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01-17-2008, 03:24 PM
Hi everyone! This is my 1st real post since prior to surgery.

The back surgery appears to have gone pretty much as planned - I think the fusion is T2 to L2. Dr. B decided to postpone the L5 - S1 fusion because I had already been under anesthesia for about 10 hours & the lower fusion requires another 3 hours, so we are taking a wait & see approach for that. I have a cervical collar to wear when I am up and about but I haven't done very much of that yet. The collar is very uncomfortable and I will contact Dr. to maybe change that.

I was in HSS from 12/26 to 01/09 - I contracted pneumonia, was on some really strange head trips from the drugs and couldn't manage the patient-controlled pain meds so I apparently spent much of the3 first 5 days screaming in agony. After being moved to a regular room on day 6, I was not as delusional but managed to pick up a gastro-bug resulting in 4 days diarhea (sp?) and got motion sick every time they wheeled me to the places to get x-rays,cat scans.etc.

After 15 days at HSS I was discharged to the rehab facility at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, where, long story short, I've been suffering from nausea, dizziness, etc. so I have not had as much PT as was planned. I expect to be discharged to a sub-acute rehab somehwere in Manhattan, where I will be given more rehab when I am not sick to my stomach.

I'm quite tired now, but will update soon.

Many thanks for your prayers and good wishes.

01-17-2008, 03:57 PM
Gosh, Janet, I was so surprised to read your post with all the things that happened! :eek: It sounds like Murphy's Law was in effect... I tried to keep the forum posted by relaying what Neal had said in his updates on your site, but he never mentioned any of this!

I am glad you are doing better now and will be praying for the nausea and dizziness to go away so you can get to doing some PT, etc.--and so you can start feeling better! Sending lots of well wishes and prayers your way... Susie

01-17-2008, 04:58 PM
Wow Janet! What an ordeal. I sure do hope that the rest of your recovery goes much smoother for you. Get plenty of rest and take care of yourself. We will all be thinking of you.

Jacque's Mom
01-17-2008, 05:33 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you Janet. Take care, Lynn

01-17-2008, 05:38 PM

It's good seeing your name pop up again, but my oh my what a rough ride you've had. I hope things calm down for you. Sending healing thoughts your way. God bless.


01-19-2008, 02:35 AM
Hi Janet,

We never know what's going to happen, and you had a rough time. I hope the worst is past for you and that you have a much smoother recovery from here on in.

It's great that you are actually on the computer, that's a wonderful sign that things are looking up. It took me months before I could get back on here.

You've survived the battle, you are a strong person, I have faith that you will realise just how strong you are!

You will be in my thoughts and prayers,

01-21-2008, 12:45 PM
Janet, my heart dropped right into my stomach reading your post! I am SO sorry for all you had to go through, and I absolutely canNOT imagine not having had morphine those first few days after surgery. And that was just the beginning for you. I wish you the very, very best in the coming weeks and months - things have to look up from here, don't they?