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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

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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.

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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

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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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    Hi Folks. It has been a little while since I posted and I apologize but I haven’t really been in the mood to write
    I am pleased to say I am writing today from the other side, a week post-op.
    It has been a tough week, as I am sure many of you know.
    I have been fused from T1 to L1. Operation was 9.5 hrs long and I had 7 units of blood replaced.
    The curves were 90 degrees and 73 degrees.
    We achieved around 70% correction.
    I am tired but am moving around pretty well for the end of week 1. Was moved to rehab for around 2 weeks (depending on progress).
    All in all am feeling pretty positive now. I wanted to give a quick update to people who understand where I am right now.
    I had several extremely rough nights and days until we got the pain management under control but that seems to be managed now.
    My bones are obviously still adjusting to their new position and give some very deep aches.
    I am pleased to say the surgical team gave and continues to give me great confidence.
    I will share more as energy allows. I will also send an after picture when I have one.
    Ed, not that I doubted you before, but I can see very clearly why you asked if I had anyone to be with me. My lovely wife has been a complete and utter saint.

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    Congratulations Peter!

    That was a large T curve.....

    Hang in there, things will get better in time.

    Are you weaned to orals now?

    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

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    Hi Ed
    Thank you!
    I have been on orals since I left ICU on Sunday afternoon, except for one or two “breakthrough” IV shots.
    Getting the pain management correct was a bit of a balancing act.
    I still have some orals on PRN (as needed) every two hours and so far they have been needed.
    Some parts so far have been truly horrendous, beyond what I could explain well, but we have gotten through them.
    I am able to get out of bed, move about with a walker, mostly to help balance, sit in a chair to eat and write this, and get to and from places in the room on my own.
    I am at Bridgepoint rehab here in Toronto, which is one of the newest and finest facilities in the country. I look forward to wandering about more once they certify the negative result of my COVID test taken upon arrival.
    The incision is healing well and does not even have a dressing on it anymore. I have not seen it and do not want to until it is a scar.
    The doctor was very pleased with the results, as am I.
    I am supposed to wear a collar when sitting up beyond 30 degrees for the next 4 weeks. My neck and shoulders make it clear when I am pushing too far beyond their tolerance and should lay down for a bit.
    Stuff is settling into its new home within my trunk and still complains a lot, but we shall soldier on. No returning now.
    Ultimately, despite the massive pain, I believe this is the best path for my future health and a good, active life. No regrets.

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    Somebody needs to keep a close eye on your incisions for infection....If there is any question at all, red spots, swelling, discharge, notify your surgeon right away. Inspect every day. I had instructions for the dressings, and remember that they didn't want me using any products on the incisions. No healing creams were allowed. I would look with a mirror, and had nurses looking every single day for a few weeks. The nurses came out to my house every day until I was off meds....about 6 weeks.

    I suppose that immediate recovery (the first 6 weeks) is our own painful "lonely" existence feeling out our pain, and learning what triggers the most pain..... It's not easy. Masking the pains with opioid's makes it that much trickier if there is any variation (fast release, slow release meds, timing of meds) and these variations get triggered by our own actions,(trip on curb, take more pain meds) and also the unknown while the body struggles with healing. You can have an inflamed area create pain for a long time, nerves and soft tissues around nerves, then suddenly the pain goes away. I noticed no improvement for days, then suddenly a 20% improvement. I had stepped improvements in my first 6 weeks. It was not gradual. It was an exercise in patience balancing everything. Balancing pain, meds, exercise, diet and constipation. All of us have to go through this and try to keep our wits straight doing it.

    I say lonely because only "we" truly know what is happening with our bodies through our recovery and it's hard to relate these things to others...

    Get a notebook and write everything down. Meds, diet, exercise, bowel, pain levels. Write down the times also.

    That T curve was big. I would have selected "Mr T" as a user name....(smiley face)

    Hang in there, breathe DEEP often.

    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

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    Thanks for the motivation!
    Feeling better as things go along and progressively lengthening times between pain killers.
    But I am experiencing first hand the ups, downs, and plateaus you describe and assume it will continue this way.
    Just keep on keepin’ on.
    Mobility returning and had whet felt like the best shower in the world this morning for the first time in a week.
    Am also wearing my own clothes again. I swear this t-shirt used to be longer…
    Incision is doing extremely well. No infection and not a source of discomfort itself. It gets examined quite regularly.
    Pre-op I did focus on core strength and a relatively healthy lifestyle is paying some dividends now. I never smoked, gave up drinking years ago as a personal choice, and have exercised regularly for the bulk of my life. The surgeon facetiously complained about having too much muscle to work through.
    Last edited by Twisted Lifter; Yesterday at 02:49 PM.

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    I forgot to mention that first shower....It sure does improve things quite a bit.

    Are they doing any sort of orthopedic rehab other than walking? I skipped rehab so I don't know what it's like in a rehab facility. Do they have a Poker room? Anyone for some Percoset Poker? Hmmm...is that a Poker face, or a Percoset face? Ha ha

    I suppose the healthy lifestyle before surgery helps in recovery....I don't know if there is any way to really know? Surgical procedure and invasiveness is probably the biggest factor. The minimally invasive procedures I have had were really easy compared to large open procedures.

    Diet "after" surgery is probably more important. You need protein for healing. I ate a lot of yogurt in my recovery. Vitamin D is also important. This would be a good question to ask while you are in there.

    I was also drinking whey protein smoothies. They helped a lot and I noticed quite a bit of difference in the way I felt after I started drinking them. Re-establishing bacteria after antibiotics were finished. Probiotics....I took antibiotics for a few weeks after my surgeries, along with Percoset. It really does a number on your gut.....and you will feel it.

    I have taken Amoxicillan a few times due to Peridontal infections....and after I was done I would always re-establish things with yogurt, banana, blueberries etc. I have also done this with Pedialyte. You get done with diarrhea or vomiting, just take a sip off a bottle. It doesn't get any easier while you are running out of the house.

    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

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