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  1. #181
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    I am glad you got some relief. It will be a battle to keep the improvement. I guess just like any other battle on this journey.
    And of course , on this day of special remembrance of the 9/11. A day that will always be a part of any one that was alive on that day. God bless all of the many that came together on that day and the following day.

    I made another appointment to see the shoulder surgeon next month. The brace will be difficult. I don't think there is much of a way to clean it. I will have to be covered. The soft parts can be removed but I can't be out of it. It will be tough.

    Yes, covid will be an issue. It may determine where I recover . I just hope , it can proceed.
    I am now due for the booster shot and will get it when available.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1
    Osteotomy

  2. #182
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    I spoke too soon.....The dreaded dull ache at C1 came back last night and the neck seems to be tightening up again....sigh... I made it 8 days after that 2nd adjustment....I guess I will go back in here very soon.

    I don't think you should worry too much about the cleaning of the brace, there will be ways to handle these things. I think the sleeping is going to be the hardest thing. That and pain, but your used to that. We are used to that. The whole forum is used to that!

    Been thinking about neck braces....What do you think, should I go for the brass rings? Join the tribe? (smiley face)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FME...onalGeographic

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    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

  3. #183
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    Sorry about your neck problem. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves if it will ever just be a normal time.

    I think wearing the brace is going to be difficult. It fits tight and keeps the arm away from the body at a 45degree angle.
    Sleeping will probably be in a recliner. That is what I was told after shoulder surgery.
    I just hope I can get up. With the balance issue and wearing this brace it could be a struggle.

    Oh well, let's hope no delays from covid. Fingers crossed.
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1
    Osteotomy

  4. #184
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    I just hope I can get up. With the balance issue and wearing this brace it could be a struggle.
    They have Powerlift recliners....you could buy a new one or rent one for $150/mo

    You can also look for a used one cheap... These kinds of things have no resale value. You will need someone to move it.

    You could find a local store that has one working and try it out. The controller needs to be on the left side.

    https://mccannsmedical.com/product/lift-chair-rental/

    Since you have the brace now, try everything out before surgery. I know I could log roll out of bed with my right arm and shoulder broken....Sleeping on my left side, on the left side of the bed, I would do a right foot football kick (Kick out and hold it out) to set the momentum on sitting up. This was something I figured out in my recovery. You do the kick, then push up with the left arm all in the same motion. I would then sit there until the head was clear. Same after standing up with the walker, I would just stand there for several minutes before taking the first step. You do not want to fall down. If you feel wobbly, go down on one knee first to soften the blow. If you are going to fall, fall vertically and not into any furnitire. If you are falling, cover up ceramic tile flooring with throw rugs....This is super important! Hard flooring is NO GOOD when falling.

    I guess that's a no on the brass rings....I was ready to fly to Thailand and convert. (smiley face) I would have to start a new username and go from titaniumed to brassed....

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    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

  5. #185
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    Quote Originally Posted by jackieg412 View Post
    I think wearing the brace is going to be difficult. It fits tight and keeps the arm away from the body at a 45degree angle.
    Sleeping will probably be in a recliner. That is what I was told after shoulder surgery.
    I just hope I can get up. With the balance issue and wearing this brace it could be a struggle.
    Ask your surgeon for a referral to an occupational therapist who should be able to figure out how to function safely.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
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    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

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