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  1. Thread: xray & screw

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    Hi Avis, I haven't been on the Forum for a...

    Hi Avis,

    I haven't been on the Forum for a dog's age, but I am glad that I popped on tonight. So sorry to hear that you are in pain. Ed and Chris both make valid points. I, too, had a soft...
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    High Five, Avis!

    High Five, Avis!

    Congratulations on reaching your one-year anniversary! You have accomplished so much this first post-op year by returning to school, doing your practicum, etc. while...
  3. Thread: megz update =/

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    Hi Meghan, Through the Forum, I have met two...

    Hi Meghan,

    Through the Forum, I have met two of Dr. Kirkham Wood's patients. One was also a student in her early 20's, the other was in her 40's. Both of them had good outcomes. I saw Dr. Wood...
  4. Thread: baby

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    Congratulations!

    Dear Anya and Family,

    Congratulations on the fulfillment of your dream! When our son was born, a friend gave me a tee shirt that read: "Motherhood: More than a job. It's an ADVENTURE." Enjoy...
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    Boston vs. Las Vegas airport security

    Avis,

    Our first "real family vacation" since my surgery was a trip to Las Vegas and the National Parks of Utah (Zion and Bryce) and Arizona (North and South Rims of the Grand Canyon) last month. ...
  6. Thread: travel

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    Hi Avis, I am in awe that you were able to...

    Hi Avis,

    I am in awe that you were able to travel and snorkel at 6 months. You must be half mermaid. Good for you!

    Linda
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    Hi Sally, So glad to hear that you were not...

    Hi Sally,

    So glad to hear that you were not injured from your first (and hopefully last) fall. I bet being in such terrific physical shape, in addition to the strength of your fusion, must have...
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    Longer tee shirt messages!

    Megz,

    I had a similar curve measurement to yours. As time was going on, I became more short waisted and my rib cage was resting on my hip. I looked for tee shirts that had a design close to the...
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    Hang in there

    Jess,

    You are a real trooper! Your hardware display is very impressive. I hope you make a permanent display case for it because it is far more interesting than the fish some people put on their...
  10. Thread: Success

    by Linda W
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    High Five!

    Hi Avis,

    I was so excited to read your note today. You have really come a long way to getting your life back on track. We all know how hard the recovery road can be and that much of your success...
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    Chris, What a treat to read that you had such...

    Chris,

    What a treat to read that you had such a good check up and afternoon of lunch and shopping under your own power in NYC!

    Linda W
  12. Thread: Kind of bummed

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    Hi Chris, Thank you for sharing your sneaker...

    Hi Chris,

    Thank you for sharing your sneaker story because it struck a chord with me. I'm sorry to hear that your new sneakers caused you pain. You and I share anniversary dates that are close...
  13. Congratulations x2!

    Hi Susie,

    Two-fold congratulations to you as you celebrate your two-year anniversary and the arrival of your first grand-baby!! Aren't you glad that your surgery is behind you and you are fully...
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    Hi David, Thank you for updating us on...

    Hi David,

    Thank you for updating us on Joanne's status. I'm delighted to hear that Dr. Rand was able to achieve such a good outcome for her. Wishing you all peace of mind and some quality rest...
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    Lyrica side effects

    Hi Anne,

    I took Lyrica 75 mg 2-3 times a day for about six weeks post op. It did a terrific job controlling nerve pain for me. However, at about 4-5 weeks, I noticed a marked fluid retention in...
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    Very Impressive!!

    Chris,

    Way to go! Toenail painting is a very impressive accomplishment. I'm not sure I will be able to equal your ability to "self paint". My husband and 14 year old son have offered, however,...
  17. Thread: driving pt.2

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    Avis, I am happy that you are not driving...

    Avis,

    I am happy that you are not driving tomorrow to your CAT scan appointment. I did not drive until 5 months post op. I drive forward very well, but turning to check for on-coming traffic...
  18. Thread: New here too

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    Hello Jo, I echo the welcome notices you have...

    Hello Jo,

    I echo the welcome notices you have received so far. I am also one of Dr. Rand's patients. He has quite a following of people who are forever grateful for the skill and talent God...
  19. Thread: Hair Loss

    by Linda W
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    Hi Debbe, I had quite a bit of hair loss post...

    Hi Debbe,

    I had quite a bit of hair loss post op, my appetite was also off and I was not eating a balanced diet. I was a walking commercial for bad hair. The texture of my hair was also funky,...
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    Hi Suzy, I am so sorry that you are facing...

    Hi Suzy,

    I am so sorry that you are facing another procedure, but I am hopeful that this will put an end to the problems you have had. Pam's comments regarding what precautions will be taken to...
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    Visited with Avis today

    I popped into Coolidge House Rehab and visited with Avis today. We found we had lots in common and our time together passed quickly. It is always special to actually meet someone from the Forum. ...
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    Hi Sally, Thanks for the update on Avis. I...

    Hi Sally,

    Thanks for the update on Avis. I was just thinking about how long the surgical days are for patient families and Dr. Rand. That was the easy part for us as patients. I told Avis I...
  23. Thread: surgery 2/10

    by Linda W
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    Hi Avis, Your family and friends can simply go...

    Hi Avis,

    Your family and friends can simply go to the web site for New England Baptist Hospital - Patient and Visitor Info - and find a link marked "Email A Patient". The emails are printed and...
  24. Thread: surgery 2/10

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    Hi Avis, Glad to hear that your shingles are...

    Hi Avis,

    Glad to hear that your shingles are gone!

    The time between your two surgical dates will go quickly. The first week post op will be a blur. At this point, I honestly cannot remember...
  25. Thread: shingles

    by Linda W
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    Dear Avis, I'm so sorry to hear that you have...

    Dear Avis,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you have shingles. I hope you have a quick recovery and can put your mind at ease regarding your surgery. Mentally preparing yourself for surgery is half the...
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