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    Hi Heidi, so nice to hear from you! Those first...

    Hi Heidi,
    so nice to hear from you! Those first weeks are so tough (to put it mildly). I second what Karen said - at your stage, I really noticed a huge improvement almost day to day. Then weeks...
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    Aw, Karen, that is so COOL! Thanks for sharing! ...

    Aw, Karen, that is so COOL! Thanks for sharing! You are amazing!
    nancy
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    Hi Gardenia, I'm excited for your surgery. I...

    Hi Gardenia,
    I'm excited for your surgery. I had surgery at Barnes Jewish w/ Dr Lenke in 2010. I was in the hospital for 5 nights, and stayed at the adjoining hotel for another 6 nights till I...
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    Wow, I really cannot believe he said that. ...

    Wow, I really cannot believe he said that. That's just cruel - and really unprofessional. How does he know what you're expecting anyway??? We all try to imagine what it will be like, but how can...
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    what Kathy said!! We are thinking about you...

    what Kathy said!! We are thinking about you tonight... and I also know that you will do great - you couldn't be in better hands. Can't wait to hear the good updates about your surgery and...
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    Hi Maggie, Isn't the forum great? I bet you'll...

    Hi Maggie,
    Isn't the forum great? I bet you'll hear from lots of Dr Lenke's patients and their experiences. I had surgery w/ Dr Lenke two years ago (just had my check up and everything looks good)....
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    Heidi, just want to say that I feel for you so...

    Heidi, just want to say that I feel for you so much! The anticipation was pretty awful... and my family was so worried and trying to act normal... as so many have said, the build up was worse for...
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    Hi! And welcome! The first thoughts that come...

    Hi!
    And welcome!
    The first thoughts that come to my mind are... You have a top surgeon - so your results should be really good (meaning that's encouraging as far as pain goes)...
    also, if the...
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    Hi Heidi, I got my hair washed at the hospital...

    Hi Heidi,
    I got my hair washed at the hospital salon the day I was discharged from the hospital (and moved to the Parkway), so that was about 6 days after surgery. That was tricky, but do-able, and...
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    Heidi, It was so fun meeting you on Wednesday! ...

    Heidi, It was so fun meeting you on Wednesday! All of us who have been through the process are really feeling for you right now with all the ANTICIPATION! Just try to keep your thoughts on the...
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    so thrilled to meet my forum friends in person!

    Wow, it was so much fun to meet Evelyn, Heidi and Jane at Dr Lenke's office!
    Evelyn, it is encouraging to hear that Dr Lenke thinks your pain might work itself out in time. I hope the PT makes a...
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    I didn't need the dressing stick, although I used...

    I didn't need the dressing stick, although I used my trust grabber for that purpose for the first couple of weeks after surgery. I loved the sock donner though - used it for maybe 6 months. I am...
  13. Hi Jane, We all know how nerve wracking it is...

    Hi Jane,
    We all know how nerve wracking it is the couple of weeks leading up to surgery! Best wishes as you prepare.
    I found that I didn't need a rail once I was released from the hospital. The...
  14. Hi Jane, Isn't the forum great? I bet you are...

    Hi Jane,
    Isn't the forum great? I bet you are excited / nervous as August 8th gets closer! We all remember how nerve wracking that time was!
    I had surgery w/ Dr Lenke in August 2010. I had severe...
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    Hi Pam, I know what you mean when you say that...

    Hi Pam,
    I know what you mean when you say that it seems like it takes forever! But what Suzanne said really resonated w/ me - every week was SO much better than the last! As far as sitting /...
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    I'm thrilled to hear the good news! What a...

    I'm thrilled to hear the good news! What a relief! I think you and Jeremy deserve a night out on the town to celebrate!
    Nancy
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    ayayay, Doreen! Then you had to crouch on the...

    ayayay, Doreen! Then you had to crouch on the floor to clean it all up... what a production! I'm glad I checked the forum today, but I am not glad to see that you had a sketchy mammogram... ...
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    Hi Doreen! Nice photos!! Love the long, lengthy...

    Hi Doreen! Nice photos!! Love the long, lengthy torso!!
    Love
    Nancy
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    thank you, Karen!

    thank you, Karen!
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    Hi All, So happy and excited for you, Karen and...

    Hi All,
    So happy and excited for you, Karen and Doreen, and all who have a new life post surgery. I am extremely happy with my results too, especially knowing that my future looks much brighter...
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    Hi Doreen, Gosh, I have to check in to the forum...

    Hi Doreen,
    Gosh, I have to check in to the forum more often... Paris! SOOOO exciting! I was able to sit in a reclining beach chair about 8 months out. It was the getting up and down without...
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    twistedRN: So nice to see you here!! I hope you...

    twistedRN: So nice to see you here!! I hope you can feel all the love and support coming your way from those of us who have "made it to the other side"! I have one more silly thing to add that I...
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    Hi Doreen, So sorry to hear about your mom's...

    Hi Doreen,
    So sorry to hear about your mom's back. She must be especially frustrated because I'm sure she wants to HELP you out! I hope your sleep situation gets better. In the next couple of...
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    Karen, that is SO cute! You are an inspiration! ...

    Karen, that is SO cute! You are an inspiration! THANK YOU!
    Nancy
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    Sticky: What a great idea for a thread, both pro and con!...

    What a great idea for a thread, both pro and con!
    I fall in the category of "really super glad I had surgery". I had curves 91 and 86 degrees (previous fusion in two areas in 1967, but my curves...
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