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huskymom
02-09-2010, 01:09 AM
8 days until surgery!! Gosh guys, I am getting so-o darn nervous. I had my last doctor's appointment on Friday and he told me they would be fusing me from T1 to L2. Any last advice for me? I am scared, no petrified is the more accurate term I believe:(
I just feel like I do not know what to expect........

JenniferG
02-09-2010, 02:26 AM
Do you want to ask any specific questions? I was very nervous and asked loads of specific questions and got good answers and one poster, Discombobulated, told me all about what to expect immediately prior to going to theatre and immediately after waking up. Getting the answers took away the scary unknown factor. It really helped.

And the reality wasn't nearly as scary as I'd expected!

Try to keep yourself busy, do some nice things for yourself, have everything organised to reduce last minute stress and try to exercise if you are able. Eat healthily. If you eat meat, get some red meat into you to build up your iron reserves. Spinach is good too, but drink some orange juice with your meal so that the iron is absorbed better.

Try to think past the surgery, to recovery. Think about getting stronger every day and gradually taking back your life. Because the surgery is just one day and you'll sleep through it!

Some of us have spoken of a sense of calm and acceptance towards the end of that last week. I hope you feel it, it certainly helps. Good luck huskymom!

Jimbo
02-09-2010, 05:11 AM
There aint nothing to do now except wait!

Stay positive and BELIEVE that you will get a great outcome.

It's good they are only fusing you to L2.

JenniferG is right, as the time approaches a strange sense of calm sets in :)

Just try and chill and think of how great it will be when you are all fixed.

Shari
02-09-2010, 10:19 AM
Huskymom,

We all know how hard it is to relax at this stage. I cried a lot. Jimbo is right about the strange sense of clam that comes over you.

And it did seem to me like the anticapation was worse than or as bad as the actual surgery.

Thoughts and Prayers with Hugs to you and yours,
Shari

megz
02-09-2010, 02:29 PM
aww I can relate with you..I was just like how you are feeling I had to goto my GP and have the up my anxiety medicine bc I wasn't sleeping at night and was getting very anxious. But honestly when the day came I wasn't as nervous as I thought I was. They called me in had me change and next thing I know I was waking up in the ICU recovery room with my family there. It was harder on me because I had to have the two surgeries. But once I woke up from the second surgery it was like a sigh of relief like omg I just accomplished this! Its such an amazing feeling and you will soon join us on the other side. Are you nervous about anything imparticular?? My biggest thing was I didn't want to be intubated and was scared to death and told my mother I would pull it out if I woke up to it..I woke up and had the tube in my mouth and it didn't phase me at all..They had me so sedated that when I finally came to the doctor was telling me to cough and they were taking it out.. If you have any questions I would love to hear them or you can send me a private message if you want to talk. =) Best of Luck.
meghan

Doodles
02-09-2010, 02:39 PM
Everyone above has given some really good advice--I think they have covered it. I was sure I wouldn't sleep a wink the night before since I often have trouble when something important is coming up but I actually slept a few hours. There is something to that sense of calm. Now is the time to put your trust in your doctor and know he will do the best for you. Janet

huskymom
02-10-2010, 01:30 AM
Thank you all so much! Your positive words of encouragement mean so much to me:) Just please keep me in your prayers next week:) I guess I have a few questions...1) What do you feel like immediately after you wake up? 2) Do you get out of bed and walk the first day post-op? 3) How is the rehab?

megz
02-10-2010, 01:51 AM
Thank you all so much! Your positive words of encouragement mean so much to me:) Just please keep me in your prayers next week:) I guess I have a few questions...1) What do you feel like immediately after you wake up? 2) Do you get out of bed and walk the first day post-op? 3) How is the rehab?

You will def be in my prayers :)

1. I felt groggy, when waking up from both surgeries I was pretty sedated bc of the tubes but when they took them out. I was more aware of things. I had the PCA pump and that really knocked me out..So the majority of the time I was sleeping.
2. I wasn't out of been until that following Sunday. I went in on a Monday. I had the physical therapist come in on Tuesday and she was asking me if I was ready to get up but when she found out I was having the second surgery that Thursday she decided to wait on things.. I hear people that have the one surgery usually are up and walking the next day..Gosh I could have imagined that!!
3. Are you going to rehab?! I never went to rehab. I came to stay with my mom and they set me up with a Visiting Nurse, A physical therapist, and a Occupational Therapist. Both visiting nurse and OT are wanting to discharge me this week, but I kinda enjoy there company lol and tell them not to go. To make something up;)

Vali
02-10-2010, 05:40 AM
Thank you all so much! Your positive words of encouragement mean so much to me:) Just please keep me in your prayers next week:) I guess I have a few questions...1) What do you feel like immediately after you wake up? 2) Do you get out of bed and walk the first day post-op? 3) How is the rehab?

1) I didn;t really wake up in recovery, well not that i can remember anyway. 1st day post-op when i really woke up, i felt as if i had had the best sleep in a long time and was surprised that i was not in a lot of pain as i thought i would be. I had discomfort, but not pain. I had a PCA but hardly used it, so it was removed 24hours later.

2) 1st day post-op, i woke at 5.30am, the surgeon visited at 7.30 and the physio had me walk a few steps at 8.30am, then again at 1pm and then so long as i had someone with me, i could walk whenever i wanted.

3) i had no rehab. I was just instructed to walk as much as i could aiming for 1/2 - 1 hour by the 8 week post-op appointment.

RitaR
02-10-2010, 05:46 PM
Hey Vali,
I think South Australia has some strong folks. You have impressed me beyond belief. I hope to do just as well as you. :)

mbeckoff
02-10-2010, 07:45 PM
Husky mom,

These people on this forum are great. They make you feel so at ease with everything going on.I have not been thru surgery yet , but one month from tomorrow is my turn.

I am actually looking forward to it so I can be rid of my pain.

Yes I know that there will be post-surgical pain but that will go away and hopefully I will begin to feel better every day.

Melissa

JenniferG
02-10-2010, 09:15 PM
1) What do you feel like immediately after you wake up?

I felt calm, relaxed and sleepy. I couldn't see because my eyes were swollen shut but it didn't worry me. Must have been the premium drugs. ;) I had two epidurals so wasn't in any pain.

2) Do you get out of bed and walk the first day post-op?

No, next morning they took me from ICU to my room. The Physiotherapist came in but when they sat me up, I felt faint so they didn't push it. I sat up and walked a few paces the next day or perhaps it was the day after that. I could walk far better than I could sit.

3) How is the rehab?

I didn't have rehab. Doc. said walk every day, which I did. When I told him at my 6 week check up that I'd walked every day, he said, "Walk twice a day"!

Vali
02-11-2010, 07:13 AM
Hey Vali,
I think South Australia has some strong folks. You have impressed me beyond belief. I hope to do just as well as you. :)

Thankyou Rita. I am sure that you will do quite well yourself. Read as much as you can about the surgery, stay positive and i'm sure that you will impress us with your recovery. Best wishes.

Huskymom, my baby (Romeo - the husky )just walked in to sit with me as he does every night and has now settled in for the night. During recovery he was my best companion. He must have sensed i wasn't well as he went everywhere i went. At night, he comes to my side of the bed and nuzzles me to let him out to toilet, but funnily during recovery he would go to my husband and woo woo him, to let him out! Think about how well you will be to be able to have fun with your dogs without pain! Best wishes from me and Romeo says - woo woo!

huskymom
02-11-2010, 10:59 PM
Thank You all sooooo much for the questions answered! All your advice means so much to me right now! I will definitely post next week as soon as the surgery is over and I feel like getting on my laptop! Thanks again for all the prayers too!

Vali - How awesome you have a husky too!!!! How old? I have 3 boys, Truman, Yukon, and Murphy Jack. They are my boys and my babies! I am gonna miss them so-o much while Im in the hospital:( We are so active with them, so I hope after my surgery I will be able to do even more with them:) Last spring, we took them to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee and did 26 miles of mountain trails in 2 days. Gosh, I hope one day I can do that without all this pain I have due to my curves now.

LynetteG
02-11-2010, 11:22 PM
I'll be thinking of you Huskymom and I'm excited to hear how great you will feel after your surgery! Just think you'll have a straighter back, and not too long afterward I'm sure you'll have less pain than what you're experiencing right now - it's all good. It won't be long till you will be back playing with those doggies of yours :) God bless!

Radiogirl
02-15-2010, 10:03 PM
Huskymom...I'm a mom to a Husky, too!!! Her name is Stoli and she is such a funny girl! She's pure white with sky blue eyes. I know how much I will miss her and she will miss me when I'm in St. Louis for my surgery next month!!! Good luck to you. You will be in my thought and prayers and Stoli's too :)

Vali
02-16-2010, 07:38 AM
Best wishes on your upcoming surgery Huskymom. Romeo will be six this June.
He is your classic black, white and silver, bi-eyed and pie-eyed in one eye. He is also very protecctive of our newborn grand-daughter Charli.

Radiogirl, your dog sounds absolutely gorgeous as well.