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Old 23-06-2011, 01:04 PM
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Hi, my daughter is due to have surgery in late August. I am wanting information on kids recovery times to advise the school She is in year 8. We have her op scheduled for week 6 of a 10 week term and will keep her home till term 4 starts, but how quick do the kids get back to school and being able to participate in everything. She has already had to miss out on sport and things at school through a hockey injury and found 6 weeks off sport boring.
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Old 27-06-2011, 09:27 PM
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My daughter is in Yr 7 and having surgery in Oct. From what we have been told she will need 4-6 weeks off school and then return maybe only part time for a couple of weeks until she can cope with a full day. Light Dr approved activity after 3 months and then full sport again after 9 months.
I am thinking she may not be able to carry her school bag for a while as well. With a high school environment, not being able to carry a school bag is a significant issue as well as PE being a subject. I am lucky with Rach starting high school next year I will be able to request that she does PE in semester 2 as it is only a half year subject - maybe you could too if your school operates the same?
It is probably best to check the recovery details with your surgeon as they seem to differ slightly. I will do this again at her pre-op and then talk to the school.
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Old 27-06-2011, 10:35 PM
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Hi
My daughter is in year 8 this year and her surgery is on July 20th. We were told it could be as long as 3mths she might need to be off school. We have told the school it will be the full term 3 and hopefully returning by term 4 of this year. We will be playing it by ear and if all goes well we aim for half days before the end of term 3.
I supose it depends on the degree of the issues and how the individual copes with recovery. Through this forum I have heard of few young ones that have gone back to school for half days after not much more that one month! I believe it does take a full year for the spine to fully fuse and so limitations on sports needs to be respected.
Its a big reshuffle of lifestyles but it is amazing what can be achieved when necessary.
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Louise
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Old 30-06-2011, 12:13 PM
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Hi All

It has been 5 years since my daughter had her surgery. Recovery from the operation took around 4 weeks for her to regain her strength and recovery from the surgery.

After that it was a 12 month wait before she undertook any contact sport (this gives the spinal fusion time to heal completely).

My daughter had a goal she set before surgery (to go on school camp 6-8 weeks after surgery) and she achieved this.

I saw my daughter become a very confident young women after her surgery knowing that she got through everything and that she could achieve anything she set her mind to.

I wish all children and their support network all the best for upcoming surgery.

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Anne
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:03 PM
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Hi and thanks for all your replies. Ashleigh has been told similiar information by her specialist. I suppose we can only hope she's willing to get moving after the operation.I know her aunt who is a physio will encourage her to. Her school has been great but it will be hard when she returns.
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Old 30-07-2011, 11:45 PM
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HI, my daughter had surgery mid Jan and returned to school week two of term one, her aim was the first day but it didn't happen. Half days at first then full days when she felt strong. It was very inconsistent but it kept her intouch with school, friends and homework. Term two was better with regular attendance of 4 days/week and so far this term she's back to normal. Your daughter will know how much she can handle, just keep in mind it is a huge surgery and they are weak and tired for a long time. Good luck!
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Old 31-07-2011, 10:07 AM
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Great posting Caysula,
Jas (11 days post op) is doing unbelievably well and has only been home since last Thursday (3 days ago)....she is asking to leave the house already....but I suspect the pain meds are working really well .
It looks like she will be doing half days at school well before I expected, but by then the meds will have been dramatically reduced and we will have to see how she deals with it all then.... I tend to lean on the heistant and just incase side of decisions and have been wondering whether or not I am too protective....so it is nice to hear how you paced the transition back to school- it sounds very wise.
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Old 31-07-2011, 05:56 PM
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Hi Louise

Don't let her get too excited about being really ready to go back to school I am at an all time low now after one week on a lower dose morphine. I am sure it is a sneaky little drug that make one feel a little bit too good! I felt amazingly strong and did a bit too much in the first six weeks, I now realise. My plan was to return to work tomorrow for 12 hours a week but am now not going to start until a few more weeks tick over and I don't feel so isolated, crabby and achingly tired. My attention span is zero.

The level of pain is hard to measure, whether it was really masked by the stronger dose, or it was the euphoria of the drug making me feel strong both in mind and body. So I am putting up with it and am only now starting to feel like I am coming out of the fog. Going to my GP tomorrow so will see what he thinks.

It is great that Jasmine wants to leave the house already. Only if it is for walks though, with someone, or drive her for a quiet catch up with friends for a short while, who can assure you they will insist she takes a nap or lay on the couch. She will wear out, believe me. I still look for somewhere to sit and rest when out and about and it is often hard to find a seat. Although I am ten times older than her but I think play it safe and have someone constantly with her for the first month. Be a little bossy. She has been through a great deal and needs constant care, just in case.

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Old 01-08-2011, 11:03 PM
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Thanks Christine,
Jas did ask to go to the after school kids club, (the day after getting out of hospital! ) luckily as it turns out by the end of the day she changed her mind....I was quietly releived! We did however go out for lunch yesterday and my husband and I were very nervous and protective if anyone walked near her!... ....
I appreciate your posting as I have been wondering what to expect as the meds wear off. We have been on such a high with things going better than we could have wished for, but as much as I hope this continues, I know there are still hurdles and hard work ahead for Jas. I am anticipating her pain levels to rise but I had forgotten about the emotional effect it has on the individual. It makes sense that there will be withdrawal symptoms of some kind.
I have decided to not make any decisions on when to return to school until after the 6 week spinal clinic appointment...we should have a greater insight as to how the hardware installed has taken and where her pain and stamina levels are. I am not wanting to take any risks in her recovery - one term off school is a drop in the ocean in proportion to what she has gone through. I couldnt forgive myself if something went wrong due to doing too much too soon....
Thanks again
Louise
Now I only need a logical argument that a 13yr old will take notice of, to get her appreciate that reading till late and sleeping in is not a good habit to get used to!!!
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