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  1. Maybe like a "snail on steroids"? I am walking...

    Maybe like a "snail on steroids"? I am walking with a walker with progressively decreased stumbling. I have carbon fitted leg orthotics which help. An acupuncturist is coming today....of course,...
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    Jackie, glad that your pain is slowly decreasing....

    Jackie, glad that your pain is slowly decreasing. If you are like me, I want it now! Patience is not one of my virtues. I am learning that it takes a while for things to "settle down". I hope that...
  3. Sheila, best of luck with solving your pain. My...

    Sheila, best of luck with solving your pain. My suggestion is to find a very experienced surgeon and a second opinion surgeon and maybe another if you need it. No spinal surgeon will give you a...
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    Rohr, you are never alone, we are here for you. ...

    Rohr, you are never alone, we are here for you. You are not asking for trouble having genetic testing done.

    Do whatever you want with the following advice. Your mom has her own guilt problems...
  5. Roarer, thanks for sharing your similarity in...

    Roarer, thanks for sharing your similarity in walking with me. I imagine that my postings scare some people wondering if their screws will become loose and they might also suffer a SCI. I remember...
  6. Thanks to everyone for your support. Melissa, I...

    Thanks to everyone for your support. Melissa, I wish that I could inspire myself.
    Susan
  7. I walked in the walking frame today and basically...

    I walked in the walking frame today and basically came back to bed and slept soundly for 2 hours. Later when using the commode, I did a "controlled slide to the floor". Crap. Nothing hurt but pride. ...
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    So many possibilities! I'm thinking earrings but...

    So many possibilities! I'm thinking earrings but am not quite sure what the screws look like. Might be more appropriate for Halloween!

    Hoping that you pain is decreasing. Remember that the...
  9. Code Blue usually means that CPR is needed but...

    Code Blue usually means that CPR is needed but "Rapid Response" is for chest pain.....or so I understand it.
    Generally, the Rapid Response team is looking for MI or Pulmonary Embolism.
    Susan
  10. Receiving Lovinox and Coumadin and my INR is 1.2,...

    Receiving Lovinox and Coumadin and my INR is 1.2, so I am slowly being anti-coagulated. I was transferred back to the rehab floor yesterday. Heavy duty PT and OT today. Walked with that supportive...
  11. You are too kind. Wonder what part of me was so...

    You are too kind. Wonder what part of me was so "amazing", but I will take the compliment, thank you very much! While I have cried some, and cursed some, I am trying to improve my attitude and...
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    The necklace idea is cute! So, you get...

    The necklace idea is cute! So, you get questions! To most people just say, "I just like it because it is different".....none of their business unless you want to share.

    Sure, you have a...
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    Everyone is chaotic and feels unprepared and...

    Everyone is chaotic and feels unprepared and scared. Reassuring that you are right where you should be!

    Remember, all that you need the day of surgery is to show up buck naked with your...
  14. Thanks everyone for encouragement. Fortunately,...

    Thanks everyone for encouragement. Fortunately, the thromboses (is that pleural for thrombosis?) were limited to L lower lung and all small. My legs were neg for clots per sonogram. I still have a...
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    Jackie, What are you going to do with your...

    Jackie, What are you going to do with your hardware? A collage? I only have 2 screws removed, but I am thinking earrings? My general surgeon says that if nerves are going to grow back, they do so...
  16. Bummer of a day

    A pulmonary embolus at 0700 can ruin your entire day.
    S.
  17. I wrote a long reply and it was not saved. I am...

    I wrote a long reply and it was not saved. I am tired and feel crappy and can't walk and am tired of sitting in this wheelchair.
    S.
  18. Rohrer, I have decided that I would be wasting...

    Rohrer, I have decided that I would be wasting energy on anger and blame that I need for healing. There was about 2 weeks that I wanted to get even. My son said, "mom, if you are expecting an...
  19. Hi Rohrer, nobody messed up the surgery. While...

    Hi Rohrer, nobody messed up the surgery. While Dr. Hu did repair my thoracic kyphosis it created a smaller kyphosis at the top of the repair. I knew it, but the spine was angled so that it...
  20. Thanks everyone for your kind words. Ed, love...

    Thanks everyone for your kind words.

    Ed, love the tattoo! I am 68 and have never had a tattoo.....but am planning one in honor of my surgeries. Dr. Hu will no doubt frown on it. Too late!
    ...
  21. Another day in rehab....

    Improving a millimeter a day....call me a snail.

    Official diagnosis: Proximal Junctional Failure with Spinal Cord Injury

    Surgery: Hardware removal T3 to T5, Reinstrumentation and Revision...
  22. How do you post a photo link in the message?

    I am so remedial when it comes to adding a photo or internet link.

    I have a picture on my cell phone (and I can access the internet from the cell phone) and I want to post it in my message. How...
  23. Thanks everyone for your support. I am at the...

    Thanks everyone for your support. I am at the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon or RIO which is known for quality intensive therapy.

    Can't remember what I said previously, but my spine surgeon...
  24. Gayle, I am at OHSU. I had surgery here on...

    Gayle, I am at OHSU. I had surgery here on Thursday night. Dr. Hart is out of town. The emergency surgery was amazing. I cannot believe how quickly I went from having lunch to the OR. Everyone...
  25. 2 screws loose. Emergency surgery last night....

    2 screws loose. Emergency surgery last night. Hook fell off. 3 hour surgery. Legs move slightly. No more spasms. Wiped out.

    S.
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