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KathyInIowa
08-07-2016, 10:47 AM
Hey, everybody. I had my 6-week check up last Thursday. I got a good report. My hardware is all in place, my sagittal/coronal balance was perfect, my lordosis was normal, my pelvic tilt was normal. I am off ALL meds! Yay! It feels good to let my body start detoxing from all that it has been through....

We loaded all my stuff up Friday morning and drove home - a 5 hour drive. I lasted the first 2 hours sitting in the front seat, then had to switch to laying down in the back. Our Explorer is big enough that my twin mattress fit in back, so I basically was laying in a bed the remainder of the trip. I was really tired from no sleep so I felt good to lay down and just veg to music. By the time we got home I was ready to get out of the car. We did stop 2 times just to get out and stretch my legs.

My surgeon gave me the green light to ride my stationary bike and changed my weight restriction to 20 pounds. But, for now, I just plan to continue with my walking and 10 pounds or less. I'm not ready to be more physical. I need to get my eating more on track and just all-around feeling better physically before I make any changes.

It feels so good to be home and to have crossed "the 6-week mark." I feel lucky that I could stay near my surgeon for that time - and I also feel lucky that, in the end, I didn't need him!

My pain level is fairly low. I to still lay down several times throughout the day to give my back a rest, and at night I still lay on ice packs. I STILL have that terrible thigh pain. I can tell it's fading away, slowly but surely. But, for the most part, I can't complain.

My hip flexors are still fairly "stiff" so I still need to use my gripper & shoe horn for getting dressed and picking things up off the floor. But, I'm good with that! I don't mind using aids if it means I can be more independent.

I do have to admit: I tried on some of my clothes that I would never wear because I was too self conscious of my rib hump on my back and my ribs sticking out in front. They fit! It has been at least 20 years since I've had normal lordosis and a normal torso - so I'm excited to actually look "normal."

Anyway, just letting you know I'm home and feeling pretty good. Hopefully I won't have any setbacks.

Kathy

jackieg412
08-07-2016, 12:20 PM
great to hear and glad the trip home went well. Do be careful yet. I know you've come far but you do have a way to go. Yes the clothes issue. I remember the first time I put on a shirt with horizontal stripes and they weren't crooked.

Jjohnsonphd
08-07-2016, 12:48 PM
Hi Kathy,

What terrific news! You are well on your way to recovery now! That first check-up is so important and I am so glad you did so well. Getting home will feel great and you likely will start doing more than you thought you could. I actually like doing laundry right now, I makes me feel like the old me. I drag the baskets down the hall with my grabber and use the grabber to load it in. Now the dishwasher is a different story, the lower rack is so low down I can't get to it. I have heard to people sitting next to it to load which I haven't tried.

I am still taking forever to fall asleep, last night the clock said 12:34am and I had gone to bed at 10. Hoping this improves. My best friend came yesterday to visit and it was so great to see her and catch up. My kids were all out of the house and I felt do happy. I have had crying jags all week because of my vision problems and what my future will hold. I don't want to lose sight (lol) that my surgery turned out great, my bestie could not get over how straight my back is and how my torso looks long. It really is better than I could have ever imagined!

That is so great you are off your pain meds! I am still needing 1-2 doses a day because of this knife-in-my-lower back feeling that gets worse later in the day. What did your doctor say about PT? I think it is good you are taking it slow and listening to your body. It is such a big surgery we had!!!

Happy day :)
Jana

kennedy
08-07-2016, 02:02 PM
congrats kathy

titaniumed
08-07-2016, 08:51 PM
Kathy, Congratulations!

(Old man, Minnesota accent)
Itís a good thing you didnít have a vinter surgery you kno?..... Otherwise you would have to ride in the back of the the Snocat all the way back from East Dakota.....That would have been a really bumpy ride, you kno? Oh Yaaa.... You donít want to break the rods in the snocat, thatís noo good. Nooo.....You could put the skates on and hang onto the rope, but the doctors want you walking, not skating. Yaaa.....And it gets really tricky around NoTippiecanoe, Iowa, with patients tipping over....thatís noo good. They added No to the townís name, but it hasnít helped. Oh Yaaa. The experts mentioned something about us being so close to the North Pole and magnetism pulling us over, Iím just so glad you made it home safe. Oh Yaaa....

(smiley face)

You made it

Ed

golfnut
08-10-2016, 06:23 PM
Congratulations, Kathy! You sound like you are doing really well. Even though we don't go through the surgery for cosmetic reasons, it certainly is a bonus! I know what you mean about previously feeling self conscious about the rib hump. Best of luck with a smooth recovery.