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  1. #2011
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    What caused the dizziness, Melissa - medication? No more falling please!
    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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    I saw both my hip surgeon and Dr Bederman today. I am healing very well. Dr Bederman had a idea about my headache . He wants me to have a MRI done to see if I have a spinal fluid leak.

    My right knee is very bad however. It is bone on bone and hurts me to walk. I will have to decide what I will be having done next

    Melissq
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Do you remember the show "The Bionic Man"? Only his artificial prostheses only cost $1,000,000. That was a LOT of money back then. Heck, I'd like to have it now, but I know it still wouldn't go very far. At least not like 40 years ago!
    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

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    I feel like the Bionic man , only prices have gone up since then


    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Melissa--
    I just checked in here after a few weeks and was so excited to see you were back! I think of you so often and was hoping things were going better. It sounds like you've had a lot of difficult challenges to say the least. I hope things can get better for you and make 2014 better than the last. New baby is absolutely adorable. Congrats. We have #4 coming we just found out and each time just gets better. (Whoops I wasn't supposed to tell yet--so everyone keep quiet!) Welcome back!! 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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    Quote Originally Posted by Doodles View Post
    Melissa--
    I just checked in here after a few weeks and was so excited to see you were back! I think of you so often and was hoping things were going better. It sounds like you've had a lot of difficult challenges to say the least. I hope things can get better for you and make 2014 better than the last. New baby is absolutely adorable. Congrats. We have #4 coming we just found out and each time just gets better. (Whoops I wasn't supposed to tell yet--so everyone keep quiet!) Welcome back!! Janet
    Ha ha ha, Janet! That reminds me of when my hubby and I got married. We eloped and told the kids NOT to tell anyone until we had a chance to do so. The first day back at school was show-and-tell day. My youngest was in 3rd grade and was SO EXCITED to have a "daddy that loves me"... his words. So he just had to "show-and-tell" that he got a new daddy. Then he remembered he wasn't supposed to tell. So he told the class, "I'm not supposed to tell anyone, yet, so don't say anything to anyone!" When the little guy got home from school he said, "Mommy! I had show-and-tell today. I told them I got a new daddy! But, don't worry, I told them not to tell anyone." LOL Of course, I got a call from the teacher and had to go in and explain that we had eloped and just hadn't announced it to our friends, yet.

    That's one of the cutest, most innocent, and funny memories. I'll cherish it forever!
    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
    but we are alive today!

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    That's a great story!
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

    Question: What do you call alternative medicine that works?
    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    That is a great memory. It reminds me of one of the reasons I enjoyed teaching kindergarten for so many years. They are so sweet and innocent (well, most are).
    Karen

    Surgery-Jan. 5, 2011-Dr. Lenke
    Fusion T-4-sacrum-2 cages/5 osteotomies
    70 degree thoracolumbar corrected to 25
    Rib Hump-GONE!
    Age-60 at the time of surgery
    Now 66
    Avid Golfer & Tap Dancer
    Retired Kdgn. Teacher

    See photobucket link for:
    Video of my 1st Day of Golf Post-Op-3/02/12-Bradenton, FL
    Before and After Picture of back 1/7/11
    tap dancing picture at 10 mos. post op 11/11/11-I'm the one on the right.
    http://s1119.photobucket.com/albums/k630/pottoff2/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    I feel like the Bionic man , only prices have gone up since then


    Melissa
    The bionic man was the “Six Million Dollar Man”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

    Melissa, If anyone is close here, it would be you..Your totals must be pretty high by now....

    I have a friend who had a $2 million liver transplant done 5 years ago.....

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 63, the new 64...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA 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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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    The bionic man was the “Six Million Dollar Man”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

    Melissa, If anyone is close here, it would be you..Your totals must be pretty high by now....

    I have a friend who had a $2 million liver transplant done 5 years ago.....

    Ed

    I cannot imagine what my insurance company has paid out. Each of my hip surgeries last year were between $250,000 and $300,000.

    I do not remember what my spine surgeries cost
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    Quote Originally Posted by titaniumed View Post
    The bionic man was the “Six Million Dollar Man”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Million_Dollar_Man

    Melissa, If anyone is close here, it would be you..Your totals must be pretty high by now....

    I have a friend who had a $2 million liver transplant done 5 years ago.....

    Ed
    Oh, yes! How could I forget that!!?? It goes to show you how long it's been since I've watched that show. The metallic noises and everything in slow motion as he did some humanly impossible "rescue". Yep, leave it to Ed to spot that one. Ed, you should be on Jeopardy!

    Oh, and if there's ANYONE on here that has a sum total of $6,000,000 worth of surgeries and hospitalizations, it's Melissa! I concur with Ed on that one.

    Ed, I'm sure your friend's insurance coverage maxed out. I don't know what a person would do after something like that. Most insurance policies have/had (prior to "Obamacare") a 2 million dollar lifetime maximum. What is a person supposed to do after that? Just die?!
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    Be happy!
    We don't know what tomorrow brings,
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    Thanks everyone for your good wishes welcoming me back

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

  13. #2023
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    hey Melissa
    been so very long...
    you kindly welcomed me when i was only away from forum for a week or two, trip to southern CA, etc...so if 2 weeks merits a "welcome
    back," then the time you have been away merits a super duper one...
    so "super duper welcome back!"

    i hope they are closely monitoring your meds...and that the dizziness was not caused by that...
    i also hope and pray there is no leak of anything in your brain...
    except for ideas maybe...but nothing leaking that shouldn't be there...maybe they can speed up that MRI order...

    please feel better...and be careful...
    hugs and woofs...
    jess...and Sparky

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    I need some opinions. I am scheduled to fly to NJ April 6th. My brother has been suing me since 2006 and it appears that the trial will finally happen. I am not well ,however. These are my problems; a headache for the past 5-6 weeks, stomach pain same amount of time, vomiting now , at least, once a day. SHould I take care of my health and go into the hospital so I can be looked at or should I wait until I return from NJ?

    Thanks for your opinions

    Melissa
    Melissa

    Fused from C2 - sacrum 7/2011

    April 21, 2020- another broken rod surgery

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    i would strongly suggest you go into hospital...your doctor
    can send an e mail to the court and tell them why you cannot travel...
    the pain and vomiting sound like a warning....best to listen to it...
    hope you feel better

    jess...and Sparky

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