It can be a very stressful time for the whole family – we hope that these hints and tips help you all in the weeks and months ahead.
- Make sure to buy a car park pass – invaluable.
- Try not to worry too much, children are very resilient, let them find their own way.
- “Sometimes the things we can’t change end up changing us”.
- Have some non-scoliosis family time, a bit of fun before it gets serious.
- Apply for a blue badge – some councils will give you a badge so it’s worth a try. They are
a godsend when going to hospital.
- If you or your child has long hair, it’s a good idea to scalp-plait it on the day of surgery so it is out of the way, so have a practice!
- Build arm muscles up and generally get as fit and strong as possible.
- Shave or wax your legs, as you won’t be able to do it for a while!
- Similarly, cut your toe nails!
Things to bring in
Hand-held fans / cooling spray recommended if staying in hospital with your child as it gets very warm sometimes.
DVDs and an IPOD (or similar) to listen to music when going to sleep.
Crocs or slip on shoes.
- Be prepared to see lots of tubes in critical care.
- Encourage visitors – the company of others helps recovery.
- If bracing is required post-op, it can be disheartening and also uncomfortable. Persevere, as it will only be requested if needed.
- Try and encourage different movements regularly to stop back stiffness and aching.
- Post op – listen to your child. They know their body better than anyone.
When back at school
- If you have exams, wear your brace if you have one.
- Don’t lean over the desk – try to stay upright, especially during long exams.
- Inform the school of what you find most comfortable so they can allow you to take exams somewhere more comfortable and move about if necessary.