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#1 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 10:27 PM

Woohoo! One down and successful. A week ago today I had an ACDF. Sadly that doesn't stand for Apple Crisp and Dark (chocolate) Fudge. It's an Anterior Cervical Diskectomy and Fusion with placement of spinal stabilization devices. They 'did' C3-C7 and I have to tell you, the biggest pain/difficulty has been swallowing, especially the horse pills they prescribe us sclerodermians. I was really fortunate to have a surgeon who has a couple of other autoimmune patients (one of whom sees the same pulmonary hypertension specialist), the nursing and other staff just outstanding and the room - well, what can you say about a private room with WiFi, wonderful bathroom, gift bag of good soap, shampoo, and lotion (blue gauze with a satin ribbon!) and a spiffy back brush? I thought maybe we'd checked into a spa by accident! Even the meals were room service and on demand.

I get my first post-op check-up limitations next week and am really anxious to see how much height I gained. Didn't need much to put my BMI into the high normal range!

Hope all is well with everyone and 2012 is starting out to be a winner.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:03 AM

Hi Jeannie,

Great news that you've had your surgery successfully!!! :emoticons-yes:

As for the hotel hospital accommodation.......it's almost worth having the operation to stay in such luxurious surroundings. I should be so lucky!! ;) :lol: :lol:

Hope you recover in leaps and bounds......not literally!! ;)

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:43 AM

Hello Jeannie,

Such good news to hear that you are doing well and have 'enjoyed' the experience.

Your sense of humour seems to have done well too!!

Warm, gentle hugs and best wishes for a continued speedy recovery

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 09:46 AM

Aaaah YES!!! That's the Jeannie we all know and love :); Humor very much intact and spreading joy, despite your recent ordeal...Bless your heart!

I am so happy to hear that you are receiving the "Royal Treatment" (or at least you're happy with it ;) ) because you DESERVE it, my Friend!

Please find, (within this post) an endless supply of soft & gentle Hugs to help in any way they can. {{{{{{{{{{{{{{Hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Truly, may you have the best sort of recovery/rehab, Jeannie....
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#5 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 11:42 AM

Hello Jeannie

Now that's how to recover baby!! May your other surgeries go as well, how many more will there be?

Take care and keep posting.
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:10 PM

Jeannie,
I am so happy that all went well with your surgery and I hope that everything to come is positive.

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:17 PM

Hi Jeannie

Great to hear you are doing well with one down. Yes, do tell, how many more of these do you need? Wishing you a speedy recovery!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

Congrats on the success of your surgery! Hoping your recovery is quick and goes well.

I haven't had to worry about any surgeries yet, but if one day I do, I'll have to find out what hospital that one is! :P

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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:01 PM

Hi Jeannie,

I'm thrilled that you have surgery #1 out of the way. What a marvelous way to start the New Year!

It's great that they gave you Spa treatment. Now I think we should all give you Ma treatment, with lots of love and many warm hugs to spur your healing journey.

:emoticons-group-hug: :flowers:
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 08:11 PM

Hi Jeannie,

I'm delighted your surgery went well. All my best for you for the year 2012 and beyond. :) Take care & hugs :)

Kind Regards,

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#11 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:32 PM

Thanks for all the good wishes. I love you all too. Mwah! (A big kiss, according to daughter #1).

How many more? Possibly as many as 3: a shoulder replacement; re-routing the major vein in my right armpit to improve the circulation in that arm/hand; and the possibility of another go at the cervical spine. I goofed on my post - it was 'only' 3 levels (C4-C7). If that fusion doesn't take, the doctor will go in from the back to place metal fixation devices and at the same time do the C3-C4 diskectomy and fusion.

Sounds awful, doesn't it? Well, she says (not quite jumping up and down), fixing the neck has magically relieved a lot of the pain in the bad shoulder. It hasn't taken away the arthritis damage, but it certainly has relieved the pain and any sense of urgency about getting the joint done. Gotta tell you, any orthopedic surgery I will ever contemplate in the future is going to be you-know-where!
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Posted 13 January 2012 - 01:11 PM

Ooh-er, Jeannie; three more times? That's a pain....literally!! :( (.........Of course I realise it's any excuse to have another stay in that lovely hotel hospital again!!! ;) :lol: :lol: )

I'm really pleased that this surgery has helped your neck though and do hope the other procedures you have are equally successful.

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Posted 13 January 2012 - 02:09 PM

Hi Jeannie,

So glad that the op went so well for you (I had C3 - 6 ACDF with titanium cages put in a year ago and it stopped a lot of my pain). Do what they tell you and take it easy.

Best Wishes,

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 10:59 AM

Hi Jeannie, sending many many hugs and good thoughts your way!!!
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 12:27 PM

Wow, Jeannie that's a lot of surgeries but if it helps with the pain it's worth it! Mwah!! right back at ya!

Take care lovely lady!
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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:33 AM

Hi Jeannie!
Wow! I need to catch up! You sound in great spirits. I am glad. Now I have to go get educated on what exactly you had done (sorry it WASN'T the Apple Crisp and Dark Fudge!)


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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Jeannie, have you had your post-op check-up yet? I'm eager to hear how it went -- and whether you are any taller as a result of the surgery?

If you are taller,I'm tempted to sign up for the same surgery, just for the height adjustment alone. :emoticon-dont-know:

Seriously though, you deserve some more, very gentle, get well hugs.

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 02:07 AM

Hey, I am glad to hear it all went well. Sometimes you wish you could just plug in a whole new body, but it is amazing what they can do to upgrade the old one these days. Big hugs to you (the virtual ones are never painful, of course).
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:31 PM

Hi there! I also had cervical spine surgery for stenosis (fusion and fixation with metal rods and screws C4-C7), but the posterior way. It was on Oct. 24, 2011. What pain!! The neurosurgeon warned me that going through the posterior way would be more painful, he didn't want to do mine anterior because of my swallowing problems from the SD. I'm still weaning out of the brace and just started PT yesterday.

It certainly is a long road of recovery.

All the best to you.

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Posted 04 February 2012 - 06:58 AM

Good luck with your therapy JBG. I hope you can get back to routine activities quickly now. I didn't realize the recovery was so long. We are use to plugging along but enough is enough.

Jeannie, I am happy to hear that your surgery went well and you were treated like Royalty. It makes it easier to cope and deal with the pain when the staff are on top of things and really helpful.
May you recover quickly.

Both of you recover quickly and without excess pain. Soft hugs.
Strength and Warmth,
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