Dear Scolis,

Two things REALLY helped me through my recent surgery and I want to share:

1.) I purchased a cheap twin-sized memory foam topper (Walmart) which my daughter put on my hospital bed when I left ICU. (My surgeon thought it was brilliant.) I also took it to the rehab facility after being discharged from the hospital. A great pain reducer.

2.) After coming home, I wore overalls instead of pants. Two advantages: easy to dress myself AND there's no rubbing against the incisions.

A final thought - consider an 'end of the year' donation to FOCOS ( which helps African children get scoliosis surgeries. The surgeons donate their time, but there are still expenses.

Best Wishes!