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green m&m
07-29-2006, 03:20 PM
Not scoliosis surgery... but I'm gonna be in the hospital for at least a week mid/late-august for a tumor resection. ...and in about 10 years, I'll be sporting matching scars both down my back and my stomach :p.

I'm gonna assume the first few days I'll be too out of it to know what's going on, but... what do you DO for days in the hospital? I hate being bored... and I forsee that happening.

crookedspine
07-29-2006, 04:29 PM
I found that after the first few days I slept as much as I "worked". By the time the therapists got through with me, I was so tired I could hardly eat! After several days, I still rested quite a bit. I never got bored...just walked and rested. It took quite a bit out of me. I couldn't read for very long...always went to sleep. :)

sweetness514
07-30-2006, 03:21 PM
By the time you eat, do PT, walk a bit, wash, brush your teeth, go to the loo to pee(often :o ) get checked by nurses every so often...you're just wishing you can relax. The days were all right but nights were tough, b/c there is so much noise and I couldn't sleep.

green m&m
07-30-2006, 08:04 PM
ear plugs are going on the list of 'stuff i should bring'

Suzy
07-30-2006, 10:38 PM
I don't think you will need to worry about boredom for sure. This was a major concern of mine as I never sit still! I bought a huge paperback to read and never touched it till I had been home about a week. I was in the hospital 8 days. The meds make you sleep. I wasn't able to focus on any reading material, just watched T.V. and slept. The P.T. will make you sleep too, you will be so tired. That is if you will be doing P.T. for your recovery. Night time is noisy, earplugs will be great. I brought an eye mask but never used it, it was dark enough to sleep. I'm not sure how your tumor resection will compare to all of our scoliosis surgerys but it should be easier for sure!

green m&m
07-30-2006, 11:14 PM
. I brought an eye mask but never used it, it was dark enough to sleep. I'm not sure how your tumor resection will compare to all of our scoliosis surgerys but it should be easier for sure!

I have a love hate relationships with eye masks. They help me fall asleep in situations where it's not dark enough but I feel so stuffy when I wear them. It also makes it harder to wake up.. *huh it's dark.. wait... it's morning isn' it?*

This surgery will just just prepare me better for the spinal fusion later on ;-P. But I'd much rather be getting a spinal fusion than this surgery... there are too many unkonwns which I won't find out until after.

bbest
08-01-2006, 11:02 AM
I have found that the times I have been hospitalized, (3 labors and deliveries, 1 hemangioma removal, spinal fusion) boredom doesn't have time to enter into the picture. Hospitals are busy places and contrary to popular belief, are not conducive to R&R. Regardless of what you are hospitalized for, you will undoubtedly be focusing on your recovery and little else.

sweetness514
08-01-2006, 02:18 PM
And walking around, I find that interesting to get to know people and what they're in for. Something I thought about :cool:

green m&m
08-01-2006, 06:43 PM
Well, it's good to know I won't be bored...lol.

My surgeon told me that my stay would be around 4 days, not 7 - 10 as the scheduler said. *darn scheduler... scaring me like that :p*

Jer
08-02-2006, 01:49 AM
Not scoliosis surgery... but I'm gonna be in the hospital for at least a week mid/late-august for a tumor resection. ...and in about 10 years, I'll be sporting matching scars both down my back and my stomach :p.

I'm gonna assume the first few days I'll be too out of it to know what's going on, but... what do you DO for days in the hospital? I hate being bored... and I forsee that happening.

Ah, yep, we all get to that stage were the food is growing old, the nights are lasting too long for comfort, and we long to smell something other than the hospital disinfected linens.

1. Take an mp3 player with you. Have stuff you can hear as you go to sleep. (I loved that when I had my second intestinal surgery.) Music is definitely good for the healing process.
2. At least two novels and ask a friend to bring over a magazine or two.
3. Cards, try playing Canasta with a few friends on one of your last days in the hospital it will be fun.
4. Make a list of things you want to do when you get out of the hospital. Make some of them just plan fun stuff to do with friends or family. (kind of a transition period for getting settled back home.
Or just a list of food items you want snuck into the room while you await your release. (Now, who doesn't do this one?!LOL)
5. Write your Christmas cards while your idle. or belated birthday notes to friends or family. Or if your really artistic, make your own cards to send out later.

Jer