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  1. #76
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    Sally,
    I am so sorry that you have had such a rough time. I hope better days are in your near future.
    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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    I'm so sorry to hear this news Sally. We really should be able to rely on nurses to take this basic precaution. I'll be looking out for good news from you soon.
    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

  3. #78
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    Sally, hand washing is the key in hospitals now and it always has been. So sorry for the mess that you are in. I am amazed that more of us do not have problems.

    Wishing you a fast recovery. Make sure that everyone in your environment washes hands too. So sorry that this happened to you. Got to get those good bacteria into your system to fight off the bad ones!

    Take care and heal!

    Love, Susan
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  4. #79
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    Unfortunately Susan, it seems that the alcohol based hand wash is in every hospital room and it is so much easier to use that than to actually wash hands.
    Ed, yes, Vanco is pricy. I had to pay $125.00 for it. I don't know the actual price, but I would hate to have to pay for it out of pocket. I am so looking forward to that fecal transplant, not!
    Thanks to Debbei, Irina, golfnut, Jennifer, Susan and Ed for your kind words. It's funny to have an infection like this and not feel sick once I start on the antibiotic.
    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.

  5. #80
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    hi Sally
    you have been thru so much...
    i hope you get better fast...and can stay out of hospitals
    in the near future....you can go in basically healthy and come
    out really sick! i once went in for foot surgery and came out
    with a wicked virus of some kind...raging fever and all...
    my surgeon told me hospitals are the easiest places to become
    sick...germs flying all over!

    am wishing you a calm and uneventful 2014...with no hospital stays
    needed...

    jess...and Sparky

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    Sally,
    I sincerely hope you're on the way to recovery! I'd never heard of c. Diff. until a friend strongly suggested being on probiotics for quite awhile prior to my hospital stay. Supposedly that helps the digestive system fend off the bad bacteria.

    Keep us updated & take care.

    Peg

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    Sally--
    I'm so sorry to hear about this latest difficulty. Please stay strong! Thinking of you and praying for a complete and fast recovery. Janet

    I thought our forum was lost and gone forever! What happened? Just decided to try again and here it was. Maybe more info on here. This was first one I opened.
    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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    Sorry guys, for being away so long. I conquered the C Diff awhile back. Then my left knee started to really bother me. I tried to strengthen my quadriceps, but the knee pain continued. To make a long story short, I had arthroscopic knee surgery on my left knee last week and like a miracle, I am able to walk without a crutch or cane with no limp. I had a torn meniscus and have no idea how it happened. Such is life. These are minor things compared to Jess and rorher1. I hope everyone else is doing well.
    Sally
    PS: The right hip is perfect and now I can finally get my legs strong.
    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.

  9. #84
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    Hi Sally,

    Lovely to hear from you and great to know you're in a good place right now. Had wondered about your hip.
    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

  10. #85
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    I'm glad you're doing better Sally!
    __________________________________________
    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

  11. #86
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    It sounds like you are doing better. Thanks for letting us know.
    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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    Glad that you are doing better

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    December 8, 2014 - Another Broken Rod Surgery

  13. #88
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    Seems that for some of us, the journey doesn't seem to end easily! I hope that you are now well on the road to recovery! I wish you the best. You have always had an awesome attitude that I for one have always appreciated and found as a motivator.

    Keep smiling,
    Hugs,
    Susan and her abdominal truss
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  14. #89
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    hey Sally
    great to hear that you are recovering so well...i hope the knee
    is bionic once you are 100% well....
    but please...be careful...

    hugs from jess and Sparky

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    Thanks for all the kind words. At the ripe old age of 74, I think I am doing very well. Life can be a real challenge and attitude is very important to survival.
    Love to all, 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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