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I just realized that I never got around to posting some of my post-op pictures, so here I go!



Post-Op w/ stitches:


Post-Op stitches out:


Post-Op X-Ray:


For those of you new on my flist (most of you!) that have no idea why I had crazy surgery, I'll tell a long story short:

My spine wasn't strong enough to hold up my skull and my brainstem was being compressed. This led to me being very ill, bedridden for about 8 months in what should have been my freshmen year of high school and then homebound for almost another 2 years. I had surgery in May 2007 where they patched up a couple tears in my skull (the base of which was apparently paper-thin from spinal fluid pressure and erosion =o), extracted my skull, fused my top 5 vertebrae, and implanted titanium rods and a cradle to keep my skull from sinking again. The surgery improved basically 90% of my symptoms so I was able to take an art class during my senior year, took my SATs and ACTs, got my GED, and applied to George Mason University, where I am currently an upcoming sophomore!



Yay! Anyone else have crazy scar pictures?

Date: 2009-07-04 05:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] behindthechalet.livejournal.com
WOW! that's pretty intense. I don't have one but my brother broke his arm recently and they had to fuse the bones together with a titanium plate.

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/5852/stugrad13.png

that was in May, he broke his arm in mid April. He still has huge bruises all up his arm as well.

do they know why your spine was like that? is it a genetic thing, or were you just lucky?

also hi new friend.
Edited Date: 2009-07-04 05:07 am (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-04 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
I won the jackpot in genetics, lol. I have a connective tissue disorder, MASS Phenotype, passed down on my mom's side although I'm the only one it ever caused any problems with, which makes it so my collagen doesn't stick together as well as it should, which led to the compression. It also makes me pretty flexible, lol.

That sucks about your brother's arm :/ Amazingly, I have yet to ever break a bone.

Date: 2009-07-04 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tvjunky451.livejournal.com
OMG!!!! I didn't know... Well I hope you feel better!!! *hugs* Well... we have more in common than I thought.

I've had a bunch of surgeries too hun! Not for the same reasons as you, but I've been in and out of hospitals all my life.

Date: 2009-07-04 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Thanks! I feel way better now :)

I'm sorry about your being in and out of the hospital! I was only in for a few days but I know its not fun :/ Can I ask why?

Date: 2009-07-04 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tvjunky451.livejournal.com
Aww, well I'm glad you're better now! :D

Oh, well it's alright. I've been doing really well lately. I haven't had to go back in a long time, just for like check ups. And it's no prob, I have Crohn's disease, since I was like seven yrs old.

Date: 2009-07-04 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Aw man, that sucks. One of my friends at school has Crohn's too, we've bonded over the ridiculous amount of pills we have to take everyday. It's great that you've been doing well lately, though :)

Date: 2009-07-04 08:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tvjunky451.livejournal.com
Yeaa, aww well that's good to hear you have a friend in the same situation. I actually don't have to take really any pills now, ever since I had surgery I've been great. And thank you! <3

Date: 2009-07-04 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mneiai.livejournal.com
Whoa! My mother has some crazy scars from lung/heart/brain surgeries, but all I've got is three little ones from my gallbladder removal. Though, they disturb me, personally, because it's the only thing I've ever had a scar for for more than a few months.

It's awesome that it helped so much. And cool it's in a position that you can hide it with your hair since you're wearing it long.

Date: 2009-07-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Wow, That's quite the menagerie of surgeries! I hope your Mom is doing alright :) haha, I wouldn't know how that feels. Because of the connective tissue disorder I'm prone to scarring.

Yep, and my surgeons did a great job stitching it up. Now that it's healed it's really not that noticable.

Date: 2009-07-04 12:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
Holy cow, that's extreme! I'm glad that the surgery helped (and you got a wicked cool scar on top of it all!).

I have some scars on my stomach, but nothing that cool. I had my gallbladder and my appendix removed in one go a couple years back, but they're very small scars.

Date: 2009-07-04 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Thanks! And yeah, I'm pretty proud of that scar xD

Hey, scars are scars! ;) It's pretty nice that they're able to keep scars so small now for surgeries like that, though. Mine is in a good place for a huge scar, it would probably suck to have one across your stomach.

Date: 2009-07-05 09:58 am (UTC)
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Dear LJ.)
From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
I do like my scars! It's pretty amazing all the stuff they can do with surgery on every level, from more minor procedures like mine to the more extensive ones like yours.

Date: 2009-07-05 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
It really is incredible.


Date: 2009-07-06 05:53 am (UTC)
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Dark Side!)
From: [personal profile] gorgeousnerd
I miss iharthdarth! *sniffle*

Date: 2009-07-04 01:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aurora
WHOA!! I'm really glad you're better now.

Date: 2009-07-04 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Thanks! Me too ;)

Date: 2009-07-04 02:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ampers-and.livejournal.com
Holy shit! Were you born that way?

I'm glad the surgery was successful :D

(edited because I can't spell)
Edited Date: 2009-07-04 02:06 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-04 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Haha, yeah, it was probably a congenital defect. My mom sometimes thinks it might have been set off after I landed on my face after falling off the top bunk of a bunk bed when I was 5, but there's no way to really know :P

Thanks!

Date: 2009-07-04 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] faithfulpuppy85.livejournal.com
Holy crap. That does not look at all fun :-S

Date: 2009-07-04 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
It wasn't a blast, but it was worth it :)

Date: 2009-07-04 05:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daffodelias.livejournal.com
Man, that's impressive! It looks really painful, though (eek, I don't know if I could live with screws in my body, that would freak me out hardcore). I have no impressive scars except for a three-inch burn on my hand because I'm shitarded and can't bake without scalding myself.

Date: 2009-07-04 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Honestly, it was more uncomfortable than it was painful. They had me on some pretty good pain killers xD

Oww, if it makes you feel better I once set a dish towel on fire while taking cookies out of the oven :P.

Date: 2009-07-04 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bamftastik.livejournal.com
HOLY CRAP!!! Glad you're doing so much better but... wowo!

The only scars I have are from laparoscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder. I tell people they're laser burns from my epic laser battle.

Date: 2009-07-04 06:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Epic laser battle sounds 100x cooler than gall bladder removal. I APPROVE

Date: 2009-07-09 05:39 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] raygunronica.livejournal.com
If I end up having my gallbladder out (and I probably will) I am totally doing this. Thank you for the idea.

Date: 2009-07-09 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bamftastik.livejournal.com
No problem... and if you're having any kind of acidy/ulcery/gassy problems I highly recommend it. I feel 1000% better.

Date: 2009-07-04 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tokyoghoststory.livejournal.com
WHOOOA i'm so glad you're doing so well now! aces to medical technology and the like!

on the other hand, while this may come across as weird, that scar is so lovely! and it has such meaning too.

Date: 2009-07-04 08:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Definite yay to medical technology. The place I went for my surgery is one of the only ones right now that knows how to do this surgery on people with connective tissue disorders, half of their surgeries are fixing ones that other places botched :/

Thanks!! It's not that weird, I'm pretty proud of it :) I've even done a couple sculptures with my titanium/surgery as the inspiration.

Date: 2009-07-04 08:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tokyoghoststory.livejournal.com
:) it's quite awesome they were able to help you. i'm glad you find inspiration in it! it's interesting, because, one of the characters in the novel i'm working on has a completely doctored up spine after a huge injury (though this is totally a future story, haha, so it does some wacky things) so seeing this gave me a bit of inspiration myself.

:D thanks for sharing!

Date: 2009-07-04 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
No problem! It's pretty cool that this might help you with your novel/inspiration :)

Date: 2009-07-06 06:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blue-hobbit.livejournal.com
Wow, that really does sound (and look!) pretty scary. I'm really glad it all worked out for you and you're feeling better now!

Date: 2009-07-06 06:04 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-09 05:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] raygunronica.livejournal.com
Whoa you are tough! I am glad you are in better shape now! I think it is really cool you are willing to talk about it and have a positive attitude. I am currently trying to avoid getting scars by trying to be healthy and not having to get my gallbladder removed. My mom had her gallbladder taken out 30 years ago and has the biggest scar across her abdomen. D: It is really awesome what they can do these days though, My dad recently had hand surgery and it literally took like 10 minutes. .

Date: 2009-07-09 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aforestgrew.livejournal.com
Thanks!

I'm sure if you do need your gallbladder removed you'll have smaller scars than your mom does, they make much smaller incisions now for surgeries like that :)
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