sonic, I put back on about 7...
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    Happy Anniversary! I hope your celebration was...

    Happy Anniversary! I hope your celebration was great!
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    I have a sleep number bed, and love it- but it is...

    I have a sleep number bed, and love it- but it is infinitely better sleeping with an added 4" foam topper I bought on Overstock.com post-op.

    We have la-z-boy recliners similar to what Linda posted...
  4. I, too, thought of Bell's palsy when I read the...

    I, too, thought of Bell's palsy when I read the symptoms. And at such a stressful time, I can see how that could happen.

    Feel better!!!
  5. Thread: Sleep

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    I agree with everyone that it's normal - we were...

    I agree with everyone that it's normal - we were up and down the stairs all night between the bedroom and the power recliner.

    We rented a big cushiony one from Rent-a-Center. At $25 a week it was...
  6. Thread: Big News!

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    How wonderful! Congratulations :)

    How wonderful! Congratulations :)
  7. How do you acknowledge/celebrate your anniversary?

    My one year anniversary of surgery is next Thursday. I feel bittersweet about it because it was such a shock, and so traumatic and hard and horrible, but I've come out so much better on the other...
  8. Do you have another thread going? If so, that...

    Do you have another thread going? If so, that may be why.

    It sounds like you will need to spend time at a rehab facility post-op until you're able to go home. Could you get a social worker or...
  9. I used it for maybe a week and spent most of that...

    I used it for maybe a week and spent most of that time b*tching about it and trying to shove it out of my way. I never put on the brace they sent me home with either (but I did buy a lovely corset...
  10. Ed, may I someday have the sac to attempt...

    Ed, may I someday have the sac to attempt learning to snowboard. Alas, at this point I am just looking forward to the driving range. :D Baby steps in bravery, right?!


    It's actually my cousin,...
  11. How to support, guide and not step on toes

    My cousin is seeing a DO who says he needs spinal fusion and will have to wear a cast from his neck to his thighs for three months post-op. I have never heard of this and am worried that it's...
  12. I commute via train to work, carrying a purse...

    I commute via train to work, carrying a purse with a laptop and a tote bag as well. Before surgery I had a lot of pain and could count the steps to the train platform. Post-op it is far better, but...
  13. Thread: Tomorrow

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    Thinking of you.

    Thinking of you.
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    I bet that pump is great! Too bad mine never...

    I bet that pump is great! Too bad mine never freakin' worked!!!! LOL
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    Michele, I have no advice other than be very...

    Michele, I have no advice other than be very confident in the surgeon you select. As for MRSA, I pretty much hotfooted it out of the hospital and despite my surgeon's pre-op guidance to anticipate...
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    I second the recliner - we rented an electric one...

    I second the recliner - we rented an electric one from Rent a Center for $25 a week, and I'm glad we did - I slept in it for a good amount of time that first few weeks/first month. Then one day, I...
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    I have a sleep number bed with a 4" memory foam...

    I have a sleep number bed with a 4" memory foam topper on it. The foam topper was (is) key for me. I bought it for $99 on Overstock.com. If you buy one, buy up a size and cut it down. That way...
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    I'm fused pretty far down and I stayed out of...

    I'm fused pretty far down and I stayed out of work for 5 months, then returned part time for 6 weeks before ramping up to full time. I was still fatigued by late day in my upper back from sitting at...
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    I concur on the memory - I only had ONE surgery...

    I concur on the memory - I only had ONE surgery and it took me a good six months to get back to where I was. Even now, I still stutter every now and then and forget things that I'm about to say. ...
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    Checking in

    Hey guys,

    Hope you are doing well. Sorry I've been MIA for so long. 2011 was an interesting year in many ways. I returned to work in August, working for a really nasty piece of work. Worked my...
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    Sarah, I'm going to give the yoga class a try...

    Sarah, I'm going to give the yoga class a try next Thursday (Jan 5). Are you interested in meeting up for the class?
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    I probably should have highlighted better in my...

    I probably should have highlighted better in my post - I think it really comes down to pain management. I had a dilaudid pump but it didn't work - as in, it wasn't actually pumping anything. They...
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    My experience was the same as Ripley's with...

    My experience was the same as Ripley's with Boachie. And I paid the cash out of pocket $450 a year ago tomorrow! Ah, memories. I think the best part was the nurse who looked somewhat put out by my...
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    Sticky: My surgeon - Dr John Grauer, Yale Age 38 at...

    My surgeon - Dr John Grauer, Yale
    Age 38 at surgery
    T3-L4
    Hospital stay: 4 days (2 SICU/2 ortho floor)
    Length of surgery: 6 hrs

    I had so much pain pre-op that I had to think before getting...
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    Kristy, I'm so sorry. Hugs to you. :)

    Kristy, I'm so sorry. Hugs to you. :)
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