I wish this was going to be a fun countdown, like to go on vacation or something, but no such luck. We scheduled Mackenzie’s spinal fusion surgery today for June 13th, 2014. After I got off the phone I realized that the surgery is going to be on Friday the 13th… The only other day was June 6th, but that’s her brother’s birthday and the day after the last day of school, so I didn’t want to schedule it for then. The next available date was towards the mid to end of July, so June 13th it is.
That’s almost 4 months away, but I know it will go by quickly. I want to keep a record of everything about this journey. It’s important to me to write about this stuff and I hope it will help just one other person. I’ve read so many other blogs and stories about other people’s scoliosis experiences and they have all made me feel so much better about the process. So I hope our experience will help someone else. I just hope everything goes smoothly.
When I talked to the surgery scheduler today, I asked her if she knew which vertebrae would be fused. This has never really come up in past appointments and I didn’t think to ask about it during the last appointment. She told me that Mackenzie has a thoracic curve from T6 to T12 and based on what she has seen over the years of similar cases that Mackenzie would be fused from T4 or T5 through L1 or L2. I Googled this to get an idea of how many bones that is and from what I found it seems like a large part of the spine:
The nurse said that we will go to a “Scoli” class (as they call it) to watch a few DVDs and to ask any questions we have. They will also do her pre-op appointment then too. These will done about 2 weeks prior to surgery. Until then, we just wait. I will be sure to update as the time gets closer!