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Thread: Just over 2 weeks post-op

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
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    Australia
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    Just over 2 weeks post-op

    Hi guys,

    Finally feel up to posting. I spent 2 weeks in hospital due to a sleepy bowel. I felt like I ad abdominal surgery rather than spinal surgery. I looked like a puffer fish full of gas and was very nauseous. I was Nil by mouth most of my stay which made me very weak, anaemic and mucked up my electrolytes. This has been resolved and I'm now feeling pretty good. Got a great correction on my 55 deg left thoracolumbar curve, fused T9 to L3. My left side feels perfect but I get a gnawing pain in the soft tissue on my right side that use to be the concave part of my back. This is decreasing though. I went off pain meds to get my bowel right but have slowly increased again, mainly just at night. Ask any questions.
    Talk soon!
    Kelly
    49 yrs Australia

  2. #2
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    Jun 2011
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    Kelly,

    Glad that you are home and that things are getting better


    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Ukiah CA
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    kelly just think the hardst is over
    Kara
    25
    Brace 4-15-05-5-25-06
    Posterior Spinal Fusion 3-10-10
    T4-L2
    Before 50T
    After 20T

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2005
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    Wheeling, WV
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    Talking

    The 'puffer fish' description made me laugh. Brought back some funny memories too.

    Thanks I needed a chuckle,
    Shari

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
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    Hi Kelly, glad to hear that you're home and doing well. I bet you can hardly believe it's over. Was wondering how you were doing just this morning, and was going to do a search for your email address, so I'm glad to see you posting. Take it easy, sleep, walk every day at least for a short distance, eat healthy food, sleep and walk some more. I tell this to everyone newly postop because it worked for me. It gets boring, but patience is important now, especially if you're feeling good!
    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

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
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    Waterloo, IL
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    Kelly,
    You have the worst behind you and now you are on your way with your recovery. I liked your puffer fish description of the bloating. It's a slow process but a rewarding one as you start to see improvements each month (no matter how small).
    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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