September 2, 2019

3 Years and All is NOT Well

by Beth Moser
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Hard to believe its been 3 years since that life-changing day that took nearly 50 years to come to fruition. The day I placed my entire life into the hands of one mortal surgeon and counted on him to correct what nature had eff’d up. Ten and a half long hours face down, on an OR table, filleted like a sea bass. Awakening in ICU with a face mask that was to help me breathe, but made me feel like I being suffocated by an octopus. Beeps and bells and alarms sounding off, seeming to never end. Bossy nurses helping me to roll to my side and reminding me that my bare ass was shown to the world when I removed the covers because I was burning up. Little did they know at that time, my “give a damn” was as busted as my back. Getting up and walking, in[read more]

September 2, 2018

Two years later…

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Time flies, but at the same time it feels like forever ago. Two years post-op, I feel great! I’m still so happy with my decision and continue to be amazed with my new body. As last reported, my weight loss goal was met. I made it to a total loss of 57 lbs, which put me under my goal weight of 150. According to the BMI chart for my age and height, that’s at the high end of the “normal” weight range. I spent so many years in the “overweight” range, eventually creeping into the “obese” range and to be “normal” is something to be celebrated! Like most, since then I have put about 8 lbs back on, but that’s normal since I am now gaining muscle, which weighs more than fat. I’ve begun working out because its time to tone up.  Unfortunately, the way I dieted (low carb) doesn’t[read more]

March 2, 2018

18 Months Later

by Beth Moser
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Straight life has been pretty darned good! I am thrilled with my new body and have many great things to report. First, in addition to my new spine, I have really buckled down and worked hard with healthier eating. I have stuck to my low carb diet and as of this writing, I have met my goal of 55 pounds lost! In fact, I have found it so easy to stay true to the low carb lifestyle, that I have no intentions of stopping.  I set a new goal to lose 5 more pounds and while I won’t stress over it, I think it will happen. I’ve already lost 2 of them, but with water weight, I’ve regained and re-lost those two pounds several times.  🙂 The day they wheeled me into the O.R. I was 5’2″ and weighed an obese 205 pounds. Today, a year and a half later,[read more]

September 2, 2017

One Year!!!

by Beth Moser
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Would you look at me?  Just LOOK at me! Scoliosis is diminished to nearly unnoticeable and 37 pounds lighter!!! I couldn’t possibly be happier with my personal health and appearance right now. Well, that’s not entirely true because I am still enjoying a low carb lifestyle and watching the pounds fall off slowly, but surely.  I feel like if I can lose 15-20 more, I would be perfectly satisfied. That will be all that I gained after my hysterectomy, and then some. I went back to see Mara last week for my one year post op. The good news is the bones are fusing as they should. The not-so-good news is that I apparently had a stress fracture in L4 (the one directly below the fusion point) that has healed itself, but that she didn’t notice until now. Looking back at past x-rays, it wasn’t there in November, but was[read more]

July 2, 2017

Has it really been 10 months?

by Beth Moser
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Indeed, time flies. I haven’t updated here because without doctor visits, I felt there really hasn’t been anything to share of any importance. I continue to get stronger and stronger as the healing continues.  Yes, I said “continues”. I’m not done healing yet and still have minor pain/discomfort to remind me of that. Then I realized, I actually do have some accomplishments to record and also a realization that other corrected scoliotic patients may need to now. My most recent reminder of limitation was my first time in the community pool. I have never been one to just dive in, so this time was no different in that aspect. I entered from the steps, but that has always been followed by a shove off to begin swimming into deeper water.  Well, guess what. I can’t swim anymore.  I literally do not have the strength, nor the muscle coordination, to move[read more]

March 2, 2017

6 Months Later…

by Beth Moser
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Today is the day! I’ve reached the 6-month post-op milestone! Three days ago I had my appointment with Mara.  X-rays are good, all hardware intact, range of motion SO much better and I don’t have to go back to see her until the one year point in September. The best news is that I have had no narcotic pain medicine for 5½ weeks! I cannot even explain how good that feels! The meds are necessary to prevent the extreme pain of the surgery and subsequent healing time, but as my last post explained the dependency is horrible!  I seriously don’t know how those who take it for recreational purposes do it. They apparently get something much different from it than I did, because it was never a joyful high for me. The depression, constipation and feeling of absolutely no control were horrible for me. Speaking of pain, I still take[read more]

February 5, 2017

Stronger Everyday

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The 5 monthaversary has arrived and the prognosis is good. Physical Therapy has been a God send and since my last post I have improved in leaps and bounds.  When I first saw Dr. Campbell for my initial evaluation, my range of motion for bending forward, backward and to each side were all 0%.  I was the epitome of “stiff as a board”. Now, 2 months later, bending forward is 100% (I have to go very slowly, but can actually bend all the way down and touch my toes, then get back up without assistance), each side is also 100% what a “normal” person can do, and backward…well that’s still only slightly above 10%. That’s to be expected because a strong spinal fusion, by design, isn’t supposed to flex in that direction, but its still better than it was. Perhaps the absolute best news of all is that as of[read more]

December 26, 2016

Approaching 4 months Post Op

by Beth Moser
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My personal life has been a train wreck and that’s why I haven’t updated here.  Free time and frame of mind has precluded it. But this blog isn’t for personal journaling outside of the surgery so I won’t go into detail here, but to anyone considering the surgery I will say make darn sure you have ride-or-die support afterward because you will need it. There will be so many things you will not be able to do without help, for a very long time. Unfortunately, those I thought I could count on served only to disappoint. Even at 4 months out, while I am now living alone, there are still things I simply cannot do and have to wait for a more able-bodied person to stop by so I can ask for assistance. Dumb little things like when Johnny Cash (my dog) allows his ball to roll under my bed.[read more]

October 10, 2016

6 Week Post-Op Visit with Surgeon

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Even though it’s not really 6 weeks until this Friday, today was my scheduled 6 week post-op visit with Mara (the PA). Incision looks great – healing going along as it should – all is well.  She said the way I am getting around is “amazing” comparatively and that most who come for their 6 week post-op move much slower than I do. She even seemed shocked that my hair and make-up were done, as I guess others still don’t care much about hygiene or appearance at this stage in the recovery. X-rays show I actually do still have a 33° curve, but that’s improved from what was 89° pre-op (about 63% correction), according to how Dr. Chang measured.  The other doc said less (76°), but I don’t have much faith in him. I know in the x-rays I shared it looks totally straight, but that’s because you focus on[read more]

October 2, 2016

Love my church and some before/After action

by Beth Moser
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Today I went to church for the first time since the surgery.  Pastor Deanna was prepared to let the congregation know of my testimony. I had emailed her an update earlier in the week, but never imagined she would pull it up on her phone and read most of it to everyone.  But, I am so glad she did, because afterward a woman approached me and told me how much it touched her to hear about the mighty things God can do. She was reminded of her own medical struggle from years ago and how He pulled her through it, so it resonated with her that her current struggles are so small in comparison to what He can and will do. God is good! All the time And all the time, God is good!   One month post-op, here are the side by side comparisons (keep in mind, I still[read more]