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Thread: JERSEYOT UPDATE: I broke my back - in hospital

  1. #31
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    We care

    Hi Michele,

    I am sure there are tons of people who care about you and your recovery, so please do not leave the group.

    I am shocked to hear all you have had to endure. I simply cannot imagine being away from my home and children for so long. You have endured so much pain. I am really happy that you are in such a wonderful-sounding rehab hospital, and that your recovery will continue.

    Please do keep us updated on your progress. We will all be happy to hear when you get to return home.

    Best regards,
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Hi Michelle,
    I care also and am glad you are getting the help you need. I am sure your emotional pain of being away from your family is much worse than your physical pain. Linda cares also I am sure or she wouldn't bother to post. She is just a bit more clinical than the rest of the folks on here because that is her area of expertise.
    Stay strong and keep healing.
    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
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenniferG View Post
    What a shocking experience you've been through. When I first read that you'd broken your back, my first thought was "how?" But as you say, it's really not that important at the moment. The most important thing is that you heal and get back to your girls and family. Resuming normal life is your goal and I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly. When you are able, please keep us up to date because as has been said, your experience is very valuable to the forum. Best of luck, Michele!
    I second it all! It's got to be awful being away from your babies, very thankful you have your parents who are able to be there with them. Sounds as though you're working so hard towards healing - praying for complete healing, swiftly. We do care & are rooting for your complete recovery.
    LeighAnn
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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    Quote Originally Posted by loves to skate View Post
    Hi Michelle,
    I care also and am glad you are getting the help you need. I am sure your emotional pain of being away from your family is much worse than your physical pain. Linda cares also I am sure or she wouldn't bother to post. She is just a bit more clinical than the rest of the folks on here because that is her area of expertise.
    Stay strong and keep healing.
    Sally
    Well said, Sally.

    Hang in there Michele.
    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 loves to skate View Post
    Hi Michelle,
    I care also and am glad you are getting the help you need. I am sure your emotional pain of being away from your family is much worse than your physical pain. Linda cares also I am sure or she wouldn't bother to post. She is just a bit more clinical than the rest of the folks on here because that is her area of expertise.
    Stay strong and keep healing.
    Sally
    ^^ Exactly to this!

    Wow Michele, you definitely have been through the mill backwards you poor woman. I sure hope you heal soon and can get back to your family and your life. I read in a previous comment that you have a blog? I don't see it listed on your signature but would love to read it if you're keeping one. Where can I find it? Thanks.
    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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    Michele,

    You are one phenominal woman! I'm so sorry that this happened to you and I am cheering for you to make it home to your babies soon!

    Kathy
    Kathy
    46 yrs at surgery, now 50
    71 degree thoracolumbar curve corrected to 34 degrees
    8/2/2010 surgery with Dr. Lenke

    posterior T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation

    4 osteotomies and 1 cage
    http://s1066.photobucket.com/albums/...athK_08022010/

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    Michele

    Deep breaths......your setback will only be temporary, you know this. Your extra tough to endure what you have been through, things will get better.

    Sally hit the nail right on the head.....Linda works hard at moderating here and does it for free. Itís a job that requires quite a bit of effort....and for all of us......

    I hope that you start having some improvement soon. I know how much of a drag this can be, I practically ran out of the hospital with hoses still attached and in major pain. That wasnít a great idea....

    Stay tough and hang in there. Healing thoughts!
    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 59, 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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    I can't even count how many private messages I've gotten between now and my last post a few days a go. Thank you - ALL of you for such encouraging words and such uplifting words to continue. And for now, I will stay. I would just appreciate if my posts weren't scrutinized as if they weren't true/accurate - I know what I'm talking about and to have an "I don't think so comment" thrown into a post is just totally uncalled for. If we're all here to support then that's what I'd like. I have been away from my babies since March 28 and so this whole situation didn't 3 exactly turn out the way I had hoped or planned, but right now I'm all about supporting and encouraging not the other "stuff" I spoke of. Thank you to all of you who posted and PM'd that I should stay - for now, i will.

    Michele
    www.jerseyot.blogspot.com
    1993/1995: PSF w/ Harrington rods T3-L4
    Jan. 24, 2012: ALIF of L4-L5, L5-S1 w/ cage spacer and BMP
    Jan. 31, 2012: PLIF of L1-S1 w/ pelvic anchors
    Scheduled Nov.15, 2012: Fusion T2-S1 w/ pelvic anchors to fix T12 fracture
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ot/myback2.jpg - BEFORE
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT2342x406.jpg - AFTER
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT1410x229.jpg - AFTER
    www.jerseyot.blogspot.com

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    Michele,
    I am sorry for all that you have been through. I hope you get to go home to your babies soon. We do care about you!
    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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    Golfnut: i get to go home is THREE (3) days!!! Thursday May 3rd is my big day!!! I can't wait. My biggest fear really at this point is FUSION....the surgical chaos that I had done on 1/24 and 1/31 NEED to fuse ---- and on top of that, this transverse process fracture NEEDS TO HEAL
    1993/1995: PSF w/ Harrington rods T3-L4
    Jan. 24, 2012: ALIF of L4-L5, L5-S1 w/ cage spacer and BMP
    Jan. 31, 2012: PLIF of L1-S1 w/ pelvic anchors
    Scheduled Nov.15, 2012: Fusion T2-S1 w/ pelvic anchors to fix T12 fracture
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ot/myback2.jpg - BEFORE
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT2342x406.jpg - AFTER
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT1410x229.jpg - AFTER
    www.jerseyot.blogspot.com

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    I can't imagine how hard it has been to be away from your children. The BMP is supposed to be effective with fusion, but I understand how we all have worries about it. Best of luck (you certainly deserve it) with a smooth 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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    Quote Originally Posted by jerseyot View Post
    Golfnut: i get to go home is THREE (3) days!!! Thursday May 3rd is my big day!!! I can't wait. My biggest fear really at this point is FUSION....the surgical chaos that I had done on 1/24 and 1/31 NEED to fuse ---- and on top of that, this transverse process fracture NEEDS TO HEAL
    C'mon May 3rd! That's phenomenal. You've endured so very much; still hoping & praying for your complete healing. Please don't overdo when you get home - but I know you're going to be so thrilled to be home getting all the love from your little ones!
    LeighAnn
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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    I can not WAIT to get home to my little ones! I miss them soooooo much it's unbelievable. That Vod for Skype - we use it every night and my hubby brings them every sunday to see me. THREE MORE DAYS! This fusion and fracture HAS TO and I mean HAS TO FUSE/HEAL ---- I/we can NOT do another surgery. It has to work.
    1993/1995: PSF w/ Harrington rods T3-L4
    Jan. 24, 2012: ALIF of L4-L5, L5-S1 w/ cage spacer and BMP
    Jan. 31, 2012: PLIF of L1-S1 w/ pelvic anchors
    Scheduled Nov.15, 2012: Fusion T2-S1 w/ pelvic anchors to fix T12 fracture
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...ot/myback2.jpg - BEFORE
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT2342x406.jpg - AFTER
    http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c3...CT1410x229.jpg - AFTER
    www.jerseyot.blogspot.com

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    That's great news! When you get home just relax and heal--get those healing (gentle) hugs from the little ones. I'm so happy for you. Take care. 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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    So glad to hear that you are finally going to be going home to your family. This is the best healing medicine.
    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
    Dr. Frank F. Rands735.photobucket.com/albums/ww360/butterflyfive/

    "In God We Trust" Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.

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