Sunday, July 17, 2011
Hello everyone! First of all let me thank all of you who have posted on my previous blogs, offered prayers, well wishes and good vibes for all that was going on. You are a wonderful group of people and I appreciate every word of encouragement!
Wonderful news... Melanie is pretty much back to NORMAL (hehehe, whatever that is!) Her pain level is continually just a one or two (on a 1-10 scale) and it just keeps getting better. She can shop, go out to eat, swim, etc... as long as it's not for too long at one time. My prayers have been answered!
For those of you who don't know what she had done, here's the scoop.... She had spinal fusion surgery to correct her scoliosis curve and to prevent it from getting worse. She was diagnosed with scoliosis at the end of the 5th grade. Wore two types of braces 24/7 and was told when she was 15 that she was finished growing, the braces had done what they could do and continuing to wear them wouldn't help. Her next check up appt. was a year later, where we found out the curve was getting worse. 3 months later, surgery was recommended. We were heart broken. After so many years in the braces which were a traumatic and emotional phase (bad enough to be a pre-teen/teen and all the emotional angst that goes along with that... she had the braces to deal with but she did it through pain, tears, aggravation and acceptance)
So she had the surgery done. I don't know her curve measurement prior to the surgery... somewhere in the 50 to 60 degree range, I just don't remember, (but will find out at next appt (update... doc said it was 60 degrees)) It was a rough first couple of weeks, (she stood up the second day and was walking with help by the third) and smoother weeks since and here we are... doing great... this is Melanie with one of our fat cats, Neo. :)
This is before xray:
and here is the after:
a tremendous difference!
We are truly blessed!!!!