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Kaja
11th November 2004, 10:05 PM
I finally got them scanned, and though I'd share :D

The day before my op. "Faster" means that I couldn't eat :-( (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/faster.jpg)

Day 1! In the ICU, and I was on my side for the first time, and it really hurt. Ow. (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/ICU11.jpg)

Day 2, and still in the ICU. That flute-thingy was for my lungs :D (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/ICU2.jpg)

Day 3. In my room, finally getting some sleep while on my side.. Lots of pillows :P (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/rom1.jpg)

Day 5, watching TV (with no sound, it hurt my head). (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/flyte.jpg)

Day 6, walking! Yay! Look how skinny my legs are :-o (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/gstol.jpg)

Day 9, eating REAL food for the first time! It felt so good, and I went home the morning after.. :P (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/mat.jpg)

The tube thing I had in my throat. Two stitches! Oh, and I know my expression is rather insane :roll: (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/hals.jpg)

My back! The big hump was gone, and it felt really weird :P (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/rygg.jpg)

Gah, my scar :-o 21 STAPLES, and two normal stitches for the tubescar. Ew. (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v126/Cayah/Operasjon/arr.jpg)

:joke:

jfkimberly
11th November 2004, 10:09 PM
Great pictures, Kaja!

Do you have a "before" picture of your back?

Liv
11th November 2004, 10:18 PM
Thanks for sharing them, Kaja! :niceone: I think this gives a good idea what it is like after the surgery for people who still need to go through it. I didn't have a flute-thingy for my lungs but I did have an aerosol(?) with medication for my lungs twice a day! And physical therapy for my breathing. :-) I had to walk on day 4... :shock: And I had the double procedure! :nut:

Kaja
11th November 2004, 10:27 PM
I don't have a pre op pic of my back on the PC. I'll see if I can find one to scan!

I walked before day 6, but not out in the hallway :D Just around the bed and stuff :P I felt so dizzy!

The flute was to excersise my breathing. I had to use it a lot, and it really hurt my ribs and muscles to breathe like that :-(

Liv
11th November 2004, 10:29 PM
Yeah, it was so weird to walk again! :-? :-D

jfkimberly
11th November 2004, 10:30 PM
I had to use one of those little breathing exercise "toys", too... and I had brain surgery! But it was a precaution because of my compromised lung function.

I hope you find a pre-op pic, Kaja. I like to compare them to see the visible improvement. *smile*

titch
11th November 2004, 10:54 PM
Those are fantastic pictures Kaja! Thanks so much for sharing them with us :-) Looking at you sat in the corridor there made me remember just how rigidly bolt upright you end up sitting for a while after surgery :D

butterflylr
11th November 2004, 11:17 PM
Great pictures. I've never stayed in a hospital before and I think about that sometimes when I ponder surgery options. It looks really unpleasant.

You really coudn't eat real food until day 9? Aaaah! That must suck! Makes me wonder how Lindzi is doing.

Abbi
11th November 2004, 11:38 PM
awe your pictures are so great! What age were you then?
Your scar looked ok, I thought it would be bigger

Kaja
11th November 2004, 11:43 PM
I ate a few slices of cucumber, some bread, and one spoon of youghurt the days before that meal :roll: Well, I was sick a lot, which made it all worse. I would've eaten before if I wasn't!

My op was two weeks before my 14th birthday :D

My scar's actually quite small. Hm.

Blair
12th November 2004, 03:32 AM
I had to do breathing exercises and treatments after my first surgery (not scoliosis surgery... Partial splenectomy) since I wasn't breathing well. I HATED them. They made me do them several times a day.
Of course, a couple days later, they realized that the reason I wasn't breathing well and was complaining about the breathing treatments hurting was because my left side had numerous broken ribs, and my left lung was filled with 300 cc of fluid... *glares*

I was glad that nobody took any pics of me while I was in the hospital... LOL... I would seriously have had to kill them...

elvinwarrior
12th November 2004, 03:52 AM
Wow, yeah, your scar is kind of small. Your tube scar is really high up compared to mine. Great pictures, though. For my lungs they had my blow into this thing with three balls in it, and I was supposed to get all of them up. The only time I did that in the hospital was when I was really mad about something. :-D It may have been my sister not coming to visit that day... You were in the hospital for a while, I was in for 5 days, and was walking after I think 3. Yes I think murder would have been on my list if somebody had taken a picture of me then...

Joy
12th November 2004, 04:23 AM
those are good pictures Kaja. Id forgotten how straight I sat after my surgery. I still sit really straight, but not so rigid. I had a breathing thing too. I remeber how nice it felt to roll over on my side for the first time.. for about 30 seconds, then it hurt. But they only made me stay for ten minutes. But I was out of bed the day after both my surgeries and I was walking the day after for my anterior stage and day 2 for my posterior... maybe I rushed it a bit.

Abbi
12th November 2004, 12:51 PM
Your scar does look smaller than i thought! You were 14 then....what age are you now (if you dont mind me asking?)
The ICU looks scary....

Kaja
12th November 2004, 12:58 PM
I was 15 in september, so it's more than a year ago :D

My mum took so many pictures.. Gah. But I think it's a good thing, it'll help me remember it better.

Abbi
12th November 2004, 01:11 PM
aw ok, you seem older thought! from your pics...and from the way you post....your very mature! I'm not! lol.....i get too hyper easily!
You do actually look skinny on those pics....did you lose weight in hospital?

Kaja
12th November 2004, 01:16 PM
Me, mature? :roll: 8) I get hyper a lot too. And I'm very easily amused :oops:

I lost weight in the hospital, yes.. You normally do, because you don't eat much :P But I was back to normal in a month.

Kayla
12th November 2004, 05:48 PM
Good pics Kaja your a brave soul to post them I dont wanna post pics of me being in the hospital because I look so icky and your legs do look skinny in that picture but not nearly as skinny as mine have looked isnt it great though that you can look back at those pictures and say "Hey I pulled through!"

BlueIce
12th November 2004, 06:36 PM
wow, lots of tubes.. I don't think I had that much, but then again my first days were drugged up. And skinny legs :-o

andrea
12th November 2004, 07:04 PM
Those are really good pictures and tell a story all by themself. I think it's really important to take pics and remember what you went through, although I know it's pretty grim at the time. I also didn't realise you were so young when you had surgery. I don't know if there's a typical age as such, but I figured it would be older than 13.

Kaja
12th November 2004, 07:50 PM
Well, you have it when you're done growing, atleast thats the ideal thing :D They discovered my scoliosis at 13, and I was done growing. So bracing wouldn't help. I had my surgery just 2 months after I was diagnosed :-o

Abbi
12th November 2004, 08:06 PM
you stopped growing at 13!!!! wow that was young! how tall r u? I stopped growing about 16. Im 5' 8" now!

Kaja
12th November 2004, 08:19 PM
Not stopped "growing", in like height and stuff! But my spine wouldn't grow too much, and it wasn't developing alot anymore. I'm still getting taller :P (the spine normally stops growing when girls have had their period) But you still have your legs :D

Amazed Jean
12th November 2004, 08:26 PM
Great pictures. You can use them someday to write a book. I also was surprised at your age. No, you didn't sound old - I thought you were perhaps 23. Anyways whatever the age we are, I think in some ways scoliosis makes us grow up pretty quickly. Lots more mature things to deal with while all our friends are trying to decide what outfit to wear.

Abbi
12th November 2004, 09:02 PM
awww right....so thats y the doc asked me when i started my period, I wss like....hmmm ok! lol
so does that mean I developed scoli after my periods....no it wouldnt would it?

Kaja
12th November 2004, 09:07 PM
Originally posted by Abbi@Nov 12 2004, 09:02 PM
so does that mean I developed scoli after my periods....no it wouldnt would it?
No it doesn't :P

Abbi
12th November 2004, 09:32 PM
ok...sorry, im being a little stoopid tonight!!!

Becky
12th November 2004, 10:08 PM
i stopped growing at 17 and im 5'1" ! i always wanted to grow more, but i kinda use it to my advantage now, i s'pose it makes me 'cute'. If anyone like my mum or boyfriend gets angry with me i just look up to them and they let me off!

butterflylr
12th November 2004, 10:15 PM
I found out about my scoliosis at age 15. We went to see a bone specialist at that time and they told me that I was done growing. I was kind of sad cause I was really short. I still am! I'm only 5ft tall! One thing surgery will give me (if I ever get it) is a couple of inches! I would really like that!

The short jokes get a bit old after a while. Plus people carding me at rated R movies (You only have to be 17!!! And I'm 23!) and pretty much anywhere I go. I used to have boys back when I was in HS walk next to me all crouched down and say things like "Hey, I'll just be here at your level" Or, "So this is what it's like to be short?" Grrrrr....I used to really hate it.

BlueIce
12th November 2004, 10:24 PM
you'd be surprised how much difference those few inches make. I didn't grow much after surgery but everyone who saw me said I was way taller than before. I think my new posture has had something to do with that.

Kaja
12th November 2004, 10:28 PM
I didn't grow too much, but enough :D People said I was taller.
I'm around 5'6", which I know is an okay height. But we're quite tall in Scandinavia, so I'm below average/average here :P I want to be taller!

Kayla
12th November 2004, 11:26 PM
wow really? 5'6 is short there? I am 5'3 and taller then a lot of people

Becky
12th November 2004, 11:27 PM
i think 5'6" is about normal here isnt it? i wouldnt really know, any thing over 5'2" is tall to me!

Becky
12th November 2004, 11:28 PM
ill refrase that, rather than 'normal' i should say 'average'

BlueIce
12th November 2004, 11:32 PM
I'm 5ft4, that's enough for me.

Kayla
12th November 2004, 11:42 PM
I am not the tallest person in the world just for my age I am about average I guess my brother in law is 6'6!

elvinwarrior
13th November 2004, 12:39 AM
I'm almost 5'4". But not quite.

butterflylr
13th November 2004, 12:44 AM
I envy all of you for your few inches above me! :-) If only... :P

Marti
13th November 2004, 01:04 AM
Those are great pics! It would be nice to have pics, but I must agree with those who said they would have murdered whoever took them. I had really long hair when I had the surgery, and I couldn't wash it for a week. I'm very glad I don't have to know what it looked like!

Kayla
13th November 2004, 04:18 AM
Oh yeah Martha imagine having surgery on your neck and them cutting off some of your hair so your hair looks like a birds nest after surgery plus you cant wash it but they expect you to brush it! stupid doctors dont even know how to cut hair

Marti
13th November 2004, 05:34 AM
that would suck!!!! that happened to you? I think the doctors who did that really need a course at your nearest beauty school

Kayla
13th November 2004, 06:40 AM
they have done it more then once

jfkimberly
13th November 2004, 07:01 AM
The average height for women is 5'4", and the average height for men is 5'10" in the U.S.

My mom is 5'4", and I call her "short" because my older sisters are both around 5'7"... but I'm barely 5'0" myself, so my mom just glares at me and reminds me that she's average.

jfkimberly
13th November 2004, 07:03 AM
Can't they just shave whatever's actually growing where they need to operate, then pull the rest of your hair out of the way with a ponytail, or something? Why the cutting?

Forgive me, but I'm a bit sensitive about my hair, since it's so thin and fine. Nobody is allowed to cut it off unless I see their cosmetology license first.

Amazed Jean
13th November 2004, 07:10 AM
All right- You guys better chill when speaking of short people. I am now shrunken to 4'10'' according to my doctor. I have sadly shrunken over the years but I was never over 5 feet tall. The specialists say that when using arm span I would be 5 feet six inches tall. (Just a note that is the exact height of my younger sister and that my mother was until she got into her later years where she shrunk a bit.)

Anyway my point is its all relative. I am short. Very short. It pisses me off a lot. But no one else is allowed to piss me off about being short. I certainly didn't pick this height. I'm just warning you that any derogatory short remarks could be met with bitten knee caps.

jfkimberly
13th November 2004, 08:01 AM
Many of us are short, Jean. Depending on who measures me and what shoes I'm wearing, I'm anywhere between 4' 10-3/4" and 5' 0". I just like to tell people I'm five feet tall because it makes me feel better. And usually my shoes allow me to get away with it.

Amazed Jean
13th November 2004, 08:13 AM
I know that people don't mean anything by it but I get all the stupidest remarks about being short. Most of the time it doesn't bother me at all and then I just blow it off. Every once in awhile I would really like to be tall enough to reach the top shelf in my own kitchen or at the grocery store. I always end up climbing on stuff.

andrea
13th November 2004, 10:28 AM
You know, it never even occurs to me that people would make comments about others being short. Some will really find anything to criticise others about won't they? I'm not sure what the average height in the UK is - I'm thinking it's something around 5ft 6 for a woman, and 6ft for a man, but I could be way off. We're a tall family and in normal circumstances, Erin's predicted height is over 6ft! Hmm, not sure she'll get there, thankfully. I think it can be equally difficult being too tall.

Please don't shout at me if it's not!

Pikey
13th November 2004, 10:31 AM
great pics Kaya , i was 13 when I was operated on but no one took any pics .I'm envious of the corrections you guys get these days , back in my day the corrections weren't nearly as good .

titch
13th November 2004, 11:19 AM
A few years ago the official stats were still 5ft3 for a woman, but I think it's now given as around 5ft4, but no more than that. Men it was something like 5ft9.

Thinking of supermarkets, while I can still reach the top shelves, I can't reach to the back of them because of the whole bend-lean-twist manoeuvre being something that just doesn't work too well any more. Plus, with the neck problems I'm having, I'm prone to dropping things. However, it seems that in conjunction with my height, I also look approachable, with the result I get little old ladies asking me to retrieve things for them from the backs of high shelves and have to refuse on grounds of being unable to reach, and that I might drop the offending item on one or other of us even if I do reach it. Gets me some very odd looks :-?

Ryansmum
13th November 2004, 11:34 AM
LOL that always happens to me!! I am 5' 11" and I must just have one of those 'faces' as my mum says..I'm the one who gets grabbed in the supermarket(I used to work in one and trying to get to my teabreak was a nightmare)I can never take a bus ride without someone telling me their life story too :spin: Mind you I like it in some ways I'd rather be seen as approachable :D

concernedfriend
13th November 2004, 06:24 PM
Those are great pictures! THanks so much for sharing them! :)