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  1. #61
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    4:45 heading for the hospital

    Thanks everyone for all the kind words and well wishes. I really appreciate it.

    I am just about to go take my Hibiclens shower, then off to the hospital. I'll post when I can.
    Last edited by leahdragonfly; 02-03-2012 at 06:47 AM.
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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    Gayle--
    I remember that early morning so well before surgery. I'm sure you are in surgery now and sending lots of positive thoughts and prayers your way. Best wishes. 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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    No updates yet on Gayle's care page. I will post an update as soon as I hear anything.
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

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    If thoughts and wishes can translate into a great outcome, you'll do just fine.
    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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    Doing Well So Far!!

    Gayle's hubby was finally able to update her care page. She did not get out of surgery until 6 p.m. yesterday and he wasn't able to see her until after 9 p.m. - and he spoke to the doctor this morning. She is in the new spine unit and most importantly he said "she is doing well, much better than last time"! Music to my ears - I am so relieved!!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

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    Excellent news!

    I hope this recovery goes quickly.
    Sharon, mother of identical twin girls with scoliosis

    No island of sanity.

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    Answer: Medicine


    "We are all African."

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    That is good news! I hope her recovery is much quicker, too.

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    thanks for the update. Best Wishes Gayle!!!!
    Resilience

    treated w Milwaukee Brace FT for 3 yrs
    currently 46 with 35 LL and 40 RT curves

    8 yr old diagnosed w Scoli 8/10 with 27 LL and 27 RT
    11/10 TLSO Full Time
    4/11 22 LL and 24 RT on waiting list for VBS at Shriners Phila
    12/11 curves still in the 20s but now has some rib cage changes from the brace
    VBS 4/25/12 with Dr. Samdani. Pre Op: 29 RT and 25 LL Post Op: 17 RT and 9 LL
    10/13: 15 RT and 10 LL

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    Wishing all the best for you Gayle. So glad it's done.
    Mom of 14yo son diagnosed Oct 2011
    Surgery 1/3/12 w Dr. Geof Cronen,
    Tampa General Hospital T3 to L1
    Jacob's pre surg curves: T58 & L31 12/28/11
    photos & xrays in "First-Time Surgery" thread "Before & After"

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    Just a quick update - after a little bump (Gayle's stomach was 'asleep'), it is expected that she will go home on Wednesday. She's pretty medicated but resting comfortably.
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

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    Thanks for the update! ;-)

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    Thanks for the update, Maria.

    Good news that she is coming home soon.

    I hope this is it for surgery for Gayle.
    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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    Sharon, I forgot to mention the doctor did say that everything looked good and that he expected no further problems (let's hope he is right)!!
    mariaf305@yahoo.com
    Mom to David, age 17, braced June 2000 to March 2004
    Vertebral Body Stapling 3/10/04 for 40 degree curve (currently mid 20's)

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ScoliosisTethering/

    http://pediatricspinefoundation.org/

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    Good news!
    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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    11 days post-op

    Hi everyone,

    just a quick update here. I had my surgery on Feb 3rd--posterior revision T12-L5 I think with rod repair/replacement and refusion at L2/3 and L3/4 which had confirmed pseudoarthroses. After the posterior they flipped me and did disc removal/XLIF/anterior fusion at L2/3 and L3/4.

    I did well for the first few days in the hospital but ended up with an ileus, so I ended up staying 6 days. I had very good pain control and outstanding nursing care so that was a nice change from the first surgery, when things didn't go so well. I came home last Wednesday.

    I am doing well with pain control, taking 10 mg of oxycodone every 6 hours, and feeling almost ready to try and start weaning it down. Since my ileus resolved I have not had much problem with nausea, so I am able to eat light meals. I think that helps a lot with regaining strength.

    I have been taking 3 walks outside each day for about 5 minutes each. I will be getting a bone growth stimulator soon. My worst complaint right now is I had a severe allergic reaction to the steri-strips and tape, so I have a very red, itchy rash over my back and over the side incision. Hot showers help control the itching but I will be really glad when it's gone.

    Thanks for all the well-wishes!
    Gayle, age 50
    Oct 2010 fusion T8-sacrum w/ pelvic fixation
    Feb 2012 lumbar revision for broken rods @ L2-3-4
    Sept 2015 major lumbar A/P revision for broken rods @ L5-S1


    mom of Leah, 15 y/o, Diagnosed '08 with 26* T JIS (age 6)
    2010 VBS Dr Luhmann Shriners St Louis
    2017 curves stable/skeletely mature

    also mom of Torrey, 12 y/o son, 16* T, stable

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