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Spent a month of my life in the hospital

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Lacrossefox

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:24 pm

It sucked. Wouldnt lie to you. Felt horrible being cooped up all the time.
so heres how it worked out
june 26th was initial surgery
went perfect was out a week later on the July 1st i believe.


July 6th or 7th i spike a 105 fever sleep all day not eating or drinking.


go to the hospital
over the course of a week and a half i have three surgeries
first two were called IND's in which they reopened my scar and washed out my back where they found huge pockets of infection.


We believe now that the cause was my body rejecting the cadaver bone they used originally as my grafts on my spine because during surgery they found the peices just floating around and sucked those out
i spent a week with my back just open and bandaged
so basically when they took the bandages off
you could see my spine
i have pics.


third surgery at the week and a half mark my doctor returned finally from a conference in Honkong and did the final IND
unfortunately because of the missing grafts he got to call my mom midsurgery and get verbal consent to take bone from my pelvis.


So he replaced the grafts and closed me up. I have interior sutures and also exterior stitches.


The scar runs from my neck to my bottom of back.


tallest patient they ever remember working on


height changes
went in 6'2"
came out 6'6"
yep

pics up soon.


sitting at home nursing an injured butt and trying to find comfy chairs
Bobby Lee

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:35 pm

Damn icon_eek.gif
Knox

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:43 pm

Damn.
Must be weird to be so much taller in such a short time.
justinwebb

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:44 pm

wow that is crazy...kinda mildly curious about the pics
knatebetz

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:46 pm

ewww, sucks though man
Kierra

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 3:59 pm

damn dude that sucks..

why the change in height?
i mean like.. what was wrong with your spine initially?
justin

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:07 pm

Modern medicine is **** amazing. It can cure some truly unreal conditions, but has the potential to wreak havoc... Glad to hear you're finally out and doing well.

Kierra wrote:
i mean like.. what was wrong with your spine initially?


Curious on this as well, as I am a person with a messed up back/neck (and have family history of such).
thesull

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:12 pm

Damn man! I was in the hospital for like 3 weeks all because of crushed bone... I was doped up though and have video somewhere of one of my friends making me some some weird ****...

Man dude hope you get better and soon man!

Careful with the pain meds... I got a bad addiction to mine after about a week, I felt like I had to have them... now my foot is just cold and slowly getting feeling back tho.. haha

Will your sutures dissolve?
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 4:26 pm

Glad to see you are doing better and finally able to go home...hopefully the infection will stay away this time and you can remain closed up...

Stay upbeat and I wish you and your family the best icon_cool.gif
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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:31 pm

I was in for roughly 3 months for a collapsed lung (or 3)
Toastr

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:38 pm

Glad you're out and doing better dood.

wouldn't mind seeing some of those pics either icon_smile.gif intrigued.. dunno why, i just am.
ChevyCaprice9C1

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:40 pm

holy crap, glad to hear your doing better
Tdawgthegreatest

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Post Mon Jul 21, 2008 5:45 pm

Toastr wrote:
wouldn't mind seeing some of those pics either icon_smile.gif intrigued.. dunno why, i just am.


same.

Hope your doing better
markwerline

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 7:40 am

Wow! I cringed reading that. I hope the recovery is smooth for you this time around and everything works out man.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:34 am

I would love to see photos if you plan on sharing them. Sounds like a pretty knarly situation, hope everything heals up okay.
kornholio788

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:39 am

Absolutly amazing how things work. And getting 4 inches taller is insane! Congrats on teh recovery and I hope all goes well for you. I would also be interested in pics. That is crazy.
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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:57 am

That is crazy man.... hopefully you heal up this time.
alkatmsu

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:39 pm

Same questions as above: why'd it make you taller? And also wanna see the pics.

Best wishes to you.
02cougarman

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:52 pm

im amazed how you gained 4 inches...

hope you get better!
Kierra

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:04 pm

02cougarman wrote:
im amazed how you gained 4 inches...

mhmm. you know whats coming.
i dont even have to say it.
jol102001

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Post Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:42 pm

Kierra wrote:
02cougarman wrote:
im amazed how you gained 4 inches...

mhmm. you know whats coming.
i dont even have to say it.


enzyte?
Lacrossefox

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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 8:29 am

Kyphosis is a bend of the spine much like scoliosis but in the opposite direction
bad thing is i had both
i had a S curve kyphosis bend down the whole spine but then on the upper part of the S
i had a S scoliosis bend
but basically my back looked like this when bent over.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyphosis

and they use rods and screws along my spine to flatten me out
jol102001

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Post Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:14 am

hmm, i had two professors like that in college.... i just thought it was hunchback and it came from bad posture.
Lacrossefox

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 8:52 pm

Ok for all that asked for pics
here we go
Before surgery how my back looked sitting down at work
User posted image

Xrays of before and after
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After surgery sitting in chair
User posted image

After First and Second Infection cleanings.
the white is sterile gauze but you can still see some meat
User posted image
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and pre initial surgery pic for laughs
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now
onto
49 stitches plus interior sutures
then interior sutures on the hip scar
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04yellowf150

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:02 pm

holy hell
Cerwin Vega Fan

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:39 pm

Damn!
alkatmsu

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:55 pm

Could you move when your back was open like that, or did you have to just lay there? That's freaky stuff...
clutch1

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Post Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:17 pm

Gah I just gagged and now my back is tingly, those pics are pretty friggen gnar!
Hope you doing ok.. I can't even imagine that happening on my body, eee. icon_eek.gif
Lacrossefox

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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 10:11 am

omg i could move fine when my back was open.
but after my first surgery
i blacked out and fell down
so they kept me in wheelchairs the rest of the time.
which sucked
cause all i did was walk around the hospital and visit with the nurses and what not.

but i can bend my spine from anymore
its been fused
TRogers

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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 12:58 pm

That's crazy man. Thanks for sharing.

Hope everything goes good from here on out.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:28 pm

So was it worth it to get the surgery to correct the issue?
I'm not belittling it, just wondering if in your opinion you'd rather go through a month of this stuff or have that messed up back forever?
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2008 1:38 pm

Jesus **** "i like turtles" christ!

Hope you get better.
Lacrossefox

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Post Tue Jul 29, 2008 10:19 am

It was worth it
Was only supposed to have spent a week in the hospital
but then the infection
but still worth it
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