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  1. #31
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    Jackie

    Chances are you have some excellent doctors, with a challenging situation.....There is only going to be so much they can do. These specialists really want to help, the good docs have a lot of compassion, its why they become doctors. You have to sense that compassion, otherwise you have the wrong doctor. I never met my GP, he used a PA. I though to myself, come on, don't you want to even meet your patients? This happens a lot. Obviously, he is not my GP anymore.

    I remember keeping everyone at arms length during my recovery, we are so delicate in immediate recovery....The car trips can be hard.

    My last dive was at Coiba Island, Panama. That was on one of my South America trips, Sept 2003. Over the last few years I have been working for some crazy reason. Today, I told everyone that I want to retire. I have been dropping hints for around a year, so it wasn't too much of a shock. I would like to dive, but its not a priority. I have had incredible ski days, and dive trips. I am truly spoiled and have seen Mr Big a few times. No Orcas, that would scare the hell out of me because they are too smart. I also have to do a water launch, I will not stand up with the tank on my back. I also have a lot of trouble with my fins. I dropped mine a few times in Panama, and the boat boys free dive deep for tips. He he. I cant see down being fused up so high, and getting the fins on right can be tricky in the ocean bobbing up and down.

    Fortune cookies are not reliable....Instead of the Chinese girlfriend, I ended up with Japanese twins.

    Somebody has to laugh on that one! Comedy takes a lot of effort.

    I've been looking at willow bark that Dr T recommends. Anyone try this? You make a tea out of the bark. Tastes terrible. This has been used for pain since Hippocrates.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H__1_8ur8Q

    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

  2. #32
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    You are right there isn't any looking down with the fusion. It is a challenge to put on shoes much less being in water. Scoliosis just keeps on challenging us. I think waiting to have the surgery all of bones and muscles worked one way. Then the surgery puts out body's in a different place. I wonder if it isn't really hard on the joints and muscles. And as we get older, maybe it is even harder on our joints because of the fusion.
    I have been really pleased with this new team of doctors. Maybe because they are so young and maybe up to the challenge. It is a large group and I can hear them bounce ideas off of one another.
    And just think they were willing to do these last 2 surgerys without any narcotics during surgery. I have had such bad reactions to narcotics that they did it with local anesthetic and twilight. I was told by my surgeon it was the first time the doctors at Rush were able to do it without narcotics. I made it and so did they. And they learned that it could be done. Teaching hospitals seem to be more willing to try different things.
    I am sure they would be using narcotics if they could. It would be cheaper then this pump. But oh well.
    I guess we just keep on going.
    If you decide to retire good for you. What would you like to do?
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

  3. #33
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    That's a good question. For those with a bucket list, there are all sorts of plans. I don't have a bucket list, so that actually makes it easier.....Travel in my RV to neat spots. Walk and reflect on things....I don't know how the hiking will go since my ankles, knees, and hips feel compressed like I have someone sitting my shoulders now and my neck is now delicate. I have always winged a lot of my trips without much planning....

    RV travel is great for scoliosis patients....You have the option to lay down in your customized bed any time you want. Air travel is never an easy thing, sometimes it takes me a day or two to recover from long plane rides. I was offered a position in the Orient and turned it down because of all the flights.

    I am glad you are happy with your team. I also had a young (freshly trained, new technique) surgeon which weighed on my mind.....I chose young.

    If you have 3 surgeons like I had, young, middle aged, and elder, you have all your bases covered. (smiley face) I had around 12 doctors make individual statements in my hospital reports. Doctors I never met. It was quite a team.

    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

  4. #34
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    Do you think some of the rest of our joints bare the burden of a fixed spine? I've heard others talk of their knees and hips. I do believe the long fusions put a lot of strain on the hips.
    The RV sounds like a perfect way to travel. And we live in a country of amazing possibilities.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    Fractured t-9 six days out of surgery
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    PJK at t-9
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    Removal of left side t6-t10. 8/14
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16

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    Yes and no. This is going to be hard to prove....(Talking about hips and knees) There should be a database setup that we all report to for the rest of our lives.

    I am the absolute wrong person to ask since I was overly athletic all my life. I destroyed my joints skiing hard. I would do countless jumps each day, which would be like jumping off the roof of your house 50 times per day, 4 days per week for decades. When you think about the high amounts of forces I subjected my body to, it truly is amazing how things held up. I started skiing in 1962, and doing 30 foot jumps by the time I was 7.

    Our joints also just wear out from degeneration.....Its the age process.

    Why are old cells more vulnerable than young cells? This is the question.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2685272/

    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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