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    Update on Radiogirl

    Hi to all of Laura's (Radiogirl's) forum friends and scoli buddies... this is her sister Marsha posting for her. Laura's surgery went well, according to her doctor, and is making progress every day. slowly but surely, she is regaining some strength and mental clarity. The meds they give you, and the anesthesia, really do cloud your brain, and the whole experience has just wiped her out! But today, we are seeing marked improvement. This morning, she was able to sit up on side of bed, walk to the door of her room with a walker, and even brushed her teeth! Huge relief for her! Then sat in a chair for 10 minutes. Occupational Therapist showed her how to put on socks and pants. At the same time, she's been given her first food by mouth -- clear liquids for now -- so she gobbled down a small bowl of jello! Yum! All that excitement really wore her out, so she's now sleeping again -- what she's been doing for 4 days running!

    Anyway, thank you all for your good wishes for Laur and, if she feels up to it, I will try to get her to read the forum when she wakes later today. so if you leave messages for her here, she'll see them soon. Thanks to all of you for being there for her -- it's been such a tremendous help having the benefit of your collective experience to draw on. Radiogirl's Sister
    Laura
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13749126@N06/

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    Laura,

    Way to go!! You are now on the other side and it sounds like you are doing well/

    Melissa

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    Laura - so glad to hear you are doing well. So good that your sister is taking such good care of you too. Sounds like you are progressing right along. Congrats on a successful surgery and best wishes in recovery.
    Shari - 55 years old
    Pre-Surgery 62 degree thorasic curve with shifting.
    Post op 13 degree curve.
    Successful surgery 4/15/10, T3-L2 fused.
    2nd surgery to reopen incision 10" to diagnose infection, 5/18/10
    Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI - the late Dr. Harry Herkowitz
    www.scoliosisthejourney.com

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    Thanks Marsha. That's great news! Glad to have another scoli safely over the surgery. Hope the next week or so goes quickly and smoothly for you both.
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Radiogirl update from Radiogirl Herself!!

    I just signed in and tried to post something, but hit the send button before it was finished... those drugs do the craziest things to you! Oh, and the dreams! They're very entertaining. I wish I would have brought my own pillow to the hospital because theirs are very lumpy and hard. The nursing staff at Barnes Jewish Hospital in st. Louis has been great. That's all I can write for now. Will try to post again soon.
    Laura
    62 degrees
    49 yrs. young
    Surgery 3/31/10 with Lenke

    Before and After pics
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/13749126@N06/

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    Good to hear all is well. Laura your on the healing side now and hope an easy recovery for you.

    Marsha - I was where you are (not the patient - my dd was) so sending best wishes to you too. This part is also hard for you, but you will see great improvements in the days to come. Take care both of you

    Dee
    Dee - Mother of two daughters, both with scoliosis KateScoliKid (16yo) 52* Lumbar curve
    Fusion Surgery 2/9/10 T-11->L-3 @CHKD Norfolk VA
    Jes (20yo) T 3 -> L 3 w/ Kyphosis

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    Laura--Great to hear your "voice"! Hang in there; you're doing great. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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    It's wonderful to hear from you, Laura. Every day will get easier. Welcome to the world of "straight backs"! Hugs to you and your sister, too.


    Anne in PA
    Age 58
    Diagnosed at age 14, untreated, no problem until age 50
    T4 to sacrum fusion
    63 thoracic now 35, 92 lumbar now 53
    Dr. Baron Lonner, 2/2/10
    Am pain-free, balanced, happy & an inch taller !

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    Welcome back to the forum Laura. We missed you! And, I concur on those St. Louis pillows. Oops, forgot to warn you about those I guess. I had one pillow out of about 10 I was using (Ha!) that really classified as being called a pillow - the rest of them were sacks of rocks to my notion. Just concentrate on getting well as best/fast as you can and you can go home to your own bed/pillows. That's a wonderful feeling for sure! And, sounds like you are doing just great so keep it up. We're all pulling for you!!!!!

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    It's so great to read this!!!
    Fused T-3 to L-3, Aug 25
    Hardware removal surgery, Nov 2, 2010
    Fused T-10 to L-2, osteotomy, Feb 22, 2011

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    I know Radiogirl is walking the halls these days and sitting up, so that is encouraging. Keep up the good work Laura!!!!!
    Rita Thompson
    Age 46
    Milwaukee Brace wearer for 3 years in childhood
    Surgery Mar 1st - 95 degree thoracic curve
    Surgery by Dr. Lenke, St. Louis, MO
    Post-surgery curve 25-30 degree

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    [QUOTE=Radiogirl;95632] Oh, and the dreams! They're very entertaining. QUOTE]

    Laura,

    Let me guess. Fabio?

    LOL
    Hang in there!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 60, the new 55...
    Pre surgery curves C12,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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    Hi Laura, been thinking of you so much since I was just in your shoes 7 weeks ago!
    Remember, stay strong and positive! You will be in my shoes in no time!
    Have they said yet what your curvature is down to now?
    Keep us all updated on your status!
    Melissa

    Pre-Op = 64 degrees thoracic curve, 56 degrees lumbar curve
    Post-Op = 19 degrees thoracic curve, 10 degrees lumbar curve
    Grew 3 inches from surgery

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    My wonderful hubby told me I was talking so many times to people in my room who weren't there that he wasn't sure there wasn't someone climbing in the window.....so funny!!!! That's the medicine - how do people use this stuff for fun??? Geesh!
    Rita Thompson
    Age 46
    Milwaukee Brace wearer for 3 years in childhood
    Surgery Mar 1st - 95 degree thoracic curve
    Surgery by Dr. Lenke, St. Louis, MO
    Post-surgery curve 25-30 degree

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    Rita--
    My husband told me of a lot of weird things I had to say in the hospital. Then he had to tell me all of it again since I forgot most of the first couple months! Glad you are doing so well. Janet
    Janet

    61 years old--57 for surgery

    Diagnosed in 1965 at age of 13--no brace
    Thoracic Curve: 96 degrees to 35 degrees
    Lumbar Curve: 63 degrees to 5 degrees
    Surgery with Dr. Lenke in St. Louis--March 30, 2009
    T-2 to Pelvis, and hopefully all posterior procedure.

    All was posterior along with 2 cages and 6 osteotomies.

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