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  1. #1
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    4 Days and counting

    Wow I can not believe that I am now only 4 days from my surgery. I am getting so nervous, but so ready to be on the other side of all that I have been going through the past two years. I am so afraid that there is something that I did not get done before hand. I know my husband and kids will do fine while I am down I am just a worry wart, and it is driving me crazy. I am starting to have trouble sleeping. Any suggestions?
    Age: 40
    Diagnosed @ at of 11
    Muscle Stimulator for 1 year
    Milwaukee Brace from 1982-1987 47* (center curve)
    (was told would never get worse)
    Surgery November 11, 2009
    Fused T6-T12
    Pre Op 25* - 54* - 40*
    Post Op 24* - 33* - 21*

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    If you are like me, you will spend a lot of time in the days before surgery getting everything ready. About two days before, I experienced a strange kind of calm...as if it was out of my hands. I didn't really sleep the night before...I stayed up late on purpose b/c it seemed silly to try and sleep and then I had to get up so early. By the time I got to the hospital, I was very calm and everything sort of takes on a life of its own...doctors and nurses telling you what to do, etc.
    You'll do great and before you know it, you'll be waking up...YEAH!
    So spoil yourself the next few days...eat out, order in, watch movies with your kids. Good luck...I'll be thinking of you!
    Kathy, 43
    Diagnosed as a teen
    Boston brace 2 years
    63 degree lumbar curve
    Surgery August 26, 2009
    Anterior approach fused T12-L4
    now 28 degrees

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    This part of the home run is the hardest but I couldn't agree more than with Kathy's words. I hope you get that inexplicable calmness that allows you to just relax and allow time to drift by, knowing there's nothing more to be done but put yourself into the hands of others, who will take very good care of you.

    All the very best Loris, for a successful surgery and a smooth, comfortable and well-cared-for recovery.
    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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    Hi Loris,
    Try no to worry about a thing. I know its easier said than done. With regards to sleeping, I couldn't sleep either but because I had to stop all natural therapies previous to the op (accupuncture, vitamins etc), I used to make myself a strong cammomile tea - let it brew while I have a shower with Johnson & Johnsons Baby Bedtime Bath gel, then apply Baby Bedtime Baby Oil - get dressed - drink the tea and sleeeeeeeeeep!
    Best wishes for your upcoming surgery and the very best wished of a smooth and speedy recovery.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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    4 days out, i bet you are a little nervous! I reckon everybody would feel that way, I know I will. Try and relax the best you can

    You should try and stay up for as long as you possibly can and eventually you will just fall asleep.

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    Loris,

    You will get through these last few days,....although they are the absolute hardest. My advice is to ask for the 'happy juice' as soon as the anesthesiologist will give it to you. It calmed me down and I couldn't care less that they were wheeling me into surgery.

    I can't wait to hear how you did after everything is all over.

    Good luck,
    __________________________________________
    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

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    Ahhh...yes...the happy juice...I have to laugh. I felt like I was visited by EVERYONE in that little "room." Surgeons, assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists. It was the nurse anesthetist (sp?) who I asked and she had this litttle syringe in her breastpocket. She said "Oh this? Sure!" and that's the last thing I remember!
    Kathy, 43
    Diagnosed as a teen
    Boston brace 2 years
    63 degree lumbar curve
    Surgery August 26, 2009
    Anterior approach fused T12-L4
    now 28 degrees

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    I was in the holding bay and nobody had offered me anything and though I was by that stage, quite calm and accepting, I asked for a pre-op. Nurse brought me a tablet, I took it and I don't remember anything else until waking in Intensive Care about 9 hours later. I would recommend it to everyone.
    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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    Ho loris,

    All my best for god speed in your recovery.

    Take care, you'll be fine!!! Tell your husband to keep us posted, on your progress.

    In my prayers and all by best,
    Shari

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    Hi Loris

    I think Jen said it best. The calmness happened to me, accepting the fact that you will no longer have control, letting go, and relying on professional people to handle things. I call it the "zombie" state. It got to the point were I couldn't focus on anything at all.

    Soon it will be over. The healing stage will begin.

    I will admit that the "happy juice" Debbe suggested sounds like a great idea. (For myself) LOL

    Hang in there

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 58, the new 53...
    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

  11. #11
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    Less then 24 hours

    Thanks everyone, and you are right I am now getting to that stage of not being quite so nervous (kind of wierd). I have everything packed and ready to go to the hospital at 6:30 tomorrow morning with a 8:30 surgery time. I know I am in the best hands I can be in and I know he will take good care of me. I will post as soon as I am able to let you know how it went.
    Age: 40
    Diagnosed @ at of 11
    Muscle Stimulator for 1 year
    Milwaukee Brace from 1982-1987 47* (center curve)
    (was told would never get worse)
    Surgery November 11, 2009
    Fused T6-T12
    Pre Op 25* - 54* - 40*
    Post Op 24* - 33* - 21*

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    I'll be thinking of and praying for you and your family. It can seem a little overwhelming, but we only have today. And take it one day at a time after your surgery. Take it easy and god bless
    Les, Biker Babe, age 56 (at time of first surgery)
    Fused T2 to S2, posterior only, 8 Apr 08
    T3 fracture repair and revision, Mar 09
    Broke left lower rod and pelvic screws removal, Dec 09
    Scheduled to remove all hardware, replaced everything instead due to non-fusion, Nov 10
    Remove top 2" of rods and screws, Feb 14
    Pre surgery degrees: L40, T45
    Post surgery degrees: L8, T10

    Happy, joyous and pain-free!
    Surgeon: C Timothy Floyd, MD, Boise Orthopedic Clinic

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    Loris--
    Best of luck to you. I know you'll do fine and then you can start the job of recovering. Prayers for a good correction and complications-free recovery! 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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    Just remember that we are here to comfort and help you in ant way.
    When you fell well enough to get on here, we'll be here for you!!!

    If you have question or concerns, ask! No question is stupid, because most of us have been there. Why worry when we can give you an answer, when you need an answer.

    Here for you,
    Shari

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    Best wishes for today (aussie timezone). Heres hoping all goes well.
    Vali
    44 years young! now 45
    Surgery - June 1st, 2009
    Dr David Hall - Adelaide Spine Clinic
    St. Andrews Hospital, Adelaide, South Australia
    Pre-op curve - 58 degree lumbar
    Post -op - 5 degrees
    T11 - S1 Posterior
    L4/5 - L5/S1 Anterior Fusion

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