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March 2016 Surgical Buddies

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  • HualaniHualani Big Ilsland HawaiiPosts: 57
    Thankyou to the moderator, the forum and the site. This is a great idea. unfortunately i havent been able to logon with
    TapaTalk, and since I'll be flying to the capitol for my surgery next week, I was hoping to be mobile, not carry too much (laptop etc). If anyone knows of an iPhone app that works here please share.
    Im set for C7-T1 ACDF, and although its far from my first surgery, I couldnt be more "futless" (anxious/frightened).
    I find C6-7 experience here no lower than that. I already have cough, throat.voice troubles as Ive been going downhill for
    past months hoping to not need this procedure. last fusion was lumbar about 10 years back and I came through fine,
    Im older, not feeling the same energy or fitness, so small daily fitness regime is in  place.
    Im set for  5 a te 3rd...anyone else looking to buddy up?  Im female about 60/  Im better at offering support than staying calm myself. I am no where near ready for this.
    Life is too short to be serious all the time.
    so if you cant laugh at yourself, contact me
    I'll laugh at you. B)
  • HualaniHualani Big Ilsland HawaiiPosts: 57
    edited 02/26/2016 - 9:44 PM
    ALoha in all the word heartily means to Danny80, Savage, Liz53, BookD2, Neeciejean3! Wow I am so incredibly optimistic for you lower back lumbar corrective surgeries. medical surgical techniques have leapt forward in bounds since my first lower lumbar laminectomies. For me they were the best decisions period. I look back and cant imagine were all my conservative anxiety was coming from. We forget ow much pain we're in until we suddenly find it gone!  Welcome all of you posted on page one (I'l get to the next pages in a bit....lol).
    typing is very slow and difficult with only my left hand and Im right handed- but I do need the practice. Savage-I didnt catch what you're in line for- i didnt want to exclude anyone. or am I speaking to the Mod?
    Im looking for anyone with ACDF around the corner. I go March 2 surgery is first of the morning with same N.S. that as fixed my sciatic nerve damage at L4,5,S1 in the past. I think I dont know what Im getting myself into
    Cheers with the utmost confidence for lower level corrective surgeries in the twenty-first century
    remember Gheenghees laughter is always our best medicine..we need hearty belly laughs every day, even if they hurt.
    Life is too short to be serious all the time.
    so if you cant laugh at yourself, contact me
    I'll laugh at you. B)
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  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    Hualani-
    wishing you the best with your surgery too! At least you will be in good weather to heal! My college roommate grew up in Honolulu and I have visited the Big Island many years ago. I am hoping for a chance to feel well again and be able to see more than my kitchen. I love the outdoors and it seems the last 3 years have been spent floundering in back and leg pain. I am ready to be able to do more! I am also very anxious about my upcoming surgery and the healing afterwards. Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
    liz
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,385
    Hello Hualani.....
    You are very thoughtful!
    Yes, I'm one of the moderators.

    I wish you the very best with your upcoming! And smooth recovery!
    Sue
    Honorary Spine-Health Moderator
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • bythesea71bbythesea71 MassachusettsPosts: 12
    Hi All, I'm a March 31 surgery buddy.  I'm having a fusion at L5S1.  I'm new to using these forums but I've been lurking for awhile and found them very helpful.  I'm excited to hear about everyone's ups and downs.  Kara
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  • HualaniHualani Big Ilsland HawaiiPosts: 57
    Aloha Liz53,Savage and bythesea71.
    Thanks to all for your well wishes . Liz thanks for the laughs...Im (you might laugh) anxious over the heat and sweating over in Honolulu since I live in the most affordable part of the state which is 4000 elevation, cool mountain with fireplaces etc so It is a shock to be in 80+ for me...i sweat!  LOL...kind of need to see the lighter side of things might help us all? I tend to let things go far too long before surgery and such. I really cant use my right hand so this type is a hoot.
    I hope you (Liz53) can find your anesthesiologist and discuss your overlay until you have acceptable peace of mind.
    My biggest fear is the pain from my C5 seeing the MRI it seems the worst part of my neck...so attaching the plate there isnt thrilling me, nor are my NS's responses..to my concerns. He sounds to me as if hes on a stand in court wit te perfect non committal, non liability answers that say "nothing". I fear fear fear for the first time prior to surgery.
    I found this site on my iphone for travel..im still going to need laptop for work.
    Heres hoping the ACDF is  a breeze (my voice, arms and hands etc) and sharing with you Liz that im confident a repeat surgery will mean your doctors watch you closely and prepare ahead to be sure you're going to not have complications. I encourage you to get on the phone and ask questions.
    Life is too short to be serious all the time.
    so if you cant laugh at yourself, contact me
    I'll laugh at you. B)
  • Liz53Liz53 MissouriPosts: 150
    Thanks for the advice! I have a pre op appt on Thursday and need to start compiling my list of questions. I am scared to even think about it. Sunny here in the Midwest and windy and warm today. Sitting outside and trying to enjoy the outside.
    Hualani- hoping you to get questions answered and are on the road to recovery soon!
    By the sea71- thinking about you too. Wishing you the best.lots of good info to read here.
    liz
  • HualaniHualani Big Ilsland HawaiiPosts: 57
    Thanks all, YES ! for making list of questions. i think my Pain Management Doctor had some ideas which were really useful, that I wouldnt have thought of on my own. If you are able it might be helpful to ask PCP, other's involved in your care if they suggest anything to ask your surgeon, anesthesiologists, or others.
    Life is too short to be serious all the time.
    so if you cant laugh at yourself, contact me
    I'll laugh at you. B)
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,270
    This comes from our FAQ, which everyone should take a look at

    40 Questions to ask your surgeon before back surgery
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • HualaniHualani Big Ilsland HawaiiPosts: 57
    a different perspective on fear and anxiety to share, since I've been struggling also.
     I remember as an undergraduate college student I had to prepare for music recitals and was one of those with stage fright before I had any performance experience. I had a wise instructor suggest that fear, and anxiety are the same physical reactions as are excitement. I  was told it's my own internal perspective and reaction to feelings of increased adrenaline that matters.(I dont have bio background...but it worked for me).
    It was suggested that instead of perceiving emotions of fear, to understand the same feelings were instead excitement to finally show and complete all that we'd been studying and preparing for 6 months!
    Im trying to think of surgery the same...how great it will be to have it behind me, and feeling better and on the road to recovery. I also read the posts from greggva after his ACDF and they were encouraging, optimistic.I hope to do the same .
    For a month pre-op Ive been wearing a soft collar to engage in lower body and general fitness exercise. I know the better overall fitness Im in te easier my recovery will be. Im another decade older than my past spine surgeries..so Im hoping to compensate for that.
    All the best to March Surgeries.
    Life is too short to be serious all the time.
    so if you cant laugh at yourself, contact me
    I'll laugh at you. B)
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