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   Posted 9/26/2010 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!

Just a quick post to let you know how spinalproblems (maddie's) surgery went today!!

She went in an hour early just because then could do it and she was ready i guess!!

The operation took 8 hours, slightly longer than she had been told i think, but only because they had to remove things and then do the fusion, they can't tell alot just yet but there haven't been any nasty side affects or obvious problems, i went in to see her for a few hours, she was asleep most of the time but i just sat next to her, shes in a lot of pain but they are keeping it fairly stable so shes not in too much discomfort :) hopefully over the next few days she'll start to be feeling a bit better and less drained from the anaesthetic too! her nurses are really nice and always checking up, they haven't moved her yet, well hadn't when i was in there. I'm going to see her first thing tomorrow morning before i have to go out to doctors appointments then will probably go see her late evening, so i will post on here (this thread) about how she's going :) even tho shes only new to this forum she was telling me how nice everyone was immediately and she loves it here!

Anyways, hopefully in the next few days we will know how well its gone and everything and she will be in less pain :)



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   Posted 9/26/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
   Thank you for the update! We are glad you were able to visit with her. Please tell here we will be here for her and that we are thinking of her.
     I cannot tell you how much it ment to me to know that members were here for me when I had my fusion.
      So....please do tell her for us....it may put one of the first smiles on her face after surgery  wink
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   Posted 9/26/2010 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for the update, I did not realize that you guys were not in the states, I was thinking that your friend had not had her surgery yet! I am glad that she is alright! Please keep us all posted! That is allot to have to go through no matter how old your are!
I will pray for her swift and complete recovery!

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   Posted 9/26/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update Jess! I'm glad to hear that everything went well. Hopefully she has a speedy, painless recovery!


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   Posted 9/26/2010 3:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the update and we are all hoping she has the best recovery possible. It sounds like the nurses and drs have a handle on things. The first few days are always the very worst right after surgery. Its really great Buttercup that she has you for a friend, you are a gem. Please let her know we are all pulling for her.
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   Posted 9/26/2010 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update..Prayers and hugz for a very good recovery...
and I hope the doctor keep on top of the situation...
Keep us posted...
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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone, Just got back from seeing her again, she's starting to really feel the pain now, but thats expected isn't it?

hopefully she will feel better soon! they still don't know if the surgery was succesful but luckily no complications at all :)

I told her you were all thinking of her and she gave me a little smile and said tell them i say thanks!! So thanks from Maddie!

Will let you know the latest in a few days xx
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   Posted 9/27/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
   Yes, it may be quite common to experience more pain, as there is quite a bit of Trama involved with this type of surgery.
      A fusion can be a very long recovery as well, and it is important for her to follow the Dr's instructions to a "T"
    It will get better over time, and tell her not to get discouraged, as she may have some bad days and good days, for quite some time. It is also important that she stay ahead of the pain, by taking the meds like she is supposed to. I can tell you that, I never had to be reminded to take them. wink
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