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  1. 2 days and a wake up until my surgery. I met...

    2 days and a wake up until my surgery. I met with the general surgeon who is responsible for moving vital organs and vessels so that the ortho spine surgeon can see what he/she needs to do and does...
  2. Thanks Melissa and Peggy. I hope that I can walk...

    Thanks Melissa and Peggy. I hope that I can walk up the 5-6 steps to get into my house after surgery. My spinal cord injury seems to make any rehab a slight setback. Dr. Hart felt confident that...
  3. Thanks, Jackie. I just want to get past this...

    Thanks, Jackie. I just want to get past this next surgery and finish healing.
    Susan
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    Congratulations and continue healing over the...

    Congratulations and continue healing over the next year!
    Susan
  5. Thread: K-Laser

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    In evaluating any therapy, it is important to...

    In evaluating any therapy, it is important to scrutinize the evidence based research.

    While new therapies may be a valuable option in the future, their value as a current treatment is speculative...
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    I get what a fistula is....but why did 38% of the...

    I get what a fistula is....but why did 38% of the adolescents have fistulas and it is not mentioned at all for the adult population?
    What am I missing?
    Susan
  7. Rohrer, Your interest in going back to school and...

    Rohrer, Your interest in going back to school and studying mice injected with neuromuscular diseases reminds me of a movie, "Flowers for Algernon". Have you seen it?
    Susan
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    Sharon, the article about adolescent...

    Sharon, the article about adolescent instrumentation removal was interesting as the #1 reason for removal was "fistula" [I think the # was 38.9%]. Yikes! Exactly what do they mean?
    Susan
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    Now facing revision #5, I have some insight into...

    Now facing revision #5, I have some insight into pain and instrumentation infection and surgery. In each of my surgeries, the surgeon has said some thing like." maybe" or "probably" what is planned...
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    Carol: how do you know that you are allergic to...

    Carol: how do you know that you are allergic to stainless steel?
    Susan
  11. Thread: I feel sad

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    Might be good to get 2 opinions. The price is...

    Might be good to get 2 opinions. The price is right at Shriners. She may not ever need surgery, but if she does, you will be a great source of support!

    Susan
  12. Linda, there is a part of me that is pessimistic...

    Linda, there is a part of me that is pessimistic because I figure, so-o-o-o much has gone wrong! Every time I think that I am "fixed", I am not. My biggest problem is my spinal cord injury, and my...
  13. Linda, I guess that the bright side of all of...

    Linda, I guess that the bright side of all of this is that there is a competent surgeon who will do his best to fix you. My biggest fear with my first surgery was that my surgeon would say, "there...
  14. Thread: I feel sad

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    Your niece is very lucky because she will have...

    Your niece is very lucky because she will have you to support her! Sorry that it makes you sad. She may never need any treatment, just monitoring. Susan
  15. Do you think that she inherited the smaller...

    Do you think that she inherited the smaller breasted side of the family? What is your bra size and the bra sizes of her grandmothers?
    I ask this because I am a 38 C and my sister is a 34 A. My mom...
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    Can you return to work on a reduced...

    Can you return to work on a reduced schedule/hours?
    Susan
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    Congratulations on a good year of recovery. I...

    Congratulations on a good year of recovery. I hope that you gain some flexibility with your PT.

    I broke my thoracic and then lumbar rods between 1.5-2 years postop due to a slow growing infection...
  18. Mom, now you have more time to line up those...

    Mom, now you have more time to line up those ducks! And....the weather in NYC might actually be a little bit better than in January. I cannot imagine how stressful your last minute planning must...
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    Kennedy, I cannot even begin to imagine the...

    Kennedy, I cannot even begin to imagine the stress that a spine surgeon must feel. My point was that his behavior and the way that he interacted with his patient, no matter the reason be it "stress"...
  20. You have a right to feel sorry for yourself, but...

    You have a right to feel sorry for yourself, but you do need to take action also. I sometimes have said to myself, "Pull up your big girl panties and deal with it!" That quote might be helpful for...
  21. Mom x 4: this SUCKS big time! Are you OK? What...

    Mom x 4: this SUCKS big time! Are you OK? What are you going to do? Wish that I could help you but I am on crutches and waiting for surgery.
    Susan
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    There is never an excuse for rudeness or...

    There is never an excuse for rudeness or arrogance. Now you need to decide if you want to go back and ask for an explanation of the procedures or if you are going to dump him and start with a new...
  23. So sorry that all of your planning went down the...

    So sorry that all of your planning went down the drain. Are you OK? Can you call a friend to come over and be with you now?

    With 4 active kids, you are no doubt very organized. Calling Dr....
  24. Yes, I believe that I have 2 cages from my first...

    Yes, I believe that I have 2 cages from my first surgery.
    Susan
  25. Scary...... Susan

    Scary......
    Susan
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