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    Old 08-11-2002, 05:31 PM   #1
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    Hi All,

    I'm just wondering how you all felt about going on amusement rides after a successful cervical fusion. A couple of weeks ago we went to Sea World in San Antonio and they have some water slides and amusement rides there. The furthest I went was to the wave pool but it's only been 4 months since my surgery.

    I was thinking that once the bone fuses it must be pretty solid. So far, I've only been biking and swimming. I'm not quite confident enough (and with good reason) to tackle anything more vigorous than that.

    Is there anyone out there a little nuts like me that really plans on getting back to a normal life? The surgeon said I could live a normal life but to be careful when lifting anything over my head. Normal has a pretty broad definition to it.

    I'd like to know how you feel about it. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif">

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    Old 08-11-2002, 06:05 PM   #2
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    Hi Linda,

    Great to hear from you. I would avoid the amusement parks for a while. My surgeon told me to avoid any impact sports for a least a year after surgery. The older I get, the years just fly by so I'm not in any hurry.

    I'm 3 1/2 months post op and I'm being to get my life back. I have 1 week of PT left. I've been going to the YMCA and using light weights on the Nautilus. My neck muscles are slowly getting their strenght back and my numbness in my finger also comes and goes. So far I'm very pleased with the results. I will have my final Dr's appointment on Sept 30th. Can't wait. Stay in touch.

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    Old 08-11-2002, 08:40 PM   #3
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    I was talking with another cervical survivor (3 levels after a car accident) and she told me her doc had told her no roller coasters for at least a year after surgery.

     
    Old 08-12-2002, 04:10 AM   #4
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    Hi Linda,

    Great to see you here again my friend!!!

    So you have been to the water-park and in the wave pool? How did YOU feel afterwards???? I am very much like you,wanting my normal life back as quickly as I can, but the key word here is "be careful"...
    I got operated on last wednesday out on friday night and wanted to drive today monday, thought I would wait awhile tho <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">
    My Consultant(The Neuro who operated on me) said I could drive when I feel comfortable, so I will!!
    I would suggest you ask your Neyro to define what is and what isn't being careful, telling him that you want to be able to do all normal things you were doing prior to your injury and take it from there..

    Good to hear from you Linda.

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to ALL

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    p.s. We have ALL to be careful!!! Not scared <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

     
    Old 08-12-2002, 05:52 PM   #5
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    Hi Everyone,

    It's so good to chat with each and every one of you.

    Leo - Thanks for your response. I think about you often, particularly when I'm leary about getting on the scale. I'd gained over 6 lbs and it's coming off now, but I won't let myself obsess over it so I don't weigh myself often. I like nautilus too, but for now I got a pair of adjustable leg weights. It's hard to get to the gym when I'm working full time and have PT appointments 3 times a week at the end of the day. This is my 8th week of therapy. I have quite a few strengthening exercises to do on a daily basis. We even discovered that my ankles were weak which is why I was still tripping. It's amazing what a little old cervical disk can do. (I'm wondering if they'll release me from PT now. They have to evaluate me again.)

    Nanner - Thanks for that info. Roller coasters was one of the things I'd wondered about. I'd like to give myself a year before attempting to do anything like that but I was starting to wonder if I should ever attempt it all.

    And Davy - I tried to wish you well but you went into the hospital the day I checked in here. I apologize that I've gotten quite busy. My daughter starts kindergarten next week so we've been shopping for school clothes and supplies. My husband asked if he needed to remind me that he was unemployed because I went a little overboard with the school clothes. Ha ha!!!!

    I'm so happy you're out of the hospital Davy. You were in so much discomfort prior to your surgery and I can empathize immensely.

    Thank you all, dearly, <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif">

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    Old 08-12-2002, 06:01 PM   #6
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    Oh.. I forgot Davy, that I felt pretty good after the wave pool. I'd also been swimming the night before at the hotel we were staying in. I get a little more tired than I use to, but I think eventually I'll have my energy back.

    Take it slowly. It's so very hard to be patient, but it's so necessary. I get tired of going to PT but I know it's helped me a great deal.

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    Old 08-13-2002, 03:59 AM   #7
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    Hi Linda,

    Please don't appologise, I know how hectic it can be,especialy with a young one and their needs to be dealt with.Not too much overboard on the clothes tho <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/biggrin.gif">

    With the swimming and wave pool, you and you alone know your own body Linda, you are not a silly person, so I don't think you would jeopardize your recovery by overdonig it.

    On leaving hospital, my Neuro surgeon stated to me that swimming was the best form of exercise for us spiney's...

    All the very best with your continued recovery.

    <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif"> to you and yous,

    Davy

     
    Old 08-13-2002, 10:14 AM   #8
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    Hi Linda,
    I love rollar coasters but this butt of mine won't be sitting on one for awile!! I totally understand how you feel about getting a normal life again. I am only 31 years old and want so much to do everything again. I am still in PT and doing good. I''m still limited with what I can do. I go see the Doctor on the 21st of this month. I pray he takes me off restrictions. At least a few of them. I am so glad to hear you are doing so well. Are you all done with your PT?

    Love and prayers to you my friend,
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    Old 08-13-2002, 05:50 PM   #9
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    Hi Davy, Jen, and all,

    Yes Jen, I know exactly how you feel. I'm 41 and always raring to go. I've become happier and more content with age and the thought of being told I can't do something makes me feel down. I'm very happy with the results of the surgery, it's just taking it easy that makes me feel sort of sensitive about things.

    They will most likely reevaluate me in physical therapy to see if I need to continue. Monday (19th) is my last day on this referral. If I need to continue I'll need to get another referral from my doc. She basically goes by what the physical therapist says.

    I always wish all of you well. It has given me great
    strength to know so many terrific survivors from this board. I've never felt alone, I've always felt educated, and I believe the support here has greatly influenced my recovery in a positive way. Without this support board I would have been lost.

    Thank you to everyone, <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif">

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