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susiessusie Posts: 152
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi, my name is Susan. I have been reading your posts for some time. I have scoliosis and I'm 49. I know I should have surgery years ago but didn't feel as if I could just check out of my life long enough for surgery and recovery.
I am having an anterior fusion and then a week later a posterior fusion along with a discectomy. My surgeries aren't until Feb. 24th which is the first one. I had a little babysitting business which I had to close. My dr.
told me in Oct. my babysitting days were over as of that day and sent me to a surgeon. I filed for social security disability but realize it is very difficult to get. I have a good husband, a good surgeon, a good therapist - the mental health kind and an attorney. I have found a lot of encouragement from reading your posts. My Surgeon says he cannot totally correct my problem but even though I will always have some pain, it won't be anything like it is now. Thanks for listening, Susan


  • Welcome to spine-health.Good luck with your surgery in February......Hope you get approved for SSI too.i have been on ssi since 2003,it was hard to get,had to wait 3 years....
  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry you are headed for surgery, but you are very smart to be asking your questions now. you need to prepare for coming home and your recovery. :? check out the top of the forum under "Treatments" for a look at your procedures. have a look around and make yourself at home. good luck to you! Jenny :)
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  • You may want to check out the surgery section as there is a list of post op needs that will be very helpful to you. Good luck and keep us posted.
  • I will look up those post op suggestions.
    It's something I am trying to do well, think ahead
    and be prepared as I can. I have already been to
    the medical supply place - My Dr. wanted me to go
    ahead and get a wheelchair about a month ago, she
    thought I could do little things like work a little
    around the house if I could sit down instead of
    doing things standing up. When the medical supply
    person was putting the cushions on the chair (which
    I haven't used much, but it's nice to pull up to the
    kitchen table - dining room chairs aren't very
    comfortable right now) he showed my husband how I
    can have it adjusted after surgery to where it will
    have a very straight back - I know I am not supposed to
    sit very long after surgery - did any of you guys use
    a wheelchair after your fusion surgeries? My Dr. just
    ordered this for my convenience - will I even use it
    after surgery? I also went ahead and bought the thing
    to take into the bathroom with handles - kind of like
    a walker - only to help a person use the bathroom.
    What is really puzzling me is being able to wash my
    hair if I can't shower? What do you do about that?
  • :) one solution i have for you the first few days is to use the "dry" shampoo. it doesn't do a bad job and you can do it in bed even. =D> there is a site on the "Back and Neck surgery" forum about post operative care. it might be just what you need. keep coming with those questions. i do know a "lift" on your toilet seat will be a big help. also a "grabber" to help you pick things up on your own. just a few more ideas! Jenny :)
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  • Hi Susie:
    And welcome to the forum. We are the same age and looking at similar surgeries in 2009. It sounds like you have a great support group behind you. Keep posting and reading and like me you will find this site a comfort.
    Nana Shan :H
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