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Thread: I made it!

  1. #1
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    I made it!

    I made it through 3 full days at work (plus a 45 minute drive each way)! There was a smidge of an ache in my left hip at the end of day one, but nothing else since. Nine weeks post-op and this so far is my best week... completely off the percocet, "graduated" from physical therapy, and made it back to work!
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52 T6 to T12, 35 T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=03212f3e17

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    Congratulations Tiffany. You're doing great! May your recovery continue as smoothly.
    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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    Congratulations! I'm sure you've worked hard to get to this point. Keep up the good work with your recovery.
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    That is wonderful news , Tiffany

    Melissa

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    That was quick! I hope you get to walk around often, it helps.

    At some occupations, you would be surprised how much people walk. One of the guys at work had a pedometer and reported 9 miles in a shift.
    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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    Tiffany, it's a wonderful thing when you can return to some semblance of your life, now take it easy for the weekend!
    Dolores A
    June 4, 2009 Anterior L3 - S1
    June 8, 2009 Posterior T4 - Pelvis
    Mark Agulnick, MD FAAOS
    NY Spine & Scoliosis Center

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    I seem to be doing a couple things sooner than expected (released from the hospital in only 3 days, back to work early). I do get to walk around a bit at work, but definitely not 9 miles... the copier is only so far from my "cube"!

    On a side note, everyone at work keeps telling me how different I look. I was beginning to feel a little disappointed from my surgery that I didn't look much different at least to me. I still don't see it, but if others can then it's all good!
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52 T6 to T12, 35 T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=03212f3e17

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    Smile

    Tiffany,

    What a great thread to start!!!! Not all of us have the same wonderful recovery, but, I have to let you know that you are giving alot of potential post-oppies a very good example. Stay strong and positive. Who knows how much good this thread will do for so many wondering what's the right thing for them.

    Take Care,
    Shari

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    Shari -

    I wouldn't say I had a wonderful recovery the entire time. I don't want to mislead any potential post-oppies that this surgery is a piece of cake because it is so not. The first month was a total bear that I questioned every day why I did this and had a lot of emotional outbursts. Somehow after that month it just got better by leaps and bounds. I don't consider myself a lucky person, but maybe I should start.
    Tiffany K
    I'm not short, I'm fun size!

    29 years old
    4'11", never braced
    Pre-surgery, 52 T6 to T12, 35 T12 to L4
    T1-L2, Posterior 8/5/2010, gained 1"

    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?ai...9&l=03212f3e17

  10. #10
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    Hi Tiffany,

    I never intended to simplify your recovery. We know it's a hard surgery and recovery. But you are back to work after 9 weeks, I think that is remarkable.

    You are a strong person.
    Take Care,
    Shari

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