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Old 04-04-2015, 10:40 AM
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We are day 4 of Amelia's spinal fusion (T5-L1) for a triple curve. Measurements going into surgery were 50 (thoracic) 42 (lumbar) and 20. We are going home today as she has done so well. Miss 12 is pretty sleepy due to Tramadol (endone made her nauseous).

Her current measurements are 10 (thoracic) and 20 (lumbar), but surgeon thinks this will improve as the bottom curve is very flexible. Rib and back hump are both gone.

Overall, an excellent result. The nursing staff and surgeon have been amazing and I'm so glad we're out the other end. The waiting and first few nights were the worst but she's now coping very well.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:02 PM
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Day 9 post-op and she is off medication except for odd intervals when she overdoes it.

She's walking 20 min x 3 daily and is staying up for several hours per day. Walking up two flights of stairs for bed. Turning, toileting and showering independently on day 2. Sitting and reaching is less uncomfortable (playing games). She has an elevated shoulder and hip is kind of lower too which surgeon says will resolve with more walking.


Looking back, she turned independently in bed from day 1. Had the catheter and all lines out on day 2 as she was walking independently to the shower. I slept in the hospital with her and once they had the meds sorted, she was pretty well independent (day 3).

Surgical site is excellent and dissolvable stitches are starting to dissolve. Surgeon said she's amazing.
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Old 20-04-2015, 02:24 PM
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Great news,
good luck with Amelia's recovery.
It is all worth it.
Jan
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Old 25-04-2015, 01:25 PM
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Sounds like she's doing exceptionally well! My recovery definitely was slower by the sounds of it, well done to her and you for being there! Hope to hear more stories like this.
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Old 03-05-2015, 12:38 AM
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Thank you for your encouraging words.

We are nearly 5 weeks post op. She initially wanted to spend a lot of time in bed on her computer, which was tough as I knew the surgeon wanted her to walk 3 x per day. But I had to balance her emotional needs with physical ones. She's now keen to return to school and says she's enjoyed the time off.

She's standing a little crooked now ... most likely due to muscles. Surgeon said this should resolve after a few months. She stands straight with prompting.

She's happy to sit in the car for several hours at a time, and even shop for 2 hours or more (today).

No meds after a week and surgical site is completely healed. She lost a bit of condition which she could ill afford (5' 5" and 36 kg). But her appetite is improving. Her blood work is all fine and paleness no doubt due to the redhead complexion.

Specialist appointment mid May and no X-rays for a year. She has a horse and is desperate to get back to riding. Surgeon thinks 6 months and I have no idea how we are going to keep her to this.

Back to school Monday part time for a week then full time 6 weeks post op.

Oh, and she keeps lifting things . Today is was a wet cat. And right now the fight is over her taking a roller bag to school instead of the regular one over the shoulders. Seriously, some days ... Sigh

We just pick our battles.

Only pain is in her shoulder (occasional) but otherwise she says she's fine. She's very stoic and proud of her pain tolerance, so now and then I have to work out if she's in pain and encourage her to set limits.

I'm proud of our little gremlin. Such a tough cookie.
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Old 03-05-2015, 05:00 PM
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My daughter flat-out refused to use a rolling school bag on her return to school full-time at six weeks post op. I was beside myself with worry but specialist said it would be ok. Said body position to pull the rolling bag was also not ideal. So we let her go. On the bus! And it was fine. We're almost two years post op (T4-L1) now and we don't give things like potentially heavy bags a second thought! I wish your daughter all the very best on her return to school.

PS My daughter also came through surgery with a high shoulder and not looking quite straight. It took about 18 months to right itself. And my daughter is a national-level swimmer, so extremely active. Even now, it's not perfect but huge improvement on pre-surgery.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:20 AM
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Thanks Shan

Good to hear our 12 yo is not the only one refusing to follow orders.

I think we had the same surgeon. Amazing man!

I'm sure when she gets back in the saddle the trainers will sort out her posture. She's so focussed on getting better, she's been practicing in the mirror. Today I had to stop her from dragging a 550 kg horse around .(major dummy spit). I caught her lugging saddles and a heavy canvas/wool horse blanket, and later ... skipping

None of this is ideal, but she's one very determined Miss. We are struggling to hold her back and I'm looking forward to surgeon appointment so he can (hopefully) talk some sense into her.

But Im glad she's keen to return to regular life. She says she feels 'pathetic' and is very annoyed by restrictions because she's not in pain or feeling unwell.

Sounds like our girls are very similar. Amelia was very fit before surgery (equestrian).

And then, today she trod on a prickle and complained for a good 15 minutes. Not one complaint did she make following surgery ... yet a 3-cornered Jack aggravated her (mind you, she was smiling in a self-deprecating way the whole time).
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:02 AM
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Thanks for putting all these story's up. It has helped my understanding of recovery immensely and think you are all doing an amazing job.

thank you.
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Old 04-07-2015, 09:15 PM
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3.5 months post surgery, and Miss 12 says she feels no pain whatsoever. She's tossing heavy rugs on her horse and raking his yard daily (yes, I've tried limiting this, but she's adamant). We see her surgeon on Monday, but I can tell her shoulders and hips are looking much much straighter. Very proud of our girl, who will hopefully be back riding her pony in 2+ months.

Then, all I have to worry about is that damn horse throwing her off :-(
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:07 AM
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Great to hear!
My daughter is now 8 months post surgery (T4 to L3) and she is doing really well too. No pain, back into netball and jogging. Now asking if she can do rowing for school during term 4 - I'm not too sure about that one!
If I had known how well she would be doing now, I would not have been nearly so worried pre surgery.
It is such a big thing for them to go through, but they are amazing these scoli kids!
All the best with Amelia's ongoing recovery.
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