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rockycarm
07-05-2012, 05:05 AM
I drove for the first time today just about 7 weeks post op. WOW felt so good to be someone independent again. Drove early a.m. with no traffic but just getting out there was great! Thank you God!

loves to skate
07-05-2012, 10:38 AM
I drove for the first time today just about 7 weeks post op. WOW felt so good to be someone independent again. Drove early a.m. with no traffic but just getting out there was great! Thank you God!

Good for you. Driving opens up that door to freedom. I hope you are off all narcotics.
Sally

mbeckett
07-05-2012, 11:25 AM
That's great. I can imagine how you must have felt as I am 6 weeks post-op and have been wondering when I should even be considering getting behind the wheel. I'm not quite ready yet but reading your post encourages me for when I am. May I ask what type of car your drive and how is your ability to turn your head to see traffic behind you? The reason I ask is because just prior to surgery I noticed that I had limited flexibility and depended on the review mirrors a lot which suited me fine because obviously I hadn't even noticed previously. I imagine it is going to be the same now but because of all the surgery I had and my hesitation I am concerned. Also, what time of the morning did you go out...that's a good idea as I hadn't thought of that.

Congratulations on your huge step towards independence!!

Marjorie

golfnut
07-05-2012, 12:29 PM
Congratulations! Driving is a huge step in getting back to a normal life. Celebrate each milestone in your journey of recovery.

Irina
07-05-2012, 01:55 PM
Congratulations! And you're only 7 weeks out, that's great. Tell us more about your progress, please.

rockycarm
07-05-2012, 05:40 PM
To answer some of your questions, I drive a Nissan Murano. i have to say that the seats are somewhat uncomfortable now. I don't know if it my new body or just the seats but this is what I have. I drove at 5 a.m. in the morning to take my husband's car in for repair before his work. I used today mostly the mirrors and did not have any need to turn around. I definitely won't be driving too much I have to say but would love it if I could take myself to physical therapy. I did not of course take any narcotics, I am actually down to one per day, 1/2 a.m. and 1/2 before I go to bed with Tylenol in between. It is working for me thank goodness as I really do hate the drugs. I am, however, having trouble with one of my legs. I have numbness in my toe and nerve pain in my foot which is inhibiting my ability to walk. I will be going for an MRI and seeing a neurologist next week for this to see if they can pinpoint where this is coming from. The doctor and physical therapist are insistent this will come back but right now is a bit frustrating. I am also getting nerve type pain on my left side when I get in and out of bed so had to switch sides with my husband. Hopefully this will go away soon too. I am fused from T9 - S1 and am feeling the hardware in my lumbosacral area which they also tell me will go away. I always thought I had patience but this is surely a lesson in patience. You definitely need the patience of JOB :) All in all however, I am happy with the outcome, I have gained 2 inches in height, lost the rib hump and am hopeful for the future. Thank you everyone for your continued support and input.

Confusedmom
07-05-2012, 09:52 PM
Great news, Rocky! I am loving driving again, too. It gets more comfortable each week! Now I almost prefer it to riding because I know when the turns and bumps are coming.

FYI, I called our local police dept. to ask about the legality of driving while taking prescription pain meds. They said it is legal, but you cannot legally drive while "impaired," which can be grogginess, etc., but can also be inability to turn to see traffic. I take 1 pain pill in the morning and still will drive. I have been on them 4 months, so they no longer make me groggy, sleepy, etc. It's a judgment call.

Best,
Evelyn

rockycarm
07-06-2012, 05:43 AM
Great news, Rocky! I am loving driving again, too. It gets more comfortable each week! Now I almost prefer it to riding because I know when the turns and bumps are coming.

FYI, I called our local police dept. to ask about the legality of driving while taking prescription pain meds. They said it is legal, but you cannot legally drive while "impaired," which can be grogginess, etc., but can also be inability to turn to see traffic. I take 1 pain pill in the morning and still will drive. I have been on them 4 months, so they no longer make me groggy, sleepy, etc. It's a judgment call.

Best,
Evelyn

Thanks Evelyn for the information. You are a bit ahead of me. Can you tell me what I can expect at 4-5 months post op?

djkinkead
07-06-2012, 08:33 AM
I remember how joyous it was to be able to drive again! Can't remember when I started, but it was great (and a bit scary as you really can't turn your head that much). I did buy some comdex mirrors for both sides so I would have a better range of vision from them.

I am a little over ten months post surgery and I am starting to feel like I can start to turn my head almost to where I was before...but this has been very recent.

Anyway congrats on the driving!

djkinkead
07-06-2012, 08:35 AM
BTW, regarding uncomfortable seats: I still use pillows. Soft, soft pillows at first. Now I use the side sleeper memory foam pillow I purchased at Kohls. It conforms to my body (still have a bit of a rib hump), and allows me to drive longer distances.

Confusedmom
07-07-2012, 12:31 AM
Rocky,
Everyone is different, but for me improvement really started kicking in at about 9 weeks. I began walking faster, able to sit longer and starting to return to social life. However, I am still taking some pain meds, where as many people are off by this point. I have significant right shoulder pain in the morning, regardless of how I sleep. And I have left hip and leg pain that increases with sitting and walking. Still, it is getting a little better each week. I can do more, take fewer meds, and hurt less. So, one step at a time.

Best,
Evelyn