Psychological aspects of Scoliosis Surgery

Ever since my surgery I have been paranoid that my back will go back to how it was before my operation or that it will move/change in some way. I know the metalwork is strong but I can't help worrying about it.For the first few weeks that I was home after my surgery I was constantly taking pictures of my back from different angles and I would panic if I thought that it looked slightly different from the one I...Read More

Weekend Away

This weekend I went away to York for a few days.It reminded me that I still find travelling/weekend's away a bit of a pain, here's why:-Train Journeys - luckily I wasn't alone but I don't think I could travel on my own with a suitcase on a train. Trains are annoying at the best of times, I could rant all day about them to be honest. I have to reserve a seat really as I can't stand for an entire train...Read More

It’s Snow Joke…

There are heavy snow warnings across the UK at the moment, below freezing temperatures and lots of ice. We've had a bit of snow where I live although what concerns me more are the slippy pavements - especially when they're not gritted. I know a lot of people get excited by the snow, it looks so pretty blah blah blah. I personally HATE the snow and dread winter every year because the cold weather does just not agree with my...Read More

A Momentous Occasion…1 year 6 months post op

Last night I got into bed but then I realised I needed to turn the light off, so I sat up. Then I realised. I can sit up! I can actually sit straight up from lying down!! Without even thinking about it!! This may not sound like much but for me this is a big deal. I'm now 1 year 6 months post op and it's only really over the past couple of months or so that I'm starting to...Read More
Half Woman, Half Robot…

Half Woman, Half Robot…

So, what it is really like living with titanium in your spine? Can you feel the metalwork in your back after scoliosis surgery? Does it restrict you in any way? I know I asked myself these very questions prior to my scoliosis surgery. I am fused with two titanium rods and 21 screws and from T3 to L3, which is most of my spine. The screws are also pretty big, as you can see from my X-ray above! Can I...Read More