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Trish has asked me (Robbie) to update this site. I will provide as much info she and Randy would like. I know they covet your prayers, encouragement, and love through this process. If you have questions please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is a post from Trish's FB page from last week.
I wanted to post this so that if you are so inclined and willing to keep me in your good thoughts and prayers I would greatly appreciate it. This is your warning its a long post btw. On 15 Feb I will be going to Honolulu (a different island) to have "open back posterior spinal fusion" to correct my scoliosis. I was diagnosed as I was going in to the Air Force and since it wasn't a very bad curve I was allowed in and told most likely it would never be a problem. Fast forward. It's a problem! My surgeon called me an "outlier" and said '"You are far outside the normative!". Ah....If he only knew! LOL
I have what is called adolescent idiopathic scoliosis which is fancy terms for "the kid's back is all curvy and we don't know why". I have progressed from less than 20 degrees to 48 degrees and the curve is now at least 52% of my thoracic spine. Without surgery it will continue to progress and I will end up bedridden. That's not gonna work for me as I got plans that involve skiing, shooting, hiking, walking, yoga, etc. This will be approximately a 6 hour surgery performed by http://kennethkaanmd.org/
) and done at http://queensmedicalcenter.org/
). I will be there 3-5 days and then fly home where recovery will be 4-6 months. Its easier when you're a kid of course but I don't do any thing the easy way. Randy Nonaka will be with me every step of the way. Initially Dr Kaan said he would be inserting screws and titanium rods from T1-T12 which is basically from the base of my neck to my waist. I'm already doing meditation and affirmations that help calm me down and to think positively about how I am going to do and the overall outcome.
I will add prayer requests below in the comments.
I will try to add some links that aren't too graphic (animations only probably). ~ Trish