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BadKitty
11-20-2010, 11:53 AM
At almost four weeks post op ----

I feel GREAT when I get up in the morning!
Eat a small breakfast before pain meds, which make me slightly queasy.
Shower ... after which I'm refreshed but exhausted.
Recover from taking shower.
Walk for about 30 -40 minutes ... after which I'm exhausted again.
Snack (usually yogurt).
Take a nap for what usually turns out to be a couple of hours. I never really get my energy back after that good ol' walk.
Lunch and more pain meds. Yum.
Do some light laundry, wash a few dishes, putter around the house, play the piano (without pain!).
Tired again.
Read or internet while wearing the bone stimulator thingy - another couple of hours. Sometimes fall asleep again.
Go around the house with the grabber, picking up all the stuff I dropped during the morning.
Everyone comes home from work or school.
For some reason, they ask me what's for dinner. (Must be a habit.)
I eat something small because I can't eat big stuff ... never knew Ravioli-O's were so tasty!
Help with homework, sometimes from the bed because I'm usually lying down by now, just tired of standing up.
Wash up, find a comfortable spot in the bed, watch TV until the wee hours. Probably because I slept too much during the day.
Fall asleep watching TV, wake up, turn it off. Go back to sleep.
Wake up. Roll over. Go back to sleep. Wake up. Roll over. Ad infinitum.
Wake up in the morning ... feel great again! Woo hoo!
Repeat.

I should add that every day I feel a little better than I did the day before!

golfnut
11-20-2010, 12:49 PM
Juliet,
I can't comment if it's normal or not since I haven't had surgery yet, but it sounds like at this early stage that you're right on target. I'm thinking maybe more walks throughout the day for shorter periods of time might be less exhausting.
I just have to tell you that I love your sense of humor. I am sure you are a fun person to be around!

LaurieAnne
11-20-2010, 01:03 PM
At almost four weeks post op ----

I feel GREAT when I get up in the morning!
Eat a small breakfast before pain meds, which make me slightly queasy.
Shower ... after which I'm refreshed but exhausted.
Recover from taking shower.
Walk for about 30 -40 minutes ... after which I'm exhausted again.
Snack (usually yogurt).
Take a nap for what usually turns out to be a couple of hours. I never really get my energy back after that good ol' walk.
Lunch and more pain meds. Yum.
Do some light laundry, wash a few dishes, putter around the house, play the piano (without pain!).
Tired again.
Read or internet while wearing the bone stimulator thingy - another couple of hours. Sometimes fall asleep again.
Go around the house with the grabber, picking up all the stuff I dropped during the morning.
Everyone comes home from work or school.
For some reason, they ask me what's for dinner. (Must be a habit.)
I eat something small because I can't eat big stuff ... never knew Ravioli-O's were so tasty!
Help with homework, sometimes from the bed because I'm usually lying down by now, just tired of standing up.
Wash up, find a comfortable spot in the bed, watch TV until the wee hours. Probably because I slept too much during the day.
Fall asleep watching TV, wake up, turn it off. Go back to sleep.
Wake up. Roll over. Go back to sleep. Wake up. Roll over. Ad infinitum.
Wake up in the morning ... feel great again! Woo hoo!
Repeat.

I should add that every day I feel a little better than I did the day before!

Juliet,

After your surgery did you experience a lot of numbness or burning sensations? If so, how long did it last? Does it interfere with sleeping or moving? My neighbor just had a couple neck vetebrates fused and she is having burning prickling sensations in her hands and fingers. I am just wondering if this is something I will face too when I get my spine fused (T-3-L-4). If you did have this, is there medication that can help?

Thanks!!

BadKitty
11-20-2010, 01:47 PM
Karen -- Thanks! :D Things do get pretty silly around here sometimes ... especially me. You may be right about me walking too far or for too long. I'll try breaking it up into two walks & see if that works better. I'm just getting tired of lying around, and end up standing up too much!

Laurie Anne - Yes, I do have numbness of my incision, and burning feelings in my skin all up and down the back of my rib cage and my sides at the hips and lower. It feels (as Ed mentioned) like a bad sunburn, and only hurts to touch, like with clothing rubbing on it. Strange! My pain management doctor said it was neurogenic pain from nerve endings regenerating. He prescribed Lyrica for it, but I'm leery of any more meds and the Percoset helps calm it down, so that's what I'm sticking with. It's not nearly as annoying as it was at first, so either I'm getting used to it or it's going away. The numbness is definitely going away slowly at this point.

loves to skate
11-20-2010, 02:20 PM
Juliet,
Your recovery sounds just like mine was. I'm guessing it is pretty normal. It took me a full two years to get my normal stamina back, but i stopped napping at about three months.
Sally

BadKitty
11-20-2010, 03:54 PM
That's a relief to know it's pretty normal, Sally. I'm usually either standing up trying to find something to do to, or giving up and lying down. I'll be so glad when I can do more stuff!

JenniferG
11-20-2010, 04:55 PM
Juliet, for so early post-op, you sound perfectly normal in fact I think you're going great! Keep doing what you're doing, it sounds fine to me, but as time goes by, you will realise you are better now than last week, etc. There are little improvements all the time for example you'll sleep slightly longer without waking, you'll be less tired after your walk, your appetite will improve (giving you more energy) etc. etc. You sound right on track to me. <thumbs up>

BadKitty
11-20-2010, 05:10 PM
Thanks for the T.U, Jennifer! I have nothing to compare it to, so always wondering if I'm "on track" -- good to know I'm where I should be at this point!

Doodles
11-20-2010, 09:26 PM
I agree with Jennifer--sounds like you are at least right on track if not doing very, very well! Be aware that things don't always just go forward that there can be little set backs. Here's wishing you escape all of those! Janet

BadKitty
11-20-2010, 10:26 PM
Thanks, Janet ... it feels like there is some little set back every day, too, but I always come out ahead somehow ... which is what's important.

I almost forgot to ask ... sometimes I can feel stuff shifting around back there in my lower back and waist area, particularly when turning over in bed. Is THAT normal? It feels weird!

debbei
11-21-2010, 06:17 AM
Sounds EXACTLY right to me! You mentioned helping with homework--I remember one time I was teting my 4th grade daughter with her multiplication/division facts with flash cards, not too long after I took pain meds. After a while I had to stop helping because I FORGOT the answers! LOL

Keep up the good work! When do you go for a postop check?

BadKitty
11-21-2010, 08:26 AM
Sounds VERY familiar, Debbe! ... except Jon is asking me about accelerated 8th grade algebra and his science fair project on the Bernoulli Effect, and I'm saying "hey, sounds great to me!" I hope I'm not scarring him for life!

First post-op is Wednesday this week. I hope I can find out about my correction and get some xray images! Guess I should ask him about this weird feeling of the rods shifting around in my back too ... like, how are things supposed to fuse if they're moving? Or maybe it's just my imagination.

LisaB
11-21-2010, 09:03 AM
Juliet- I think you sound pretty normal at 4 weeks. I was still taking a nap the first 4 weeks. Once you get off the pain meds you won't be so tired. Plus my kids are grown and out of college so I only have my husband and dog at home. The first month he usually brought something home on the way from work so I didn't have t cook. I also had a girl come over to help with laundry, unloading and loading the bottom rack of the dishwasher, take me grocery shopping, etc. She started at 4 hours a day 4 days a week then worked down to 3 days, then 2 days as I could do more and had more energy. She's going to come back and help me put up Christmas decorations. Keep up the good work. Glad you're feeling better each week!

JenniferG
11-21-2010, 03:45 PM
My thought is that it's not your rods/screws/spine moving around, it's probably muscular. I am sure your surgeon can put your mind at rest. We all have little niggling worries about fusing - it's so important, it's only natural to worry about every odd little feeling - there are plenty of them!