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    Ti-Ed 3 yrs

    3 years ago today, was the day I had to go in and get things done....and boy, did I ever get things done!

    I would never ever reverse my decision and nobody can tell Iím fused....

    Dr Menmuir saved my life. No doubt. I still cant believe it. It totally changed my life.

    Of course I have to add my skiing video in case any of you missed it!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tEyp...&feature=email
    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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    Congratulations all over the place, Ti Ed!

    Yours was a major overhaul and you had a great result.

    The skiing is amazing and so are the photos of you twisting. Those go a long way to dispel fears about range of motion in long fusions I think.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Happy Anniv!!!!!!

    Great video! (Your cameraman had his work cut out for him!)

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    Congratulations! You are an inspiration every time I read your posts.
    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
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    Sharon
    Thx

    Yes, those range of motion pics help quite a bit... I hope people look at those, they are in my threads.

    My surgeon really didnít want to do my surgeries and painted a grim picture. It was only after my blood work that he saw that I really was in great shape from all the skiing. After all the exploratory that my vascular surgeon did, my guts were raw! He also checked me out up high when he removed my gall bladder. I think that with all my metals and toxin exposure all these years, they wanted to look at things...they were looking for cancers. Hey, I passed the test! No problemo! I think that exercise and diet play a big part and being funky about toxins at the plant. I wont allow certain things to happen...Cutting Berylliumís, no leads, no solvents, things like that. I was warned by engineers at Lawrence Livermore about this many years ago.....

    Iím funky about chemicals, toxins and medications. I wont use insecticides....I will use baby powder.

    mgs
    Yes, my cameraman was boarding that day, and he is pretty good. I hope that people realize that we are experts who do this stuff often. There are rules that we follow, and are pretty safe. There are people that die out here about 1 per month, there are searches that happen often. Backcountry skiing takes training.

    Sonny Bono was skiing on painkillers, in flat light, at 4pm on the 3rd day after a storm with above freezing temps, alone. He broke many rules.
    When the snow setís up, we stay out of the trees or far from trees. We also spot one another. If a person doesnít show up at the bottom, we will go back up the lift and ski the exact same line again. I donít ski alone anymore.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Yes, those range of motion pics help quite a bit... I hope people look at those, they are in my threads.
    I think they are important enough for you to consider putting them in your sig file. I think they have quelled fears about fusion to the pelvis. They are among the most counterintuitive photos on this forum in my opinion. That is, I never would have thought you could have that much ROM with a T2-pelvis fusion but of course I wasn't basing that opinion on anything real world.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    Sonny Bono was skiing on painkillers, in flat light, at 4pm on the 3rd day after a storm with above freezing temps, alone. He broke many rules.
    When the snow setís up, we stay out of the trees or far from trees. We also spot one another. If a person doesnít show up at the bottom, we will go back up the lift and ski the exact same line again. I donít ski alone anymore.
    Ed
    Was Michael Kennedy breaking any rules (besides playing football that is)?
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
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    Kennedyís breaking rules? No way.

    I watch weather like a hawk because Iím a storm skier. Love that deep pow! Itís a terrible addiction with no cure.

    We were following the Bono story closely since we are locals. When CR Johnson died at Squaw last year, the word spread quickly...There were many sad people out here.

    Mountain goats sometimes fall off cliffís....
    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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    Congratulations, Ed

    You are a great help to us fledgeling headed-for-surgery types, and I thank you.

    I know what you mean about the chemicals thing- I was always aware, but not diehard, and now I would rather live in harmony with the fruitflies enjoying my plants, rather than spray them. I might be also aging-eccentric, as well. Hmmm.
    Amy
    58 yrs old, diagnosed at 31, never braced
    Measured T-64, L-65 in 2009
    Measured T-57, L-56 in 2010, different doc
    2 lumbar levels spondylolisthesis
    Exercising to correct

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    Ed, I agree about putting your ROM in your signature. It would be easy to miss them if it isn't a topic at that particular time. Those pics were instrumental in easing MY fears of fusion and pelvic fixation.
    I can't believe all you do at 3 years post op. Amazing. You are indeed our beloved poster boy!!!
    Jenee'-52
    Bend, Oregon

    Braced 3 years in high school
    Lumbar 70'+ Thoracic 70'+
    I had 3" shrinkage in 6 months...

    Surgery Jan 10, 2011
    9 hours
    T3 to S1 with pelvic fixation
    Both curves now 35'

    Possible revison for Flatback Syndrome
    Non-fusion
    Loose/broken hardware-awaiting CT results

    Here is the link to my before and after pics..
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt......&highlight=

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    Happy Anniversary, Ed! The skiing video is great--hadn't seen it before. Seeing as how my skiing experience was very very limited before surgery, don't see it happening now. Looks fun except for all those trees that could jump out in front of me. Keep going strong with all those things you enjoy. That's fantastic! 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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    Hearty congrats Ed! Your joy in your outcome is plain for all to see. Your result is nothing short of miraculous. Enjoy and make the most of every single day!
    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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    Happy 3rd Anniversary!! Congratulations!!
    You are an inspiration and a tremendous help to all who seek your advice. Thank you.
    The skiing video was great! You are amazing. Glad you follow all the safety rules.
    Wishing you a lifetime of good health and joy.
    Best wishes,
    Irene

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    Ed, you are THE MAN. Congratulations and keep up the good work -- and be careful out there!!!
    Chris
    A/P fusion on June 19, 2007 at age 52; T10-L5
    Pre-op thoracolumbar curve: 70 degrees
    Post-op curve: 12 degrees
    Dr. Boachie-adjei, HSS, New York

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    How fast three years goes by. Congratulations and thanks for all your inspiration. You really know how to live.
    Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
    Posterior Fusion L2-S1 on 12/4/2007. age 67
    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
    New England Baptist Hospital, Boston, MA
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