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    Good luck Melissa. I'm not sure if it can spend...

    Good luck Melissa. I'm not sure if it can spend but I have a non healing wound on my back and need to have the spinal hardware removed on Jan 21. Just a portion of the hardware under the wound. ...
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    Good morning. I'm just going to address one of...

    Good morning. I'm just going to address one of your concerns and that is about your other joints and fusion. I have been told many times that the full spinal fusion leads to other joints being...
  3. Hi Susan glad it helped you. I hope it stays for...

    Hi Susan glad it helped you. I hope it stays for a long time. I am still waiting for my shoulder to be fixed. I developed a non healing wound. The spinal hardware under the wound will be removed on...
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    Yes Ed you are right about falling. Not good. I...

    Yes Ed you are right about falling. Not good. I am still amazed that I did not crack the fusion in the car accident. Imagine being thrown against a brick wall at 30 Mph. Yes the air bags deployed and...
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    I would really consider the ketamine infusions....

    I would really consider the ketamine infusions. That drug was used during my last surgery as part of anesthesia , it has the property to leave you feeling out of pain and very peaceful. It lasted for...
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    Yes that early stage requires more concern. The...

    Yes that early stage requires more concern. The accident t was very violent. My car was forced into a Rick house.It is amazing to have lived through it. It is also amazing the neurosurgeon was able...
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    Thanks Tina and Ed and Linda. It has been a rough...

    Thanks Tina and Ed and Linda. It has been a rough time since the car accident. The sheer trauma could have done anything. It may have looked okay on X-Ray but you never know. Also the misstep and...
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    Infected hardware

    I really would have thought I would be past the time that infection would happen but it doesn't appear to be that way. The wound has been treated since September and started out not looking like too...
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    It is the area of the lumber that we have most of...

    It is the area of the lumber that we have most of our movement. The thoracic spine doesn't by nature move that much. The ribs kind of keep it still.
    The one thing I find hardest is picking...
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    After reviewing the EOS X-Ray the neurosurgeon...

    After reviewing the EOS X-Ray the neurosurgeon recommends removing part of the thoracic hardware. At the time of surgery he will decide how much. It may be a big factor in the wound.
    The wound was...
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    I did not use either before surgery. I used a...

    I did not use either before surgery. I used a walker while in rehab early on after the first spinal surgery. I stopped using the walker when I came home. I haven't used one on a regular basis since....
  12. Welcome. I found revision surgery easier than the...

    Welcome. I found revision surgery easier than the first surgery but I am guessing they are going to extend your fusion to the pelvis. It will be sore but will probably help with your pain. But be...
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    Happy Birthday Ed. I hope it is great. When will...

    Happy Birthday Ed. I hope it is great. When will you be returning to the U.S.?
    It is really difficult to give up things you like to so. I am sure even with your close calls , there isn't anything...
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    Another update. The neurosurgeon's office called,...

    Another update. The neurosurgeon's office called, after reviewing the CT and the EOS xray the area by the wound may being caused by some hardware. I have to go back to discuss this further.
    He...
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    Thank you for the laugh. It's all we can do...

    Thank you for the laugh. It's all we can do sometimes. Sometimes I think I'm a little to crabby with people I really had a hard time convincing people not to touch my neck hardware. Until I lost it...
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    I had to wear a brace for the first spine...

    I had to wear a brace for the first spine surgery. The doctor said it was only to remind me not to bend or twist. It was easy to put on . I would say it was big snaps and velcro. It adjusted up the...
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    The wound is beginning to heal. There wasn't any...

    The wound is beginning to heal. There wasn't any infection just a light positive for the common staff . No antibiotics. It is still being treated 3 times a week. It is beginning to fill in. All of...
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    Hi Ed, oh those car rides. I avoid all that I...

    Hi Ed, oh those car rides. I avoid all that I can.
    Also the pain down the arm. That is my lasting pain from the broken neck. I think it is impossible to deal with. I will go Thursday for the year...
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    My spine surgeon was very strict about no...

    My spine surgeon was very strict about no treadmills. It leads to tripping and possibly falling. If you are just walking you can adjust your step better. Less risk. Of course once you are healed you...
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    Hi Tina, you can defently to go the gym but you...

    Hi Tina, you can defently to go the gym but you will have to work on the way you exercise. It will be different. Just like getting in or out of a car or bed will be different. Even getting dressed...
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    Great post Ed. Both about the car and what a...

    Great post Ed. Both about the car and what a beautiful church. I feel like you provided me something that I will never see. I have visited some of the California missions and they are specticular.
    I...
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    Just an update. I never would have thought what...

    Just an update. I never would have thought what seemed so minor would become such a problem. The wound has to have surgery. The surgeon has to remove all neurotic tissue. And at least it didn't...
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    Yes the surgery is postponed because of the open...

    Yes the surgery is postponed because of the open skin. The surgeon said anything that could not be surgically scrubbed was too risky. I begin wound care treatment tomorrow in the hope it will totally...
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    Hi Susan, thanks for the well wishes. I am on...

    Hi Susan, thanks for the well wishes. I am on hold with this surgery due to an abrasion on my back. It is healing very slowly. I am starting wound care next week. If it doesn't heal soon surgery will...
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    Thanks Ed. I need something for sure. It is a...

    Thanks Ed. I need something for sure. It is a great disappointment. The best I know is a few days before I discovered the abrasion ,I stepped into a depression on the grass. It jerked my whole right...
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