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  1. #1
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    Laptop

    Do you think it's safe to bring my laptop into hospital when I have my surgery? I'm concerned that when I'm away from the ward at any time - do you think it might get stolen? I LOVE my mac laptop, and don't want to risk it, but knowing I'll be in the hospital for approx. two and a half weeks because I'll be moving into re-hab afterward, I will truly miss my laptop if it's not with me. Any advice would be great!
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    Hi Lynette

    I was told not to bring anything of value as the hospital does not want to be responsible for theft. After you get into your room, it would be safest to have someone bring down all the goodies.

    For some reason, I was moved around quite a bit, and was in a few different areas of the hospital for the first few days.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Ed - that's what I figured. So it's probably best to leave it at home. I am definitely taking my Iphone with me though, I'll have my best friend hold it for me till I get into my room, that will be my lifeline to my boys, and also I can post on this forum through my Iphone too that's so long as I can get a connection. I was at a local hospital yesterday getting my chest xrays done and there was no connection on my phone there!
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    My cell worked in the hospital. I guess you wont know till you are there.

    I didn’t make very many calls, I wouldn’t have wanted to bother with a computer at that time... Like I said, I would wait a few days, then have someone bring the things you need.

    I woke up with a beard! I do grow them fast but it has been about 25 years since I had one. By the time I made it to the bathroom,(I had a 9 day Ileus) that was a shock! All of a sudden, I looked in the mirror, and there was Kenny Rodgers, on drugs. LOL

    I needed a razor.
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    Here is a picture. LOL
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

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    I brought mine, but I also have it covered under a separate rider on my renters insurance. My *son's* laptop (on Okinawa) is also on my policy.

    It's cheap to add a computer to homeowner or renter insurance - and well worth it.

    Just my $.02.

    Pam
    Fusion is NOT the end of the world.
    AIDS Walk Houston 2008 5K @ 33 days post op!


    41, dx'd JIS & Boston braced @ 10
    Pre-op ±53°, Post-op < 20°
    Fused 2/5/08, T4-L1 ... Darrell S. Hanson, Houston


    VIEW MY X-RAYS
    EMAIL ME

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    Thanks Ed and Pam for your input, I think I'll leave the laptop behind, too many important files are on there that I would hate to lose. That picture is of Benny Hill Ed - I recognized him immediately, when I was growing up in Ireland we always used to watch the Benny Hill Show - hilarious stuff!
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    My hubby had our lap top with him but he carried it everywehre he went. He liked havinhg something to do

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    You can have it locked in the hospital safe during surgery.
    36 year young cardiac RN
    old curve C 29, T 70, L 50
    new curve C 7, T 23, L 20
    Surgery June 11, UCH, Dr. Cronen T2-L5, posterior
    Revision December 20 L5-S1 with pelvic fixation
    and Osteotomy to L3 at Tampa General Hospital

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    Lynette, I had surgery on December 9th, 2009. I don't know what I would do If I didn't have my laptop! I didnt want to read, but enjoyed using my laptop everyday. I began posting on this forum about two days after surgery. I was at Cedars Sinai Hospital at Beverly Hills, so found out that I was sharing a floor with one of the Kardashian's while she gave birth. Take it with you. My room was safe, but I didn't share a room.
    rich

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    I really really want to bring my laptop with me, because I love going on here and on Facebook, and that could pass many a long hour I'm sure, as I'll be going into re-hab so apparently I may be at the hospital for approx. two and a half weeks, so think I'll risk taking it with me. I'll have my friend hold on to it and my Iphone till I get moved out of the ICU into a regular room, then I could hopefully take it with me wherever I go in the hospital after that. Thanks again everyone for your advice on this.
    Lynette - 44 years old.

    Pre-surgery thoracic 55 degrees
    Pre-surgery lumbar 85 degrees

    Post-surgery thoracic 19 degrees
    Post-surgery lumbar 27 degrees

    Surgery April 1st 2010.

    Posterior spinal fusion from T9 to sacrum.
    Dr. Cronen at University Community Hospital - Tampa, FL.

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    I take literally a laptop everywhere I go - I wouldnot want to be without all your confidence and support you guys offer

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    Talking

    I had my iphone with me and I don't know what I would have done without it. I was able to do pretty much anything I could do on my laptop and keep it with me when I left the room. A friend of mine had surgery in calif. and the hospital had laptops that the patients could use. I guess they had to sign up for them or something. I wouldn't have felt safe bringing my laptop but the iphone was just perfect.
    avis
    1987 Lumbar Laminectomy (forget which levels)
    2005 A/P fusion, L2 - L5, 2/2005
    2009 2 Posterior fusions, T6 - Pelvis, 2/10 & 2/18,
    Dr. Frank Rand, NEBH

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    Gosh, I feel a little jealous! Your hospital stays all sound a lot more fun than mine was! You just never know what will happen when you're not there in your room. I was told not to bring anything valuable - the only thing I had was my ipod (my lifesaver!) and my cell phone. I did make a couple of calls so that was handy.

    My husband had his laptop with him but didn't leave it unattended - he needed something to keep him busy. I did bring a book but my eyes were blurry and I was not comfortable so I couldn't concentrate anyway. Same with the TV - we didn't turn it on until the night before I was discharged.

    If you have someone there with you (I strongly recommend that you do!) perhaps they can bring what you need as you're more able to use it.
    Julie - 51 yrs old

    Dx'd 1973 - 43* thoracic curve / rotation
    Wore Milwaukee brace 1973 - 1979
    Pre-surgery: 63* thoracic / 52* lumbar curves


    Surgeries: P - March 16, 2009 - Fused T3-S2 with pelvic fixation
    A -April 14, 2009 - Fused L5-S1
    Achieved +70% Correction
    Dr. Khaled Kebaish, (and team) Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore


    Standing x-ray
    New Spine 03/19/2009
    New Spine Lateral 03/19/2009

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