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  1. #16
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    Ok, big T curve and your lumbar must be in good shape....down to L1 sounds pretty good.

    Have you seen this video? I posted a few weeks back.
    Stop at :52 Look at his waist in relation to his arm pits. OMG
    My back hurts just watching this video...I have to lay down now (and I am fully fused!) Ha ha
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqoo...rengthandPower

    This pretty much proves that maintaining a strong core is essential. My core was rock hard from skiing years ago, but, you know how it goes.....I hung in there as long as I could.

    I hope you are vaccinated. If not, ask. I don't think it would be a great idea not being vaccinated with implants. Staph or any of the bugs could take over. There is limited material on COVID vaccines and implants. (Immunity dropping from COVID and having staph and or p-acne biofilm and colonies multiply).

    Sept 7th is coming up fast. Your not doing this alone are you?

    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

  2. #17
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    Hi Ed:
    I did see both of the videos you posted. Great stuff. Good finds! I hope to be able to lift again. I believe you are correct when you say how important a strong core is. I was never able to deadlift 5 x my body weight, though! I think I managed double at my peak, but I also wasn't a power lifter.
    My mother used to knit sweaters and complain that I had long arms like an ape.
    I do know how it goes This last lockdown with no gyms was brutal exercise-wise. At home just isn't the same when you are used to plenty of equipment. That's when the sacroilial pain began to kick in. When I couldn't stay strong the same way.
    Thank you very much for your concern.
    I am fully vaccinated since early July. I agree that I would not want to go in unvaccinated. I will still have to get a Covid test the day before. According to Toronto Western Hospital's website, they presently have no Covid patients, which is obviously no guarantee, but still a good sign.
    I will have my wonderful wife to help me along. She will be taking time off work for my recovery period. I am very lucky that way
    I also live in an apartment-style condominium, so I don't have any stairs to navigate.

  3. #18
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    Peter, Everything looks pretty good. I see your surgeon trained with Drs Bridwell and Lenke in St Louis which is great....

    I forgot to ask, are you working? This is concerning as picking a date out of a hat for physically returning to work is difficult at our age. We had a nurse that returned to work at around 60 days many years ago that reported pure misery....and I myself didn't return to the office for 18 months....My surgeon gave me a 1 year recovery, I figured 2 years.

    You don't speed recovery up.....You push the exercise (walking) envelope until there is pain, then go lay down. Then do it again. Push too hard, and you will really feel it. At 4 months, some friends wanted to get me out of the house so they came up in their RV and took me up to Virginia City, Nevada. You know, the Comstock. Its preserved quite well for an old mining town, and the wooden boardwalks are crooked as heck. Walking on crooked surfaces like that is extremely taxing, and I had to try to sleep for 4 days. That trip really smoked me. (It might have been due to being fused to the Pelvis).

    Kind of a shame because I was 4 months along in May 2008, when I registered here, and was sitting here at my desk and realized that I was completely out of pain. I couldn't believe it. After a lifetime of pain, I forgot what pain free was like. We do get used to pain, that's for sure. It was a very see-saw recovery with good days and bad days. When you have more good days, you know you are recovering. It took me 10 months to get up to a mile. November 2008, in the Redwoods National Park of Northern California. Walk, sleep, walk, sleep, walk sleep....with ski poles. The poles are for the mountain lions. Having 20# of meow mix cat food in a backpack would probably work also. (Ha ha)
    https://www.sfgate.com/science/artic...ck-3658073.php

    Frequent walks in recovery are important. I would do short walks about every 90 minutes. It's really hard to sit, and hard to sleep, so that leaves walking. It distributes nutrients into healing zones through the bloodstream.

    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

  4. #19
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    Comstock sounds fascinating. I have been to Nevada many times, including both Reno and Las Vegas, but I have not been to Virginia City. I am a big fan of historical sites of all types and quality. Sometimes the cheesier the better. I once went a Titanic exhibit at the Geo Centre in St. John's NL (put on because many of the survivors were brought there). It was a hilarious (to me) collection of artifacts vaguely associated with the Titanic. Most artifacts on exhibit were labelled as "similar to what might have actually been on the Titanic". The item with the closest actual relationship to the Titanic was a single tile that has been on the ship but was rejected as a second and never installed. Well worth the amusement.
    I am working and have scheduled 6 weeks off with flexibility to see how it goes after that. I will be able to WFH for a while, too.
    Your walking recommendation is well-taken. Walking isn't very much fun now, but certainly moving will be key to recovery, both physically and mentally.
    I hope I will have your same pain-free epiphany. It is easy to forget that though everyone has issues in their life, not everyone has a torso that hurts all of the time. Like I have said before, I am really hoping for improved breathing, too. I can't recall having a straight spine ever.
    Date moved to September 10 now.
    Appreciate the advice and the listening.

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