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  1. #1
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    I'm happy to report that I don't sink when swimming!

    I'm 9 months post op, and even though we have a pool, I have been too chicken until now to get in the water becaue it's not a heated pool and NJ weather has not been very warm this summer. The water temp got to 82 degrees today, so I went in VERY SLOWLY with the kids and YES I can swim and don't sink! I just did the regular crawl, but with no breathing. I'm afraid to twist and turn to take a breath, so I just stayed in the shallow end doing laps back and forth across. I was even able to swim on my back, which at first I afraid to try, but it was no big deal.

    I bet I'll be sore tomorrow from doing a new movement....but then what else is new.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

  2. #2
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    Well that's good news!!! Is it any harder to swim with your rods?
    I'm really happy for you!!!
    I have a pool too, it used to be really cold like 73 degrees then we got a solar heater and it works great! The temp is like 10-18 degrees warmer, it varies depending on how sunny it is but it's really nice.

  3. #3
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    Another step back to normality.

    Congrats. Debbe!
    Surgery March 3, 2009 at almost 58, now 63.
    Dr. Askin, Brisbane, Australia
    T4-Pelvis, Posterior only
    Osteotomies and Laminectomies
    Was 68 degrees, now 22 and pain free

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    Quote Originally Posted by S4Sarah View Post
    Well that's good news!!! Is it any harder to swim with your rods?
    I'm really happy for you!!!
    I have a pool too, it used to be really cold like 73 degrees then we got a solar heater and it works great! The temp is like 10-18 degrees warmer, it varies depending on how sunny it is but it's really nice.
    Sarah,

    It's not harder to swim without turning to breath; I'm just afraid to try that because it seems like it would be a twist to the spine. I'll have to experiment a little more this summer.
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    Debbe - 50 yrs old

    Milwalkee Brace 1976 - 79
    Told by Dr. my curve would never progress

    Surgery 10/15/08 in NYC by Dr. Michael Neuwirth
    Pre-Surgury Thorasic: 66 degrees
    Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 66 degrees

    Post-Surgery Thorasic: 34 degrees
    Post-Surgery Lumbar: 22 degrees

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    Try swiiming using breaststroke. You do not twist your spine and your back muscles get a good workout. I got to a senior therapy pool that is kept at 90 degrees. Along with a little swimming, I do leg lifts to the front, side, and back. Water walking in chest high water is also a great workout. My pool has a treadmill, elliptical, and exercise bike right in the water. My water workout is the only way my doctor will let me exercise!
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

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    Quote Originally Posted by rainbow2010 View Post
    Try swiiming using breaststroke. You do not twist your spine and your back muscles get a good workout. I got to a senior therapy pool that is kept at 90 degrees. Along with a little swimming, I do leg lifts to the front, side, and back. Water walking in chest high water is also a great workout. My pool has a treadmill, elliptical, and exercise bike right in the water. My water workout is the only way my doctor will let me exercise!
    Hi, Wow, that sounds wonderful. I hope your Doctor wrote a script for it so that maybe you can take it off of you income taxes. Sally
    Diagnosed with severe lumbar scoliosis at age 65.
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    Anterior Fusion L3-L4,L4-L5,L5-S1 on 12/19/2007
    Additional bone removed to decompress right side of L3-L4 & L4-L5 on 4/19/2010
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    No my doctor didn't write a script. I can't even get a discount from my health insurance because it is run through the local parks department. It only costs me $90 for 6 months and I can use my pass 6 days a week if I want. My husband and I think that the ability to exercise in water is worth the money! It is cheaper than if we had a pool of our own.
    T12- L5 fusion 1975 - Rochester, NY
    2002 removal of bottom of rod and extra fusion
    3/1/11 C5-C6 disc replacement
    Daughter - T7 - L3 fusion 2004

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