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    Willow - Day 21 - returns to school

    She attended three of her four classes. She came home instead of attending Art at the end of the day in order to finish preparing for the Geometry midterm tomorrow and to rest the injury.

    She has been lucky in her recovery except for the injury.
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    I really hope the injury is just to muscle or tissue. I think it's encouraging that it feels okay when she's sitting or resting.

    If I had a nickel for every time I thought I'd done irreperable damange to my fusion during the first few months post-op, I'd be a millionaire!!
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    Thanks for mentioning that, Chris.

    I guess it is very easy to fret after going through that.

    We'll know on Thursday morning if there is any damage.

    She only took one hit of Tylenol today as far as I know so that's good.
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    I am glad that she was able to go back to school for a few hours. I hope that Lauren will do as well or for that matter at least half as well as Willow.

    I hope that her injury is nothing serious.

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    No huggy huggy today, ok?

    Sharon

    Now that I think about it, I had a female friend come over here around the 2 month mark, and she insisted on hugging me and I was beat. I told her, no huggy huggy. It hurts. It hurts everywhere. (She is a huggy huggy type, you know) LOL

    She had a little trouble understanding this so I showed her the video with Dr Boachie in Africa. The scene where Jumas mom comes and hugs him really shows how delicate we are after surgery. She had no idea what happened with my surgery and after viewing that video, was speechless when she left my house. (That video has some very graphic scenes)

    As a patient, it takes a while to accept the change, and feel out what it is that you can get away with. The little bumps,knocks and hugs can really trigger new pains. They can come from anywhere.

    As a non patient, if you don't know exactly what has happened to us in surgery, and the most significant outstanding medical event that has ever happened to you is maybe having a tooth pulled, you might want to "brush up" and watch more discovery medical videos from now on.

    The thing is, most don't have a clue and it might be best for Willow to show a picture of her x-ray or maybe a graphic scoliosis surgical picture. Once they see that, they have an understanding of how really delicate we are after our surgeries. 14 year olds just don't know.
    Id be telling all the boys to stay 10 feet away, forever. LOL

    More than likely, Willow is fine. If she had a fall or a crash, I would be concerned. After all, we need a little time for the "glue to harden".

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    Good for Willow! I'm so glad she was able to go back. Hopefully within a few days the hug-related injury will be totally better. I go along with Ed's advice--no huggy-huggy for quite some time.
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    Momof2girls - Thanks.

    Ti Ed - I think you are correct (as always). On Monday, I enlisted by other daughter in a huge word-of-mouth, texting, and computer effort to get the word out to their friends to not hug Willow. People were asked to pass it on. When Willow returned on Tuesday people knew the drill so I guess it worked.

    Debbe - She is better today and wasn't even going to take Tylenol. I asked her to do so in case someone bumps her. She has two midterms today and will stay the whole day.

    I think she is going to be okay. Light at the end of the tunnel.
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    Okay she is back from her second day, took her midterms, and is actually chipper.

    I'm going to keep the appointment tomorrow just to make sure her injury is resolving but also in the hope that we won't have to come back for the 6-week appointment. This appointment tomorrow is very early because he had to slip us in under short notice. Willow can do the appointment and get back for her last three classes and only miss her first class. The 6-week appointment would require her missing the entire day.

    Small mercies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pooka1 View Post
    Okay she is back from her second day, took her midterms, and is actually chipper.
    That's great, Sharon. All I could think of when I read this is that if Willow is "chipper" on any given day, then she has a better disposition than most teenage girls (including those who have NOT just had surgery!) - I don't think my daughter has ever been in a mood that I would describe that way in 18 years - LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariaf View Post
    That's great, Sharon. All I could think of when I read this is that if Willow is "chipper" on any given day, then she has a better disposition than most teenage girls (including those who have NOT just had surgery!) - I don't think my daughter has ever been in a mood that I would describe that way in 18 years - LOL!
    Yes I know what you mean! Nobody has ever described me as chipper and I doubt it will ever happen. Willow is just friendly and avuncular. Her sister is more sardonic I would say. I'm just glad they are so different.

    We are back from the consult. The radiograph shows no damage from the injury or alteration to the hardware. He showed her the before and after shots and it was really amazing to see. She went from ~57* to in his words "straight." It certainly looked that way to my eye.

    I think it was a muscle pull or something. She is off Tylenol and is getting better and better so I'm off the ledge with the injury.
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    Great news, Sharon. I'm sure you're so relieved, even though things were beginning to look significantly better before the consult. Onward and upward--no doubt it will be smooth from here on in.

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    Glad to hear Willow is OK. Wow - 21 days and back in school. I'm going to have my daughter read through your posts of Willows progress. It's so encouraging.

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    I'm really happy for you - and Willow of course! What great news that she's back in school so soon after the surgery and was not seriously injured. You must be so relieved to be able to just have the "usual" worries about her recovery and not anything major.

    All the best,
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    Zach is 13 years old and very energetic.

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    Short forst week back

    Willow had a short week. She did go on Tuesday and Wednesday and took all her midterms (and did well!) but she was tired after waking up so early to see the surgeon on Thursday and wanted to go home and sleep afterward. It was a light day because it was after midterms and school is off today. She would have gone today if there was school as she is able.

    So she only attended two days this week. I just wanted to be accurate.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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    This ~3-week consult replaces the 6-week visit (YAY!) and the next one will be at 6 months.

    I think the injury threw her off his normal schedule which, going by the other kid, was:

    6-weeks
    8 months (to be told to come off physical restrictions)
    20 months (1 year after the 8 month visit)
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

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