Wednesday, March 26, 2014

One week pre-Posterior Spinal Fusion treatment for scoliosis

Notes :-  This blog was initially meant to share my birding field trips reports. Ever since I started to use Facebook I  have not post any updates since then.  This series of posting on Scoliosis is my personal experience.  I had Posterior Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis on 17/2/2014. 
I hope my sharing will serve as an encouragement to those who have spinal deformities like me.   For those who  have Scoliosis, spinal disc herniation, spinal disc degeneration, spondylosis, kyphoysis, do not be afraid/avoid when the  spine doctor recommend  the solution is surgery. There is hope for you in today modern medical technology.  Please do not endure the pain in silence.

Since 30th Dec 2013, every night before I went to bed I do research on Scoliosis Spinal Fusion.  I found out that many who go through this operation are adolescent. True enough all of them able to sit up within 24 hours after operation.  Some shared their failed operation.  The hardware failed, more pain than before even their spine has fussed up.  It is because people like to share failure more than success stories?

This is how I look when I do Adam's forward bend test.
This is one week pre-operation. This is how I look when I do the Adam’s bend forward test.  Scoliosis has affect my quality of life with the prominent thoracic right hump it is affecting my self-image.  It has slowly affecting my lung and heart functions as well.

My parents, my company panel doctor and some close friends suggest that I try alternatives treatment eg massage, acupuncture,  tuinah, exercise ball, yoga rather than spinal operation.  I had tried some of the alternative as they have mentioned but it is not that effective. Should I take the risk for surgery as I no longer in my youth?  What would happen when my surgery fail?  Have I have enough funds for nursing homes as I am yet to meet that special someone that has  take the vow that only through death we will depart?   Should I back off not to turn up at UMSC (University Malaya Specialist Centre) on 17th Feb 2014?  If I back out this time would AIA want to approve my medical claims due to my scoliosis problem in the future?  My HR department would also reject my medical claims.  The chances of me turn to be disable is more if I don't opt for surgery.  I cannot be a burden to my families members.  There are a lot of thoughts that run through my brains.

Uncle Leong one of the elderly man in my housing estate advice me
‘no one know what is next if we do not take the first step’
I also believe that
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

With the peace that is within me , I have decided to take this chance to walk through.  In between my heavy working schedule I did post-surgery preparations eg spring cleaning, wash the curtains and settee cover of my house. clearing up perishable food stuff from my fridge, clean every corner of my house, throw away old clothes, source  info for part-time maid, plan what to pack to hospital and to my recovery site, up front pay all my dues eg phones bills, credit cards, insurance, road tax for my cars...Handover work to my colleagues.  

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