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    Hi Hayley,

    I am new to the site. As a newbie facing surgery, I have been obessed with your post. It's awesome to hear you doing so well and thank you for being very informative throughout! All the best.

    Kel

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    Hayley,

    I just wanted to say congratulations.....hope you are adapting ok....

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayleyM View Post
    Thanks Jay! I've been trying to put in at least half an hour of pacing a day (not all at once) but i'm definitely on the mend. My parents are actually throwing a huge shindig for me on Saturday with lots of people who want to hear all about it- I strangely feel up to it.

    It sound like you've really been through the ringer these past weeks! I was following your other surgery- so sorry you have to go through all this. At least you have a comeback for anyone who complains to you about anything, ever. "Let me tell you about the time I had two massive spine surgeries in a month!"

    Hope your recovery continues to speed along. All the best.
    Great stuff to hear thats the best way to get walking again, and then trying to increase it every time But that'll be fun, hope that it doesn't wear you out to much, I went out at 3 weeks and felt fine, but the next day felt pretty tired. But you go for it all, you will rock it im sure

    But I sure have, and I feel it all as well, but in no time I'll be back to myself hopefully but yes this is something to elt people know about if they ever complain about things :P But thanks very much and i hope the same goes to you
    Diagnosed at 14 in '08 with Neuromuscular Kyposcoliosis (due to my Neurofibromatosis Type 1) in the Thoraco-lumber region (T-65* L60*).
    Halo traction for a week then I had surgery 08/05/14, fused C5-T12 correcting curves by about half! By the wonderful and amazing, Mr Bernard. And then an Anterior Iliac Strut graft in my neck/ chest on the 05/06/14

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    Hey all- first of all thanks for the well-wishes! Things are still clicking along well- the days have consisted of relaxing (binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix, drinking tea and strolling around the house & garden)

    I'm weaning myself off the pain meds- I'm a bit stiff at the end of the day, but beyond that I haven't really had any severe pains. The party yesterday went well - lasted 4 or 5 hours. It felt good to be social again, even if I needed 20-minute lie downs here and there. I was pretty weary after the fact though! Couldnt wait to sink into bed at the end of the day. Today I'm planning to take it easy & polish off what's left of my "recovery cake". Another nice thing about surgery is you kind of have to stuff your face afterwards! "I need a fifth slice. Doctor's orders."

    I guess the fact that things are going so smoothly brings out the irrational fears in me- I'm a bit paranoid that the hardware will spontaneously fail, or that I'll sleep in the wrong position and mess up the fusion process somehow. I'm also a tad worried about the incision & possible wound infections, spreading, all that jazz. So far no evidence of these issues- I'm just a worrywort! I'm meeting with my GP tomorrow to inspect the incision, so hopefully that'll put my mind at ease.

    I'm also having quite a few nightmares these days- It seems like every night I dream that I haven't been wheeled in yet & am freaking out. I guess it goes to show that the anticipation was more frightening than the surgery itself! I also dreamt that my mother died of a heart attack. Not sure if this is all due to vestigial stress.

    Anyway, all in all, at just under 2 weeks post-op, all is well. My mom measured me the other day- I gained a little under 2 inches, which is pretty crazy. I jumped from 5'5 and 3/4" to 5'7 and 1/2", all while losing about 7 pounds- I look alarmingly skinny! Hence the need for extra cake.

    @Little Ali
    Thanks so much- I'd say it went pretty well!

    @Rod_Stewart
    Doing well Ed! Every day I'm feeling better & more mobile. You guys really put my mind at ease about the whole process. It's great to see how normal & active a life you can lead after fusion!

    @indiekelly
    It's a great feeling to be able to help all you pre-ops! That really was the worst part for me, the waiting and not knowing what to expect. Even at my most sore post- op (which really wasn't terrible in my case!) I was really relieved to have it over and done with.

    @JayMoe
    Oof yeah I was a bit tired after the party! It was nice to rejoin society briefly though. I'm going to take it super easy today. Do a bit of walking, eat some cake, watch some TV. You'll probably be having a similar day- your latest surgery was pretty close to mine!

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    Worry and stress are counterproductive and harmful things......You shouldnít worry about things that are not real....donít anticipate bad things happening, anticipate positive things happening. Pretty soon things will get better, you know that.

    I have always kept scoliosis and other perplexing problems in a small icon in my lower right hand corner knowing all along that the issues are there, while concentrating on my goals. Horse blinders are on and Iím staring straight ahead with a purpose but I want to know whatís on the sidelines. Knowledge is bliss.

    If you are going to worry, worry about the cake. The sugar and the fat! Man-o-man!

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    Thanks Hayley! I've suddenly got a right craving for cake....

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    Yep, you might feel it for the next day or two after it all, but taking it easy is a good plan, and also a good excuse for taking a few lay downs or even a nap and yep, i have many days like that, as mine was on the same week as yours.
    Diagnosed at 14 in '08 with Neuromuscular Kyposcoliosis (due to my Neurofibromatosis Type 1) in the Thoraco-lumber region (T-65* L60*).
    Halo traction for a week then I had surgery 08/05/14, fused C5-T12 correcting curves by about half! By the wonderful and amazing, Mr Bernard. And then an Anterior Iliac Strut graft in my neck/ chest on the 05/06/14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Stewart View Post
    Worry and stress are counterproductive and harmful things......You shouldnít worry about things that are not real....donít anticipate bad things happening, anticipate positive things happening. Pretty soon things will get better, you know that.

    I have always kept scoliosis and other perplexing problems in a small icon in my lower right hand corner knowing all along that the issues are there, while concentrating on my goals. Horse blinders are on and Iím staring straight ahead with a purpose but I want to know whatís on the sidelines. Knowledge is bliss.

    If you are going to worry, worry about the cake. The sugar and the fat! Man-o-man!

    Ed
    You are wise, Ed! I need to learn to do that-it would be ironic to worry myself to death about my health. I feel like I have too much time alone with my thoughts these days- I'm the kind of person who likes to be doing a bunch of different things at once and now I'm just hanging out, being leisurely!

    I haven't posted in a few days because not much has happened- I feel like I have an extremely boring recovery story Not that I'm complaining, mind you, plus I know boring is probably comforting to people who haven't gone under the knife yet.
    My main goals right now are getting more comfortable in chairs (right now i need a lot of pillows for prolonged sitting) and weaning off the meds. I've been making pretty good progress on both- I'm down to half a Norco and a teaspoon of children's liquid tylenol every 6 or 7 hours. I'd feel pretty comfortable stopping the pills in the next few days. I'll wait a little longer before cutting the muscle relaxer just in case I get some withdrawal symptoms from ditching everything at once.

    My family doctor said the incision is fine, though she only checked the very top of it. She said I'd know if it was infected.

    Just thought I'd post a little update. In a nutshell, this has been a week of chilling out Hope everyone else is doing well & keeping back-conscious! I lunged at a fly the other day and had to scold myself, even though I didn't do any damage- that's the problem with feeling better, sometimes you forget to take it easy! I was joking with my dad that I should get the insurance company to fund a hot tub for continued spine health as I get older.

    P.S. Is it socially acceptable to post your X-rays on Facebook, or would that be creepy? I'm a bit proud of my hardware- makes me feel tough!

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    I agree with Ed, he is indeed wise stress is bad for anyone so if you can manage to avoid worry then that can only do you good.

    Loads of people have their x-rays on FB (myself included)! Not creepy at all. You've been through a big surgery, you should totally show them off if you want to or, you can post them here for us to admire at SSO - there's a helpful guide to posting pics at the top of the Common Room forum.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonibunny View Post
    I agree with Ed, he is indeed wise stress is bad for anyone so if you can manage to avoid worry then that can only do you good.

    Loads of people have their x-rays on FB (myself included)! Not creepy at all. You've been through a big surgery, you should totally show them off if you want to or, you can post them here for us to admire at SSO - there's a helpful guide to posting pics at the top of the Common Room forum.
    Oh I'll definitely share them with you guys! I should be seeing them on the 3rd of July, so I'll try to get copies. The only reason I ask about Facebook is I know people can get a bit weird about medical photos/animal abuse pics. I always find people's scoliosis X-rays pretty awesome though.

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    Aw-shucks.....Most of my wisdom didnít come from being a Rhodes scholar, it came from watching Hee-Haw all those years.....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMv4fle6ZVo

    Amazing how Archie Campbell would take the good and the bad and switch each scenario the way he wanted. Itís a trait that is useful, a sort of short dwell on the bad, instantly flipped to the good, always ending on a positive note. If you can do this, you will stay a happy person.

    Remember to get permission from your surgeon before falling out of the airplane!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Stewart View Post
    Aw-shucks.....Most of my wisdom didnít come from being a Rhodes scholar, it came from watching Hee-Haw all those years.....
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMv4fle6ZVo

    Amazing how Archie Campbell would take the good and the bad and switch each scenario the way he wanted. Itís a trait that is useful, a sort of short dwell on the bad, instantly flipped to the good, always ending on a positive note. If you can do this, you will stay a happy person.

    Remember to get permission from your surgeon before falling out of the airplane!

    Ed
    Haha- I've never seen Hee Haw. May have to check it out if only for this guy.

    Alas, I think I'm restricted from skydiving and bungee jumping for life- my dad is delightedÖNot that I'd have the guts to do either anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayleyM View Post
    Haha- I've never seen Hee Haw. May have to check it out if only for this guy.

    Alas, I think I'm restricted from skydiving and bungee jumping for life- my dad is delightedÖNot that I'd have the guts to do either anyway!
    Just saying... Not all surgeons impost those bans. Just sayin'



    Seriously, those things and trampolining are terrible for anyone's spine but I had those three things given to me as Do Nots by Mr Harrison then rescinded by Mr Gibson, so if you ever really, really, really need to skydive just double check if your man was being extra cautious first!

    Really pleased to see such a fabulous recovery

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    Quote Originally Posted by HayleyM View Post
    Not that I'd have the guts to do either anyway!
    You talking about something like this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ige-atxPKI

    We already jumped off that cliff you know, that was when we walked in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloomCookie View Post
    Just saying... Not all surgeons impost those bans. Just sayin'



    Seriously, those things and trampolining are terrible for anyone's spine but I had those three things given to me as Do Nots by Mr Harrison then rescinded by Mr Gibson, so if you ever really, really, really need to skydive just double check if your man was being extra cautious first!

    Really pleased to see such a fabulous recovery
    I've been wary of trampolines for awhile- I don't see myself trying one for the next few years at least! It's amazing how as a kid you can bounce around, do backflips, cartwheels without a care in the world, then somewhere along the way something changes and you start thinking "I'll break my neck!!!!"

    Thanks! And thanks for the wonderful support along the way- this site has been such a comfort.

    You talking about something like this?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ige-atxPKI

    We already jumped off that cliff you know, that was when we walked in.

    Ed
    Ooh Jeb Corliss- he was on The Colbert Report a few years back. Honestly flying around in that wingsuit looks like the most fun a person could have. I'd love to if given the opportunity! Something tells me I'd chicken out big time though. My legs would freeze up on the side of the cliff and everyone would laugh

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