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  • #38741

    kitty
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    Hi everyone

    I am now four and a half weeks post DIANA SI joint revision surgery. I have to use crutches for 12 weeks but lie down most of the time. This means that i am pretty much housebound, so I have been trying to keep myself occupied. This is the first week I have felt slightly better, and boredom is setting in…. I’ve watched far too much rubbish daytime TV, I’ve read lots of books, some good and some bad, watched several DVD’s, and done umpteen crosswords and word searches. Unfortunately, I’m not really good at crafts etc., but I was really looking for something else to do, so someone suggested colouring!

    I looked on Amazon and saw that you can get colouring books for adults (!), so i ordered one and a pack of crayons. The one I ordered is called ‘Colour Yourself Calm’ and is a book of Mandalas. These are circles, very intricate and used as a form of meditative art. I am finding tcolouring them very relaxing!

    I can recommend colouring -even though doing it makes me feels about 9 years old! Does anybody have anything else they could suggest?

    Thanks….. here’s wishing you all a pain free evening….

    #38746

    sarah kay
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    Keep colouring and enjoy being creative. Do hope your health improves
    soon sarahx

    #38814

    jackie Kellie
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    I too bought some colouring materials Wore a hat and dark shades in the shop!!!

    however I found it one of the most relaxing and absorbing past times. I m not good at crafts either.

    What about learning a new language? plenty of help on the internet

    All the best

    #38846

    Rose
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    Take up drawing. Doesn’t matter if you feel you don’t have talent. It’s all about learning ” drawing what you see” takes awhile, in fact could take longer. But in the end it becomes a Hobby. I will never be like Di on here, BUT I do find it challenging. Start with a “b” grade pencil. Think at mo I use a 3 b but 2 b and others also fine and get a putty rubber. All will be available on line. Also a drawing pad. Have fun. Don’t take it too seriously at first. And as everyone says, practice. Enjoy.
    I sometimes add colour with water based pens/felt tips. Oh and also, date your work. You may find how much you have improved along the way as the time goes by.

    #38849

    kitty
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    I’ve been thinking about trying drawing, but Im pretty useless at it. Still, don’t suppose it really matters…. I wont have to show anybody, haha!

    #38850

    Laura
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    Hi Kitty,

    Hope you are continuing to improve after your surgery.

    Have you done your family tree? If you can use the internet on a laptop or tablet lying down you could sign up for a free trial on Ancestry, think it was a month I had. I found it very interesting and absorbing. I got back to 1633 on my father’s side, now I’m going to attempt a scrapbook about my family, I’m not crafty either so it is difficult to start but I’m determined to get it done this year.

    Take care

    #38854

    Antonia
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    Hi Kitty – just wanted to add that I would be totally lost without my IPad especially for the days when all I can do is lay down. I used to be quite “crafty” but don’t seem to have the patience or inclination now so I tend to rely heavily on my IPad for entertainment. Either watching movies, playing games (I purchased Fairway Solitaire over 2 years ago for about £1.99 and they send my courses every day free of charge) I find it quite challenging which is a great pain distractor, emailing, keeping up with people on Facebook (though this makes me more aware of how much I am not doing so not always great). I also do online surveys for which I receive shopping vouchers once I have accumulated a certain number of points – they come in handy for presents! I also do free online courses through FutureLearn, learned of these through a post on here for which I am very grateful. They are usually about 6 weeks in duration and you do them at your own pace, there is no pressure to finish etc. Hope today is a better day for you. Take care. Jan 🙂

    #38855

    kitty
    Participant

    Thank you so much for all these great suggestions x

    #43671

    sukie
    Participant

    Hi Kitty,

    Apologies for responding to this old post, but I myself underwent a DIANA Cage surgery in September 2015 but my condition has been worsening.

    May I ask where did you undergo your revision surgery and if you are feeling lots better now?

    Many thanks and take care! xx

    #43672

    kitty
    Participant

    Hi Sukie

    So sorry to hear that you are still in pain after your DIANA SI surgery.

    I had both my surgeries done in Germany. The first one didn’t help/fuse, so I researched the doctor who has studied a lot with the ‘inventor’ of the procedure in America. He works in Halberstadt. He teaches the procedure and lectures on it etc. We talked a lot about the possibility of revision surgery…. the original doctor wanted me to have ifuse but I had never wanted that. I decided to go for the revision surgery. He used a bigger implant and was super careful with my recovery period etc… and I am delighted to say that it seems to have been a complete success! I have other spinal issues but the SI pain is 99% gone 🙂

    Are you in UK?

    • This reply was modified 4 months, 2 weeks ago by  Moderator2. Reason: So sorry but we can't mention doctors by name on this forum. I hope you have a good recovery
    #43676

    sukie
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    Dear Kitty,

    Thank you so much for getting back to me!

    I am so happy to hear that your revision surgery was a success and your SI pain is pretty much non-existent now! I hope your spinal issues will soon disappear too. =)

    I am not based in the UK, unfortunately. I had my surgery in Malaysia, but am looking at travelling to Germany to get a second opinion, as my surgeon seems to be the only one in South East Asia who performs this surgery using the DIANA cage system.

    In fact, I remember my surgeon mentioning that the professor who “trained” him on the DIANA method is based in Germany.

    Having visited other orthopaedic surgeons, they all recommend I either remove the cage and get iFuse or do revision surgery, but no other surgeon here in Malaysia is willing to remove the DIANA for me as they are not familiar with it! My operating surgeon pretty much insists surgery was a success and is not willing to remove the cage.

    Thank you so very much for your time again, it is very much appreciated. xxxx

    #43677

    kitty
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    Hi again Suki

    I know that we are not supposed to recommend doctors here, but………… 😉

    You can email him, he always replies- sometimes takes a little while, but he will reply.

    Let me know if I can be of any further help….

    All the very best to you x

    #43678

    kitty
    Participant

    PS MY apologies for mentioning his name… after I had posted the above I saw Moderator 2’s comments. Sorry….

    #43679

    sukie
    Participant

    Dear Kitty,

    I hope I didn’t get you into any trouble by you mentioning the doctor’s name! :s

    I will send him an email and will be looking forward to his reply! =)

    If you don’t mind me asking, what other spinal issues do you have and did you undergo any other surgeries other than this si joint fusion?

    Thank you so much! xx

    #43681

    kitty
    Participant

    No problem….. I hope!

    I have a very long history of spinal problems over many years. I currently have all of my lumbar spine fused, as well as two levels in my neck/cervical spine and now problems at the lower thoracic levels, which I doing my absolute best to ignore. It’s not surprising that I developed SI joint issues, really. Interestingly, although it was the right side that had the DIANA, I’m told that the left side is in very bad condition too – but it doesn’t bother me at all! Long may that continue..

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