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Thread: mattress's and stairs?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2011

    mattress's and stairs?

    Thank you to everyone, who replied to my posting about mattress's....your replies were most helpful! )
    And Linda, thanks for the links for what is needed in the hospital, and post surgery!

    I was wondering, how soon post surgery, one can do stairs. Our bedrooms are on our upper level, up about 12 stairs.

    I had a horrific event, last week. I turned, realized I was loosing my balance.. then.over compensated, by turning the other direction, & miraculously kept myself up right. But in this process, I " locked" up. I went completely against my curve!
    I was helped to a chair...but when my husband tried to get me into a standing position, I couldn't move, without HORRIFIC pain. Ambulance, paramedics, laughing gas, & ER...where they got enough drugs into me, to relax my muscles. I'm so blessed to have a amazing physio therapist, who came to our home the next day, to give me a IMS treatment, and mobilize my ribs. My 10th rib wasn't moving, and my bottom rib was nearly into the crest of my pelvis/hip bone. OMG, I thought I was going to pass out, because of this pain.

    It needless to say, I phoned my surgeon, and left him a message. My surgery definitely has to be bumped up...I'm afraid to move suddenly, as my ribs are nearly resting on my hips. I'm terrified of this surgery...but all of your comments, have helped me so much. They have made me realize that there is a light at the end of this painful tunnel...I need this " HOPE"!!


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Spring, TX
    My son was able to go up the stairs the moment he was home from the hospital. He was pretty slow about it, but he could do it. My husband would walk him up there and just hold onto his hips from behind just incase for the first 2 weeks or so, but he could do it. Only physical therapy he had in the hospital was walking around his floor once 2-3x a day.
    Angie Romero, Mom to Alex, Dominic & Marissa.
    Alex was fused from T2-L2 at the age of 12 on Dec 22, 2010
    By Dr. Hanson at Texas Children's Hospital

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Easton PA
    I was also able to do the stairs as soon as I got home. I used a cane for a few weeks, for a little extra stability. My husband also walked behind me for the first week or 2.
    Lori in PA, 52 yrs. old
    Surgery 6/7/11, T3-S1, all posterior, with pelvic anchors
    Gained 2 inches!
    Dr. Boachie, HSS, NYC
    12/10/13 Hardware Removal for infection
    Lost 2", gained PJK!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    They had me doing stairs while I was in the hospital.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Lilburn, GA


    I did stairs as soon as I got home as well. For the first two weeks, I had someone "spot" me. Then I went alone, very slowly.
    50 years old!!!!!
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace 1976-77
    Original curve 36 degrees ( measured in the 70s)
    Advanced to 61 degrees 01/2011
    Surgery 07/11/2011
    Fused T1-L2 (curve now in the 20s!)

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Negotiating stairs was one of the few requirements for being discharged. Both my kids did the stairs on the fifth or sixth day in the hospital as I recall.
    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."

  7. #7
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Same here. I had to do the stairs to be able to wasnít a problem.

    The one thing you donít want to happen is fall down your stairs in your recovery. Thatís not good at all. If I had a 2 story home, I would setup a bed on the first floor. Close to a bathroom is a good thing, you donít move like Speedy Gonzales for at least a month. (smiley face)

    Try to hang in there and take it slow. Wow, we have many posters here going through ďmajorĒ pain right now.
    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves 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

    My x-rays

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Northern Virginia
    Same as the last two posts. They won't let you out until you can do stairs. I didn't have too much trouble with them once I got enough blood in me.

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Do hope your surgery can be moved up quickly!
    Discovered scoliosis when 15 years old.
    Wore Milwaulkee Brace for 1.5 years.
    Top curve 85 degrees, bottom curve 60 degrees

    Surgery completed August 23, 2011 (during an earthquake, can you believe that?)
    Dr. Charles Edwards, II
    The Spine Center at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore, MD
    Before and after xrays:

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