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Thread: Yea! 1 year appt.!

  1. #1
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    Cool Yea! 1 year appt.!

    Well, I am officially released with "no restrictions" Yea! I also met with Doreen1 and her beautiful family and NanLo for breakfast prior to appt and visited with them in the waiting room. Its hard to believe how far a person comes in a year after a huge surgery. (my 1 year is actually Oct 11 but this was the closest they could get me in as of 6 mos ago! ) Thanks to all for the support and information on this forum!
    Last edited by Heidiv2; 09-21-2011 at 03:15 PM. Reason: change wording
    Heidi
    35 year old mother of 2 lil girls
    60 degree thoracic
    44 degree lumbar
    Oct. 11, 2010 surgery
    Dr. Lenke St. Louis
    1 year follow up: 15 degree thoracic, 22 lumbar
    fused T1 to L1


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    Congrats on being one year post-op! Such a milestone.

    It's nice that you've met up with some forum members. I met up with hdugger from here when we were down in Portland. I think she actually came up to Shriners at least three times and I'm hoping to meet up with her again at the end of October when we head back for my son's six month checkup. I'm really looking forward to having lunch/dinner with her again. My treat this time. :-)
    Son 14 y/o diagnosed January 20th. 2011 with 110* Curve
    Halo Traction & 1st. surgery on March 22nd. 2011
    Spinal Fusion on April 19th. 2011

    Dr. Krajbich @ Shriners Childrens Hospital, Portland Oregon



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  3. #3
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    Congrats!!! I'm so happy for you. It always makes me happy to hear of a great outcome as it inspires us all.
    30 y.o female, very active, considering surgery
    08/03/11 - 54 degrees
    06/2004 - 33 degrees
    Don't like hospitals

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    Congratulations on reaching a great milestone! It is so encouraging for me that there are people like you who have survived that first year of recovery and are now in the thriving mode.
    Donna
    Female - 49 yrs old at surgery
    Surgery 5/5/11 - Dr. Bridwell, St. Louis
    Fused T3-L3
    60 degree thoracic curve corrected to 30 degrees
    Tennis player & returning to the courts!
    http://s1050.photobucket.com/profile/walkingmom1/index

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    Yay!!! So happy for you! And thanks for helping me along my way, you were such an inspiration to me!
    Rebecca
    Age: 28
    Dx w/ scoli @ age 12 S curves T-40* L-42*
    wore night bending brace as teenager
    Curves changed to 50's plus or minus
    herniated disc L2-3, Discectomy October 2007
    fusion L2-3 November 2008
    Revision L2-3 Fusion, Removal of hardware August 2009
    Curves measuring 52 T&L September 2010
    Fused T4-L4, all posterior December 27th 2010
    gained almost two inches in height

    Before and After Exterior
    Before and After X-rays
    My blog: http://herscoliosisjourney.blogspot.com/

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    Heidi,
    Congratulations on your good report! I'm so glad you got to meet Nancy and Doreen. I've met Evelyn (confused mom), Laurie Anne, and my main support during the pre-surgery jitters, Kathy K. It has to give Doreen some confidence to see how well you and Nancy are doing. I am looking forward to my year appointment on Jan. 18th & hope I get the green light, as well. Don't you feel fortunate to have had Dr. Lenke for your surgeon? I know I do.
    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

    Thanks to all for the replies and yes Karen I feel very blessed to have Dr Lenke as my surgeon, what a great guy.
    Heidi
    35 year old mother of 2 lil girls
    60 degree thoracic
    44 degree lumbar
    Oct. 11, 2010 surgery
    Dr. Lenke St. Louis
    1 year follow up: 15 degree thoracic, 22 lumbar
    fused T1 to L1


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    It was a treat meeting you and Nancy too! I have to tell you, after you left the waiting room, one of the patients asked us, "How long ago was her surgery? She looks great!"

    Has Nancy posted her updates? I keep losing internet connection here so I'm having a hard time reading through new posts.

    Karen, I cannot thank you enough for emailing me with Nancy's info. What a blessing it was to connect with two scoli-Lenke-girls!

    Warmly,
    Doreen
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

    http://thebionicachronicles.blogspot.com/

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    I think all of Dr. Lenke's paients feel truly blessed /fortunate/lucky, etc. We definitely have one of the best surgeons in the country as our surgeon! I'm glad you girls could meet. Nancy, your blogs show so much personality of you and your husband that I feel like I've met you. I love the one about the blue jello.
    Karen
    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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    my 1 year check up

    Hi All,
    My one year appointment w/ Dr Lenke went well too. It was wonderful to see him, and wonderful to connect w/ Doreen and Heidi. Thanks to Karen who put us in touch. So now I am allowed to do ANYTHING! I can't get over that. I walked my dog for the first time today in over a year... and I'm looking forward to lifting my 27 pound granddaughter. Got a rx for PT, so I can get some guidance for new exercises too. yaaaaay!
    I am so thrilled for you, Doreen, you can look forward to Dr Lenke doing his magic for you. Sorry I haven't been posting - now I am inspired to keep in touch.
    Warm wishes,
    Nancy
    Age 58
    Surgery w/ Dr Lenke August 23, 2010
    original curves 91 thoracic, 86 lumbar
    fused T1 to sacrum, new curves 50 and 45

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