Re: Hospital appointment today
Newcastle is cool as they have both a Mr Fender and a Mr Gibson there
The Occupational Therapists will make sure that Ryan can do things to take care of himself, like get in and out of the bath and tie his shoelaces. He will find bending impossible at first (and you're not supposed to bend or twist at all in the first few weeks after surgery) so they'll teach him to lift one foot onto a chair in order to tie his laces.
He'll be able to do all of these things by the time he goes home.
37 years old, diagnosed with infantile idiopathic scoliosis at 6 months old with curves of 62(T) and 40(L) degrees. Casting and Milwaukee braces until surgery at 10 - ant release/pos fusion T1-T12, halo traction. Post op cast and then TLSO. Further surgery at 18 (ant release/pos fusion extended to L3 to include lumbar curve, costoplasty) and 25 (another costoplasty). Fusion extended to L4 at 33 (XLIF with 4 pedicle screws and two short rods). Pre-op curves: 76(T) and 70(L). Post-op curves: 45(T) and 35(L). Diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome aged 34; scoliosis almost certainly due to this rather than being idiopathic.