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  1. All great advice. I will just add if the stool...

    All great advice. I will just add if the stool softener doesn't help, try Milk of Magnesia.

    Even with the stool softener, etc... my DD needed the boost from that.

    DD didn't wear PJ's in the...
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    Hmmm....I didn't ask about water slides. Looks...

    Hmmm....I didn't ask about water slides. Looks like another question to ask about. It's these little things that I wish they would give you a FULL list.

    All I knew for sure before the...
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    It really did. I remember getting everything...

    It really did. I remember getting everything ready for the surgery, etc... and it feels like it was just yesterday on the other hand, so much has happened in the year that the surgery seems ages...
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    Carolyn's 1 year post-op check-up

    Carolyn had her 1 year post-op visit the other day.

    Things are looking great for her. She still has a very slight right curve (either curve or just her shoulder being up slightly) but really...
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    Glad to hear it went well. I'm wishing a...

    Glad to hear it went well. I'm wishing a smooth & fast recovery. Remember to try to get some rest yourself.
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    We were told DD only had to wear it for 16 - 18...

    We were told DD only had to wear it for 16 - 18 hours/day and she had the doctor's full blessing to take it off during her gymnastics practice (would have been impossible to do gymnastics in a...
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    I think it's just the teenager in her talking. ...

    I think it's just the teenager in her talking. It usually comes out when she's frustrated because she so badly wants to do flips like she used to & she can't. In her case, she wasn't having...
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    Hi Everyone just popping in.

    It's been ages since I've been here. Next month will be our 1 year post-op check up.

    DD is doing great.

    She does say she would never recommend the surgery to anyone but that's because she...
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    Welcome. You have already had good answers. ...

    Welcome.

    You have already had good answers. My DD is about 7 months post-surgery. She was something like T3-L2 (you would *think* I would remember but I never can -- basically she had 2 curves...
  10. Thread: New to Forum.

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    I can't help you much with the blood donation as...

    I can't help you much with the blood donation as Carolyn did not weigh enough and basically we realized no one in our family has her exact blood type. Weird. They don't want mothers donating for...
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    I'm glad she is doing so well!!! I had to...

    I'm glad she is doing so well!!!

    I had to laugh about the birthday! My DD had her surgery the day before her birthday.

    It seems there are several of us that had the kids in the hospital over...
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    Congratulations on her doing so well. I have...

    Congratulations on her doing so well.

    I have found there really wasn't much to do after the surgery. It felt kind of odd as you had lots to do with getting ready for the surgery.

    Other than be...
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    Good Luck!!!

    Good Luck!!!
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    I'm glad to hear she is doing so much better.

    I'm glad to hear she is doing so much better.
  15. I'm glad to know I'm not crazy for thinking of...

    I'm glad to know I'm not crazy for thinking of this now!!!

    I thought maybe it was just the over paranoid mommy in me thinking of it. Sometimes I do get that way much to Carolyn's annoyance. I...
  16. Anyone consider a medical ID bracelet for rods?

    I was just thinking the other day that since Carolyn will have these rods from now on, would this be something that a medical ID bracelet would be a good idea to have?

    I don't know anyone who has...
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    3 month check-up

    Carolyn had her 3 month check-up today!

    She is doing great! The doctor removed 99% of all her restrictions. She can do whatever she wants except roller coasters this summer, gymnastics &...
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    I do know for us that if there is metal in the...

    I do know for us that if there is metal in the bra, they will ask that it be removed. Although DD can leave her top on I guess. I'm never in there, except once.

    DD has a sports bra that she...
  19. Thread: Any Advice?!

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    One piece of advice is to make sure with the pain...

    One piece of advice is to make sure with the pain medication when you are taking them by mouth, make sure you EAT.

    We had a hard time with that until we figured out the problem. DD kept getting...
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    I'm glad that he can go back to the gym and that...

    I'm glad that he can go back to the gym and that from the x-rays, etc.. everything looks good.

    I'm sad that he feels like it was a waste of time for the surgery.
  21. Thread: Post op update

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    Great to hear! I know I was as nervous as you...

    Great to hear! I know I was as nervous as you were before surgery!

    It definitely is nice to be on the other side of it. Things will continue to improve. You will be amazed how quickly it...
  22. Thread: nearly there

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    I know the waiting is rough. Hang in there.

    I know the waiting is rough. Hang in there.
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    Carolyn is doing fantastic right now. You...

    Carolyn is doing fantastic right now. You would never know she had major surgery only 2 months ago.

    I'm not 100% sure what the problem is with Carolyn's blood but it doesn't flow very easily. ...
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    You might be OK with just the one unit. I know...

    You might be OK with just the one unit.

    I know they wanted 2 units for Carolyn but then the doctor that deals with blood donations would NOT give her a prescription for donation since she did not...
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    Carolyn was out 7 weeks. She *could* have...

    Carolyn was out 7 weeks. She *could* have easily gone back on week 6 but they were having state testing on Wed/Thursday of that week and only the Juniors had to go. We took advantage of that for...
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