Don’t get me wrong, I’m 100% glad that I had scoliosis surgery and now, six years on, I’m definitely better off than I was before.
However, if you’ve had scoliosis surgery (and have a long fusion like me) you may be able to identify with some of these 5 awkward #spinalfusionproblems…
1. Pulling a muscle trying to paint your toenails (or fasten your strappy sandals!)
|Pic by Marc Gautier|
It’s not that I CAN’T paint my toenails or fasten my strappy sandals, it’s just that it can be quite awkward and I have to sit down and sort of bend my leg in an unnatural position to reach, which usually results in me pulling a muscle in my leg!! This also applies to putting on socks and tying shoe laces. I WILL fall over if I’m not sat down!
2. Flooding the bathroom trying to wash your face
Since my surgery, I find it awkward washing my face in the sink. This is because it’s pretty difficult for me to bend right down to the level of the sink, so I usually end up squatting by the side of it and then proceeding to splash water all over the bathroom. Now I stick to face wipes, or I just wash my face in the shower.
3. Hard backed chairs = evil
|Evil chair. Pic by Elliott Brown|
No, just no. Hard backed chairs should be banned! Since surgery I’m mostly comfortable sitting on stools (my rods support me amazingly well, so I don’t actually need to lean against anything) or chairs/sofas with cushions. Anything else is super uncomfortable, mostly because I can’t bend my back to fit the shape of the chair. So in hard backed chairs, I usually end up sitting forward with my body away from the back of the chair. Hard backed, plastic sun loungers are also evil and lying flat on the floor is a definite no.
4. Shaving your legs
Kind of related to point number one. It’s hard to reach and so I usually end up in awkward positions trying to reach parts of my leg, pulling a muscle again or with patches I can’t reach. One of my fellow scoliosis surgery survivor friends said she taped her shaver to a stick to make it easier for her to reach, which made me laugh..! Worth a try!!
5. Being asked to a Yoga class
|Not recommended. Pic by Sarah Siblik|
These are just a few awkward situations I have found myself in post scoliosis surgery. Big deal? Not really. Frustrating? Sometimes. But you’ve just got to laugh at about it.