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jlg627
02-03-2010, 09:20 AM
Hi Everyone,

I am now 8 days post op and have been home for 2 1/2 days. My surgery was 15 hours (according to my family) and I was in ICU from Tuesday night until Thursday afternoon. The doctor thought I made great progress once I got the ventilator out and got out of ICU and thought I was ready to come home. I don't remember it, but I guess I asked the doctor to help me sit up in a chair once they took the ventilator out! Thankfully, I have my mom and my fiance giving me 24/7 care! Most days are good, but I've had some issues with a few spasms. I am fused t2-pelvis. He said the top curve went from around 65 to around 38! He wanted to balance the top and bottom curve.

Morning time seems to be the hardest since I've been laying in bed all night. I am setting my clock to make sure I get my pills on time. He currently prescribed 1Percocet every 4 hours as needed and 1 Valium every 6 hours as needed for the pain and spasms. He had me on Norco, but it made me extremely queasy.

Today we added an "egg crate" foam pad on top of the pillow top mattress to see if it helps the pain! I'll see when I go to take a nap! The doctor did not reccommend me putting a wedge on the bed. :)

I also have chairs in every room with pilllows tied to the back for support. So far, everything seems to be going ok. I'm taking it day by day!

Jen

52skeedoo
02-03-2010, 09:50 AM
Congratulations on being home and able to post! It's great to hear that you are doing so well. The first 2-3 weeks are the most challenging.
Keep up the good work.
Sheri

Jimbo
02-03-2010, 01:35 PM
Congratulations.

I am also around eight days post-op.

Have a nice recovery :)

Vali
02-03-2010, 03:46 PM
Best wishes on a smooth and uncomplicated recovery. Sounds like all went well. Easy does it - as you said, one day at a time.:)

debbei
02-03-2010, 05:42 PM
How wonderful to be home! Each day will get a teeny bit better. Rest and eat well and concentrate on getting better. Oh, and don't forget to do your walking daily, even if it's small laps inside the house.

mbeckoff
02-03-2010, 07:58 PM
How great it must feel to be home

It is wonderful that all went well

have a great recovery

Melissa

Susie*Bee
02-04-2010, 05:11 AM
Jen-- that's wonderful that you feel up to posting.. it was so good to hear from you! And yes, this is the tough part-- it will get better! Just take care of yourself (along with all that help from your mom and fiance!) and before long you'll realize how far you've come. Gentle hugs, Susie

Shari
02-04-2010, 11:28 AM
Wow!!! Jen, you're another one I have to be jealous of.:)

I couldn't even spell this soon after I got home!!!

Best Wishes for the rest of your recovery,
Shari