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  1. #31
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    I am doing really well today. I took a few steps with a cane . Just a short distance as I was very tired from it

    I am leaving rehab a week from tomorrow


    Melissa

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    So glad you are doing better and no roommate! In rehab I had a nice older lady so it was OK. Otherwise, it would be awful when you feel like that. Glad they are keeping you there for another week. That will help tremendously. 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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    Nice to hear you sounding much better. I hope you have been able to catch up on some sleep. Great that you are walking! Keep up the good work and never take you eye off that light at the end of the tunnel, where a new life awaits.
    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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    Thank you everyone for your good wishes

    Melissa

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    You are sounding so much better each day. And thank goodness you lost the nasty roommate. Talk about adding more stress to your situation! And you're using a cane already? Wow, I was using a walker for the entire 3 weeks that I was in the hospital. Hang in there, Melissa!
    Laurie
    Age 57
    Posterior fusion w/thoracoplasty T2-L3 Oct 1, 2010
    Thoracic curve corrected from 61* to 16*
    Lumbar curve, unknown measurement
    Disfiguring back hump GONE!!
    Dr Munish Gupta
    UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA

  6. #36
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    God, I'm having flashbacks about the crummy roommate. I feel for ya! I had a hospital employee with a broken leg (boo hoo to you, lady) who was so dramatic I wanted to throw a tray at her face. Plus she had men visiting until god knows what time of night - they were coworkers of hers so I was ambling past strange men, alone, to get into the bathroom.

    I hope you get home very very soon and that the pain starts to ease. It's like visiting the mouth of Hades and bathing in the River Styx for a month, between the pain and the forgetting (I lost nearly a month due to oxy).

    bright blessings, kiddo.
    Female, age 38
    4 years of bracing, concluded at 42*upper/38*lower
    currently 64*upper/40*lower
    Fused T3-L4 on Feb 23 2011
    now 32*upper/18* lower

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    I hope you put a smile on Melissa's face Lily. You did mine.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    I hope you put a smile on Melissa's face Lily. You did mine.
    You, madam, are a cheap date. :P
    Female, age 38
    4 years of bracing, concluded at 42*upper/38*lower
    currently 64*upper/40*lower
    Fused T3-L4 on Feb 23 2011
    now 32*upper/18* lower

  9. #39
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    Lily--
    Ha-- Now I'm smiling too! 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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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    I am doing really well today. I took a few steps with a cane . Just a short distance as I was very tired from it

    I am leaving rehab a week from tomorrow


    Melissa
    Yeah Melissa! I am so happy for you. Keep up the good work.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    When I have nights like the past two and do not feel the best, all I have to do is reread my posts and see how far I have come in such a short time

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    It's 2 steps forward, one back in the early weeks. Try not to be discouraged. And on good days, try not to overdo it. After your huge surgery, you're doing great Melissa!
    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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    Melissa,
    I think you are doing extremely well for all that you have been through. I can't imagine going to church so soon after surgery as I'm still not comfortable where the pew back hits my shoulder blade area. I know you're having trouble sleeping, but that will pass. It just seems so much better for you this time. What a difference the surgeon makes! Keep focusing on that light at the end of the tunnel that Ed refers to often.
    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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    Thanks Karen and Jennifer for your good wishes. I know that it is back and forth with recovery. It is just that I am so afraid of what happened last time happening again. Last year I was feeling so good until maybe 3/4 months post opp and then I started feeling crummy. I know that I have a much better surgeon this time and that makes so much difference. I just keep looking ahead

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

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    How are you feeling Melissa? You have been in my thoughts.
    __________________________________________
    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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