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mdtaffet
01-28-2012, 01:21 PM
10 hour surgery on Monday included everything surgeon needed to do. Received 6 units of blood and 2 of plasma;1 more unit of blood on Tuesday am; another Friday evening.

My ligaments are very weak, which I'm told led to more correction than surgeon initially thought possible.

Had traction during surgery (knees stapled on both sides).

Looking for advice on pillow wedges

-- Thanks,
Mary

mdtaffet
01-28-2012, 03:37 PM
PT in hospital had me practice getting into and out of bed, showing me that it would be easier if I used a pillow wedge and multiple pillows.

Right now I have brand new twin bed and generally use one pillow -- a "Wal-Pil-O".

Suggestions for pillow wedges for sleeping?

--Thanks,
Mary

JenniferG
01-28-2012, 04:09 PM
Have no advice on pillow wedges - just wanted to say congratulations, it's over and best wishes with a continued smooth recovery. Sounds like a great outcome has been achieved!

rohrer01
01-28-2012, 04:14 PM
I'm glad to hear that you are okay. Wow, that's a LOT of blood loss. Did the surgeon tell you why you lost so much blood? I haven't had surgery, so I don't know about the pillow wedges. Maybe someone that has used them will chime in here. It's too bad that they didn't tell you that you would be needing them BEFORE surgery so you could have bought them ahead of time. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Rohrer01

mdtaffet
01-28-2012, 05:22 PM
Thanks JenniferG and rohrer01.

I don't know why I needed so much blood, but it may have been due to low hematocrit or something like that.

I wish it was easier to sleep in the hospital, but besides being sometimes too warm or sometimes too chilled, I usually end up in an uncomfortable position as well, with no clue as to what sort of adjustment would help.

I woke up in recovery room with numbness and tingling in right foot, which had previously been asymptomatic. Surgeon says it may be temporary.

Hospital tried to move me to nursing home, but surgeon nixed that idea. He says I'm doing so much better than most patients who have had same surgery that most people underestimate what I've been through.

rohrer01
01-28-2012, 05:35 PM
I'm glad they didn't put you in a nursing home. My mom had a bad table saw accident and they put her in one (nursing home) after a few days in the hospital. She escaped! (with the help of my sister, LOL) I stayed with her for a week to make sure she was okay and taking her meds on time so that the pain didn't get ahead of her. It turned out well for her in the long run.

JenniferG
01-28-2012, 07:17 PM
I also had 6 units of blood, including one on the night of Day 2 because I'd felt faint when they tried to get me up to walk. I was fine after that.

Confusedmom
01-28-2012, 07:49 PM
Mary,

Glad to hear the surgery went well, and you are on your way to recovery! I was just reading in Wolpert's book that sometimes temporary nerve damage (the tingling in foot) can be caused by surgery, so hopefully it will be just that--temporary!! I have also heard of several people losing six or more units of blood. Seems like someone on the forum posted they lost 13. It's just something we have to accept with this surgery. And thank God technology has come so far with blood cleaning. Best wishes for a smooth recovery and getting out of the hospital soon.

:),
Evelyn

golfnut
01-29-2012, 05:39 PM
Mary,
I'm glad your surgery is over and you are on your way to recovery. Good luck!

djkinkead
01-29-2012, 06:52 PM
Mary,

Glad you are now on the other side of the surgery. I ended up getting two units of blood, but my doctor was able to recycle some of my own blood, so I guess that helped.

Am looking forward to seeing your after surgery xrays!

Not sure what they mean by the wedge pillos, although I have seen wedge pillows for sale as anti-snoring aids.

I just bought a bunch of soft normal bed pillows and have them everywhere.

Best of luck on your recovery. Remember, everyday it gets better.

scooter950
01-30-2012, 09:48 AM
So happy to see that you're feeling well enough to post,coherently too! Congratulations, you made it! will be praying for your speedy recovery from here out- God bless yoU! Jamie

mdtaffet
01-31-2012, 09:36 PM
I came home yesterday, 1/30, a week after the surgery. They wanted to send me to rehab instead, but I passed all the physical therapist's in-hospital tests (walking, stair climbing, getting in and out of bed), so they couldn't do that. Instead they're having me set up with Home Health Aides here at my house for a while.

Trying to find comfortable chair, no luck just yet.

Brand new bed isn't uncomfortable, but it's also not really comfortable either.

I just wonder if that sensation that my back has half the amount of skin it used to have is due to the dressing, the hardware, or just a figment.

Now getting ready to try a second night's sleep.

The walker is right next to the bed so that I can get up and go to the bathroom if needed. That happened last night and fortunately I wasn't too dizzy to handle it (dizziness after lying down was big problem in the hospital).

-- Mary

titaniumed
01-31-2012, 09:58 PM
Mary

You are doing great!

Sitting is hard after surgery. It takes a while......Get some soft down pillows. I couldnít sit for more than 3 minutes for the longest time.

A foam topper for the bed 2-4 inches thick will help with sleeping. There are many threads about this subject here.

Careful upon standing after getting out of bed. I would stand with my walker for a few minutes, then move. You donít want to fall down.

Careful with constipation on meds. Keep a bottle of Magnesium Citrate handy. Itís the best thing just in case. Drink plenty of water, and walk. This promotes peristalsis.

Ed

mdtaffet
02-01-2012, 07:30 PM
Mary

You are doing great!

Sitting is hard after surgery. It takes a while......Get some soft down pillows. I couldnít sit for more than 3 minutes for the longest time.

A foam topper for the bed 2-4 inches thick will help with sleeping. There are many threads about this subject here.

Careful upon standing after getting out of bed. I would stand with my walker for a few minutes, then move. You donít want to fall down.

Careful with constipation on meds. Keep a bottle of Magnesium Citrate handy. Itís the best thing just in case. Drink plenty of water, and walk. This promotes peristalsis.

Ed

Don't think a foam topper would really help me; my brand new bed already has a Latex Pillow Top. It may just be harder in a twin bed. Maybe if I had more room and a body pillow, that would help, but there's no room for one now.

Maybe when the dressing comes off (perhaps next Thursday 02/09 at next surgeon visit) my back will feel less tight; for now it feels as if I have half the amount of skin back there that I used to. But maybe that's the rods.

Had a cerebrospinal fluid leak during surgery, but it was repaired immediately. I doubt that could be making my back feel so tight.

Home health aide came today to assist with "personal care"; physical therapist comes tomorrow to evaluate me. Then nurse comes on Friday.

I'm going to see if physical therapist can help me figure out how to lie down in the most comfortable manner so I can get some real sleep. I laid down on couch today for a while. It felt okay, except that I almost couldn't get up from that low spot.

I gather that my "very weak ligaments" that led to more correction than surgeon thought possible may also make recovery more difficult.

The nurses in the hospital rarely knew up front what my surgery had been. Most thought it was on my knees when they saw the two staples on each side of each knee. I had to educate them about traction as part of fusion.

-- Mary