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    A quick hello; just checking in.

    Hi all,

    It's been years now since I was last on the forum or read any of the posts. I went back to work full time in September 2012, and have been so busy since then, and spent a lot of my very...
  2. Fortunately I was already 8 months post-op when I...

    Fortunately I was already 8 months post-op when I went back full-time, though I had gone back part-time at home after 3 months until my former employer shut the company down in July. I've only been...
  3. Is there anything better than a rolling case for transporting heavy laptop??

    I started back to work full-time this past Monday, 9/24. I now have a heavy laptop that I need to transport from my car to the job site and back every day. It's heavy. Right now my only option is...
  4. Accepted a new job offer today; I'll return to...

    Accepted a new job offer today; I'll return to full-time status on 9/24, and will once again be driving an hour each way every day to work at a customer site about 50 miles east of here. It will be...
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    Irina, Thanks for your suggestion. I've never...

    Irina,

    Thanks for your suggestion. I've never worn boots with a zipper before, and I don't know that I would be able to find any that would fit me, but I'll take a look see to see if New Balance...
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    Jennifer, I doubt that will ever work for me...

    Jennifer,

    I doubt that will ever work for me again. It is currently impossible for me to get a foot on the opposite knee. My legs just don't want to bend that far that high up. It is actually...
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    How do you handle winter boots?

    Hi all,

    I'm close to a job offer which will have me back to work full-time, this time at a customer location about 50 miles east of where I live. I was working there right before the surgery in...
  8. Lost my job just as I was preparing to go back full-time

    After my surgery on January 23rd (T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation) I was on short-term disability until April 23rd, when I started back to work part-time. Most of my work is done in telecommute...
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    I could try that with my lower back/butt, but I...

    I could try that with my lower back/butt, but I still can't reach any of the other numb spots, which are mostly below my knee. My toes are in general the numbest places, but I notice it most when...
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    Not receiving notifications of replies

    For some reason, I seem to have stopped receiving any notifications at all about replies made to threads that I started.

    They aren't getting trapped by any spam filters as near as I can tell, but...
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    I don't recall hearing anything about antibiotics...

    I don't recall hearing anything about antibiotics before a dental procedure. I had my teeth cleaned about 3 months after surgery, and there were no antibiotics at all. I then had a crown recemented...
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    How long might the numbness last?

    Hi all; me again.

    Tomorrow will be 7 months since my surgery (T9 to sacrum with pelvic fixation). I'm still quite numb in my feet, lower back/butt, and a few other spots here and there. I'm...
  13. Has anybody tried lock laces for their sneakers?

    Hi all,

    I'm my continuing quest to figure out how to be able to wear otherwise tie shoes when there is nobody home to tie them for me, I've gotten a recommendation to try out speed laces, like...
  14. Trying to get up the courage to try using an escalator

    I'm now over 6 months post-op, and have recently been strongly encouraged by my husband to start using escalators once again. I still hobble quite a bit without a cane, so I still use it when I'm...
  15. Jane, I know things are getting very close for...

    Jane,

    I know things are getting very close for you now, and don't know if you'll see this until after your surgery.

    I just wanted to say that I did have traction during my surgery (T9 to sacrum...
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    Irina, It depends on what company you work for...

    Irina,

    It depends on what company you work for and what state you live in. I live in New York, which has a statewide Short Term Disability Plan. The form was a statewide form, but my employer...
  17. Fortunately my insurance has coverage for durable...

    Fortunately my insurance has coverage for durable medical equipment with no co-pay or deductible -- at least as far as I know, though I assume they probably negotiate with the vendors for favorable...
  18. Has anybody else been told to wear a bone growth stimulator since surgery?

    I don't remember if I've asked this question before or not; I don't think I have.

    Ever since the day after my first post-op visit (which was about 3 weeks after surgery), I've been told to wear a...
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    Pam, Old thread, but I'm just now reading it....

    Pam,

    Old thread, but I'm just now reading it.

    My employer only offers Short Term Disability; in the state of New York there is a mandatory Short Term Disability plan that all employers with a...
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    Right now, I'd settle for no twinges on the top...

    Right now, I'd settle for no twinges on the top of my right foot; they kept me awake all night last night. It's got to be the nerves attempting to reconnect. Every few seconds, I had to put my left...
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    I'm guessing the word you were trying to recall...

    I'm guessing the word you were trying to recall is myofascial, as in myofascial release; the page at http://www.myofascialrelease.com/fascia_massage/public/whatis_myofascial_release.asp appears to...
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    Suzanne, One of the first things I do when I...

    Suzanne,

    One of the first things I do when I get a new pair of tie-up shoes is remove the laces from the slots on the tongue, because I can't stand them to be laced up that way -- it drives me...
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    Ed, I do have a long shoe horn (hospital...

    Ed,

    I do have a long shoe horn (hospital supplied me with one to take home), but it wouldn't help me with that task because even if I could figure out just how tight to pre-tie my shoes (a...
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    Janet, I'm just now seeing your reply. It's nice...

    Janet, I'm just now seeing your reply. It's nice to know that I'm not the only night owl.... The mattress toppers I bought for trial purposes are going back to the store tomorrow.

    I didn't even...
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    I wish I had encouraging news for you, but I...

    I wish I had encouraging news for you, but I don't. I still can't tie my shoes yet, and I'm almost 5 months out now (surgery January 23rd). What I did in the early days was get either my husband or...
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