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  1. Jerseyot: All Done, But Needed 6 surgeries, not 5...

    Well, I made It - barely - out of that 1st surgery on Nov.15th. All in all it was 10 hours long and I'm fused now fused T1-S1 but they didn't touch the pelvic anchors (thank God). I had an extremely...
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    Surgery #3 of 2012 this Thursday....

    What a year 2012 has been for me and my family. In 2-1/2 days, I will have my 3rd surgery of the year (#5 in my life) and at this point, I'm as ready as I'll ever be (again)! I will try to keep my...
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    Evelyn, you may be onto something with the Valium...

    Evelyn, you may be onto something with the Valium things. I take one 5mg tablet almost every day and your theory lines up with when these "episodes" tend to occur - they're definitely NOT panic atta...
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    Rohrer: thanks so much for mentioning that heart...

    Rohrer: thanks so much for mentioning that heart condition as a possibility - not that I want t have a heart condition but its definitely something I want to mention to my surgeon!

    Golf Nut:thanks...
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    All of my EKG's have always been normal. As for...

    All of my EKG's have always been normal. As for sleeping, well that's hit or moss - mostly miss. Tonight for instance I slept 2-4:30am...not one of my better nights...and that's WITH taking a 5mg...
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    See, that's the thing...i drink on average about...

    See, that's the thing...i drink on average about 4 sixteen oz. bottles of water a day. And it only happens hen. Get after laying down for a while, going up/down stairs, even something as simple as...
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    JenniferG: I know! So was I. Crazy, isn't it?!? ...

    JenniferG: I know! So was I. Crazy, isn't it?!?

    I know I used past tense when I wrote in my precious email that my heart rate shoots sky high with even the littlest of exertion and that I'm...
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    YES!! DEFINITELY, they do recycle the blood I...

    YES!! DEFINITELY, they do recycle the blood I will lose and pump it right back into me. That's standard practice for them. I just pray that hose donor forms come in today's mail otherwise no one can...
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    Hi everyone and thanks so much for all of your...

    Hi everyone and thanks so much for all of your input and suggestions. The hospital I am going to basically doesn't give blood unless the patient REALY needs it. According to the iCU Director, they're...
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    Hi rorher1: I'm perry sure sUre that sine I've...

    Hi rorher1: I'm perry sure sUre that sine I've been a rather nervous person ("such a worrier" my parents and friends say) that that is probably the reason for it. AND to know just how big and...
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    Surgery just 9 days....very nervous....

    Hello all----my original surgery (#5) was supposed to take place on 10/30 but as a result of hurricane Sandy it was cancelled. All non-emergency surgeries were cancelled for Monday and Tuesday. I was...
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    Yeah, I try to keep my blog up-to-date because I...

    Yeah, I try to keep my blog up-to-date because I have a large family and so many and friends and family want to know what's going on. Here is my blog if interested: jerseyot.blogspot.com

    And...
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    Surgery was cancelled yesterday. I have no idea...

    Surgery was cancelled yesterday. I have no idea when he will be we will be able to reschedule this...it's been months in the making and he's scheduled thru December. He said he'd do everything he...
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    Thanks so much for all of your replies...I do...

    Thanks so much for all of your replies...I do appreciate them. Rajma: thanks so much for your words of encouragement. They are much appreciated. As for the number of levels and the number of fusions...
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    Thanks so much Jackie. I really hope the same is...

    Thanks so much Jackie. I really hope the same is true for me as well -- my 5th surgery is just 1 week from tomorrow! Hard to believe. I've found that blogging about the my experience has been...
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    Hi there: yes they've given me Valium to take as...

    Hi there: yes they've given me Valium to take as needed for the anxiety. It helps a little but because it makes me so tired, I can only take it at night when my husband comes home. My surgeon is Dr....
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    Well, surgery #3 of 2012 is just 3 weeks away...

    Well, it's just 3 weeks away...on October 30th, I will be having my 3rd back surgery of 2012 (#5 in my lifetime). My badly broken T12 transverse process has not repaired itself despite using the...
  18. I've had two posterior spinal fusions with...

    I've had two posterior spinal fusions with Harrington rods...see signature...I had them removed 9 months ago due to severe degenerated discs below it (like you) and Flatback Deformity, which was...
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    Thanks for your support....I have every...

    Thanks for your support....I have every confidence in my surgeon and great faith in him. If I had not broken my back I'd be doing extremely well right now. But I had an overly aggressive home PT and...
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    Hi everyone: sorry for the hiatus but I...

    Hi everyone:

    sorry for the hiatus but I haven't been on the forum for months. Melissa emailed me to see how i was doing and tht prompted me to drop in and update you all. I've been in horrible...
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    Hi Pat - That's definitely the $1milliompn...

    Hi Pat -

    That's definitely the $1milliompn dollar question!! No one knows --- even me! Very very frustrating but it happened so I have to deal with it. I'll get thru this -- it wasn't on my...
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    Well for any of you who've been following me and...

    Well for any of you who've been following me and my blog, I thank you and wish I had this earth-shattering wonderful news to share with you all...BUT, after another visit with my orthopedic surgeon,...
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    I'm standing there right next to ya...

    I'm standing there right next to ya girlfriend...right there next to ya...it's not fun and my ,ESA rent been working anymore. I'm Ina major funk - physically, emotionally and psychologically. Emai me...
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    PS: thanks for all of you who vote (and KEEP...

    PS: thanks for all of you who vote (and KEEP VOTING) for my little "bright eyes" - his pic is at the bottom of page 2 now so just look for a cute little baby knowing on a yellow arc. Here's the link!...
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    Hi Annabeller: You KNOW I know how you feel....

    Hi Annabeller:

    You KNOW I know how you feel. You and I could write paragraphs In a book side by side about what it's REALLY like to go through something like this. I too am still on pain meds (as...
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