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    Hi Again Everyone, Ed, I completely agree about...

    Hi Again Everyone,
    Ed, I completely agree about the safety issue with the headrest and was thinking lots about it today....and had a brainwave! I have tried turning the headrest around etc but today...
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    limited mobility scale

    Hi Everyone,
    It has been a long time since I visited the forum but it is great to see how much support you all continue to give to fellow scolis out there!

    As far as the answers to your...
  3. Hey Pam, You are not alone! I have two large...

    Hey Pam,
    You are not alone! I have two large bumps on my incision line : the first is about 3" from the top of the incision and the second is right on my bra line. They are both visible through a...
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    leg length discrepancy

    Hi Everyone,
    My left leg has always been about 1/2-3/4" longer than my right and I wore a small lift preOp in my right shoe when I exercised or walked for long periods. This longer left leg (and my...
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    Mary, The thing that worked for me is like a...

    Mary,
    The thing that worked for me is like a long stick with (literally) a hook at the end of it. I hooked it into the area where the laces pass through the tongue and held it there while I used the...
  6. Hi Jane, I had surgery with Dr Bridwell at the...

    Hi Jane,
    I had surgery with Dr Bridwell at the end of March, T2-sacrum with pelvic fixation. I did have halo traction during surgery, which is honestly a good thing as scary as it sounds. It will...
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    Hi Everyone! It is so encouraging to hear from...

    Hi Everyone!
    It is so encouraging to hear from everyone and to believe that one day I will actually be able to reach my feet again (no more great excuses for pedicures!)! I have to tell you that I...
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    tying shoes

    OK, quick question out there for all of you who are fused to the sacrum and/or have pelvic fixation....do you ever get to the point where you can tie your own shoes? After a particularly frustrating...
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    Hey Pam, Sorry, also forgot to mention about the...

    Hey Pam,
    Sorry, also forgot to mention about the bra - I am small also and just bought a couple of those pull-on bralette type things. I started wearing them about week 3/4 and then went pretty...
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    Hi, I will be 10 wks postOp tomorrow and have to...

    Hi,
    I will be 10 wks postOp tomorrow and have to say that at about 6/7 weeks I really felt a big change for the better. Each week I would think back to the week previous and realize how much further...
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    Hi Everyone! Doreen, I had to laugh at your...

    Hi Everyone!
    Doreen, I had to laugh at your blooper - WITH you, not AT you! Ha! Glad to hear you are keeping such a great attitude. I am doing well, still up in Canada getting lots of TLC. I am...
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    Hey Doreen, Sorry to hear about the biopsy. I am...

    Hey Doreen,
    Sorry to hear about the biopsy. I am sure it is hard not to worry, but SO many of those things turn out to be just little fatty things (the only fat thing in your body, I am sure!)!...
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    Hi Evelyn (and everyone!), I am a little over 9...

    Hi Evelyn (and everyone!),
    I am a little over 9 wks postOp and know what you mean. Today was one of those "two steps back" days for me where I woke up and my back felt like it was on fire. I did go...
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    Hi Donna (and everyone!), Thanks for the kind...

    Hi Donna (and everyone!),
    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement! Yep, Dr B said he would normally see me at 4 mo but said that if I felt ok about it all, he would be ok with me just coming back...
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    8 week check

    Hi Everyone!
    Sorry I haven't been on the forum in awhile....but I wanted to catch you up to date on my 8 wk checkup with Dr Bridwell last week. Basically it all went very well : He watched me walk...
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    osteopenia

    Hi!
    I am osteopenic and one doc was hesitant to do surgery on me because of that. I met with Dr Bridwell for a second opinion and he referred me to a bone specialist and she put me on Forteo a few...
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    Hi All, Mary, Dr Bridwell (and Lenke probably...

    Hi All,
    Mary, Dr Bridwell (and Lenke probably others also) like to use central lines (basically large bore IV's with 2-3 ports placed into a large vein in your upper chest). It allows for rapid...
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    staying calm....kinda!

    OK, not sure I would be the poster child for staying calm, but (someone on the forum told me this) I tried really hard to focus on what my life would/will be like a year from surgery. If I had let it...
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    Doing Great!

    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for your concerns and well wishes! I am 6 weeks postOp and am actually doing really well, have weaned off all the gabapentin, am down to two muscle relaxers and 3 half-doses of...
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    Hi, I am relatively new to the forum also...

    Hi,
    I am relatively new to the forum also (although was a fellow lurker for a few years!). I learned a lot from everyone here and also found a ton of support. As for your questions, yes, there is...
  21. Hi Everyone, Thanks for all the great advice! I...

    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks for all the great advice! I think that last night was particularly bad for pain (evenings are the worst anyway) and I should probably refrain from logging on at that time! At my...
  22. meds

    Hi Everyone,
    I am at the opposite end of the spectrum, will be 3 wks postop tomorrow (fused T3-sacrum with pelvic fixation). For the first week I was on the hospital regimen as far as meds go....
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    Hi Everyone, Just thought I'd give you an update...

    Hi Everyone,
    Just thought I'd give you an update : things are going well, although am starting to realize that weaning on meds and increasing activity is not necessarily a comfortable thing. It does...
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    home again!

    Hi Everyone!
    We arrived home last night - and it is sooo great to be back in "normal" surroundings. Of course there is so much to do and only Kevin to do it, so I feel badly about sitting around...
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    Hi Everyone! OK...so the rash: It really looks...

    Hi Everyone!
    OK...so the rash: It really looks like I have chicken pox all over my back. Anyway, I emailed the nurse a pic of it (don't you just love technology) and she wanted me to come in this...
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