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Nov 21, 2017 · Living Donor in Transplants


Nov 20, 2017 · Living Donor in Transplants

Thank you Rosemary for your sweet Thanksgiving message! We just returned this weekend from the Mayo in Rochester where our son had his final testing to be my husbands living kidney donor. He is a match, but has a few minor things to to work on to be in perfect shape himself for the surgery. As soon as he meets those requirements, transplant surgery will be scheduled. We are so excited and thankful for his great gift. There are just no words……. We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Nov 10, 2017 · Living Donor in Transplants

Thank you so much for the “cope with hope” statement! Our son is headed to the Mayo next week to complete what we hope are the final tests to determine if he will be approved as my husbands living donor. We will keep everyone up to date of how things progress as they happen. In the meantime we will also “cope with hope!”

Oct 30, 2017 · Living Donor in Transplants

Thanks for your reply! That is very encouraging news and I’m sure we’ll know more in a few weeks when my son actually has his appointments with the donor transplant team. We’re all just very anxious for this surgery to happen with the hopes of a better life for my husband! Good luck on your continued journey!

Oct 30, 2017 · Living Donor in Transplants

Thank you so much for all of this great information! My husband is in need of a kidney transplant and has already been tested and approved for the surgery. Our son is in the process of being tested to be a live donor for my husband. He has passed the blood tests and is scheduled for the final evaluations and tests the week of November 15th. My question is, is there a certain waiting time after all is approved for the surgery to happen? We’d love for surgery to be before the end of the year, but not sure if that is feasible? Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Jan 11, 2017 · Spinal Stenosis & Degenerative Discs: Long-term use of epidurals in Spine Health

Hi JJ, the doctor that did my spine fusion does do surgery at the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital in Tyler but is associated with Tyler Neurosurgical Associates in the Olympic Plaza building connected to the ETMC. His name is Dr. Paul Detwiler and he also has performed back surgery on several friends, all with great results. My husband and I are from the Beaumont area (Nederland) but had moved to Lake Sam Rayburn after retirement. We learned about the Tyler group from our friends and so traveled there for treatment and surgery. I thoroughly trust the drs in Tyler and hope you find the answers that you’re seeking from them. It’s such a hard decision to make to actually have surgery, but I’ve always thought if it will give some relief to chronic pain, it’s worth it! I have a friend in tx who is seeking treatment in Austin for a hip replacement. It has taken her a while to make that decision, but she just can’t live with the pain any longer. The dr she is going to see does a non-invasive hip replacement procedure. Maybe there is something like that to help your condition? Keep me posted on how your appt goes, and remember to keep your spirits high! Good luck and God bless! 

Jan 10, 2017 · Spinal Stenosis & Degenerative Discs: Long-term use of epidurals in Spine Health

Hello everyone! I haven’t posted since I had my spinal injection in September of 2016. I have been doing well, the injection did the trick for me! However, right after Christmas, I again started to feel the pain from the fractures in my left sacral and left pubic bone. I had hoped that they had healed completely while I was getting relief from the injection. I returned to my pain dr and he administered another injection just yesterday. I’m already feeling some relief from the constant pain. Hopefully this injection will get me through the completion of the healing of the fractures. JJ, I had my spinal fusion done in Tyler, Tx and also worked with pain drs associated with my neurosurgeons office there! It is such a small world! My fusion was a complete success and I really didn’t have too much down time. But, I’m like you, I’m a mover and there’s not too much that keeps me down. I too used the scooters at stores right after the surgery but am back to pushing a grocery cart! I agree with your ideas of having a good attitude. It is everything, all tho hard to do at times. My inspiration has been to see those who are worse off than me, and to see their go to attitudes. It gives me the desire to push forward and deal with my situation. I hope everyone finds the relief they are seeking, my prayers are with you all!

Dec 15, 2016 · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hi Cynthia, I had a spinal disk fusion in my lower back due to degenerative arthritis in the disk. My surgery was a total success, the surgeons attached a “cage” to my spine with rods and screws to help support the fusion. I no longer have back pain, but I did suffer spontaneous fractures due to osteoporosis in my pelvic area this last July. I was told by my orthopedic surgeon that there was nothing to be done for them, that they would have to heal on their own. I did however, have a steroid injection in my saccarilyic joint to help relieve some of the pain. That was a Godsend as I was having to walk with a walker. And I’m a young 61 year old!!! I hope that you find relief for your pain, finding the right doctor and team is essential. Good luck and prayers for you!