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Hi everyone,

Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the holiday season.

Those of you who have read my previous posts know of the b***h of a surgeon I have been dealing with. Now I have one more question.

For the last couple of years, I had been taking baby aspirin each day to ward off heart attack and/or stroke, and for the last several years, I had been taking Centrum vitamins and Ocuvite (vitamins for the eyes) to supplement my not-too-nutritious diet. Well, the wonderful(???) surgeon took me off all that before the surgery. When I saw her on November 22, I asked her when I could expect to resume them, and she said, "Oh, not for at least two years."

I was wondering if any of you have also been taken off similar meds. It seems to me that this wonderful (???) surgeon of mine is interested in the neck only. She doesn't seem to care at all about the rest of the person. (I have visions of my dying of a heart attack or stroke, or suffering from badly deficient blood, but at least I'll have a perfect neck surgery!!!) (And if I had stayed in that contraption as she had ordered, I'd be in the psych ward of a hospital, but with a perfect neck surgery!!!)

Well, that's about it for now. Thanks for your help.


Barb

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Anterior Cervical Corpectomy/Diskectomy); own bone from left iliac crest; titanium plate with 4 screws. Freed myself of Evil Miami JTO (not just J) killer contraption against surgeon's orders.

[This message has been edited by BarbS123 (edited 12-21-2002).]

Hi Maria,

It was so nice to hear from you. I will ask my doctor about B-12, but I imagine that she will tell me not to take it. I really think that in her opinion, the only thing I am allowed to do is breathe. (I guess I'm lucky that she allows that!) (By the way, I don't eat right, which is one reason I want to take those vitamins!)

Yes, I remember your mentioning the upcoming laminectomy. In fact,I had asked you why you had to have the surgeries at two different times. (I told you that my husband's cousin had cervical surgery about 8 years ago. She had the laminectomy and discectomy (I think) at the same time. I asked you why you had to have the surgeries at two separate times.)

I know what you mean about being afraid that your head will fall off. When I was freed by the second opinion doctor after wearing the whole contraption for almost 10 weeks, I was terrified to even move my neck for several days. (I shudder to think what my neck would have been like after a minimum of 21 weeks, which is what the b***h was planning for me. I probably would have been an invalid for a year after that, judging from how stiff my neck was after 10 weeks! I still can't turn my head comfortably all the way to either side, but it's getting better every day. You'll be okay, Maria. Don't worry.

Well, that's it for now. I'm so happy to hear you're doing well. Keep in touch.


Barb

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Anterior Cervical Corpectomy/Diskectomy); own bone from left iliac crest; titanium plate with 4 screws. Freed myself of Evil Miami JTO (not just J) killer contraption against surgeon's orders.

[This message has been edited by BarbS123 (edited 12-28-2002).]

Hi Maria,

Happy New Year!

Well, I saw the doctor again today. I was fully expecting her to have a fit when she saw that I had taken off the contraption, but instead, she just started doing her typical examination. When she was done, she finally mentioned the collar. She said something like, "I see you took off the collar, but you're doing fine." So I guess it's off now with her blessing!! (I took the contraption off just before Thanksgiving, so it's been off for nearly 5 weeks. When I think that if I had obeyed her orders, I would just today be removing the bottom part and facing 6 more weeks in the neck part, I SHUDDER!)

To answer your other questions, the CT scan from Nov. 19 showed solid fusion. For all I know, I might have been fused weeks before! (Surgery was Sept. 19.) And on Dec. 11, I started smoking again--but I'm limiting myself to just a few a day. Maybe I'll stop again soon.

As for the vitamins, the doc said that she had done a lot of research and found that Vitamin E and aspirin can undo fusion, especially in the lumbar spine. (I didn't bring up the fact that my surgery was in the cervical spine, not lumbar.) But today, she said something about staying off the aspirin for ONE year (not TWO) and said I could take individual vitamins as long as I stay away from E. I'm going to do some research of my own before I decide what to do.

So that's the story. I am so glad that you're doing so well. I hope your next surgery is equally as successful.

Be well.


Barb

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Anterior Cervical Corpectomy/Diskectomy); own bone from left iliac crest; titanium plate with 4 screws. Freed myself of Evil Miami JTO (not just J) killer contraption against surgeon's orders (and happy I did it!!!!)
Hi Debbie,

Thanks for the uplifting words.

Believe me, I plan to do my research about the vitamins. I have a good friend who is a biology professor, so she knows a lot about this stuff, too, and I plan to bother her every step of the way!!!

It's so good that you continue not smoking. I think I was so filled with resentment for my surgeon that I just couldn't mentally be ready for quitting (the physical part was no problem at all); that's probably the underlying reason for my return to the nasty habit. Rebellion. However, I am working on getting to the point where the decision to quit is MINE. Hopefully that will happen before I use up my cigarettes. (I still haven't bought any since before the surgery, and right now, I don't plan to. And I have two cigarettes "hiding" in my freezer--just in case!) (By the way, I'm not really worried about "unfusing". The technician who did my CT scan last week told me that in 25 years, he's only seen it happen twice--once when the patient disregarded his doctor's orders, climbed on a ladder, and fell on his neck, and the other, when the patient might not have been fused to begin with. I doubt that all the other patients were nonsmokers!)

Well, that's it for now. Gotta get some shuteye. Take good care, okay?


Barb


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Anterior Cervical Corpectomy/Diskectomy); own bone from left iliac crest; titanium plate with 4 screws. Freed myself of Evil Miami JTO (not just J) killer contraption against surgeon's orders (and happy I did it!!!!)





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