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LynnMarie74
03-09-2009, 12:57 PM
I dont know if I ever mentioned this in any of my posting before, but since Ive been back from the hospital, Ive been sleeping in a hospital style bed. Its in the living room & Im really ready to let it go as its the last thing around(other then some pill bottles) that remind me of the surgery...the icky parts of it anyway. Ive been favoring my right side as far as log rolling on & off the bed & now regret it as I cant quite figure out how to log roll to the left...as odd as that sounds...it just feels un-natural. Either way, Ive been feeling so good, had not had a hydrocodone in 2 days, weaning my self off of the muscle relaxers as well & been pretty muh my old self these last few days. So, I decided last night to sleep in my real bed, with my hubby. I always sleep w/the head part upward and also use a slight incline by my feet(hos. bed) so I was a bit worried about the straightness of my real bed. I started w/2 pillows, that didnt work. Then put one under my feet...that didnt do much. Needless to say, I didnt get much sleep...none actually. At 3am, I decided to try sleeping on my side, which used to be my very favorite postion pre op & something I dont find comfortable post op. But I just had to try something to get comfie. I fell asleep for about 40 mins and woke up w/a horrible pain on my left side(the side that NEVER hurts!) in my rib cage area. Kinda felt like someone stabbed me w/an ice pick! I paniced and then tried rolling back onto my back & got stuck!! I seriously couldnt get back on my back. So now my husband is up cuz Im crying & helps me up. I was SO angry! I ended up back on the darn hospital bed where I fell asleep w/in minutes. Im a little frustrated as I really want to get that thing out of my house! Is anyone else sleeping in this type of bed? If so, when did you wean yourself from it? Did you have issues moving to your regular bed?

Singer
03-09-2009, 01:54 PM
I slept in a hospital bed in rehab, but by the time I got home (about 3 weeks after surgery), I slept in my regular bed. Not WELL, mind you, but I was on a lot of oxycontin, so that knocked me out. I still can't sleep on my right side (anterior incision side), but I slept on my back pretty comfortably in a regular bed. I had pillows under my knees and pillows under my arms -- for some reason it felt good to have my arms elevated a little at the elbow.

Also, when I slept on my side, I needed to be sandwiched between pillows. I noticed that my shoulder hurt when I first started sleeping on my side, but that gradually went away in a couple of months.

One last thing: I couldn't stand having my husband in the bed with me for a long time...every time he moved or ...God forbid,...snored, I woke up and wanted to kill him. I slept a lot better alone. Thank goodness we fixed up the guest room before my surgery.

LynnMarie74
03-09-2009, 02:16 PM
Chris-thanks for the reply. I hear ya on the hubby moving around and the snoring. I think part of it is the fact that is he heavier than me and the mattress goes in torward him. And the snoring...ughh....as soon as his head hits the pillow-POOF...blissful sleep comes his way along w/the loud roaring of a chain saw!! lol I would kill to be able to fall asleep that quickly! Maybe I will try the pillow ideas tonight. :)

titaniumed
03-09-2009, 02:41 PM
Lynn

It takes a while to get the sleeping thing down. Its a science actually, where everything has to be just right to get minimal sleep which is so valuable.

I'm surprised you are sleeping on a hospital bed. I found them so uncomfortable! There have been posts here on using foam toppers. I found it absolutely necessary and still do to this day. 2-3 inches thick latex foam, the pricy stuff, helps considerably! Loads of soft goose down pillows help.

Sleeping with somebody after these surgeries is complicated. You need that sleep, and any disturbance ruins it.

We sure do know what the meaning of the word "uncomfortable" is. Actually, the bed companies should use us to do the testing, and supply the beds for free!

Sleeping does get better as you heal. You are getting past the toughest part, pretty soon here you will improve and your sleep time will increase, and when you get to the point where you can sleep 7-8 hours, you will want to sleep all the time!

I have a medium tempurpedic with 2 inches of latex foam on top and that works well. The bed needs to be FLAT! with no sagging. Not a hammock LOL
Ed

debbei
03-09-2009, 03:15 PM
Lynn,

I came home straight to my regular bed, with my husband on the floor on an air mattress for about a month. (Side note--I'm ready to throw him out of bed again for snoring, but that's another story. :) )

I'm just about 5 months post op. Prior to surgey, I loved sleeping on my side; but after surgery it just wasn't comfy. I'd try it for a short while and it just didn't FEEL RIGHT. However, for the last month or maybe a little longer, side sleeping is now as comfy as it used to be!!! I think it's just that I needed to heal longer for it to feel right.

If you still need the hospital bed, use it! It's better than having a grumpy (due to lack of sleep) and in pain you!!

((Hugs))

titaniumed
03-09-2009, 03:36 PM
Wow Debbe,

Husbund on the floor! Thats Great! LMAO

Ed

debbei
03-09-2009, 04:27 PM
Wow Debbe,

Husbund on the floor! Thats Great! LMAO

Ed

I'm happy to amuse you Ed! Feeling any better today? I hope so. :)

LynnMarie74
03-09-2009, 05:12 PM
Thanks everyone! lol And for the laughs too! I think Im going to shop for the mattress topper soon!Maybe pick up some more pillows. Im going to try my bed again tonite, and see what happens.

Ed- the hospital bed is actually pretty comfortable...well, maybe I just think its comfortable as my new body doesnt know the difference! :) Not only does it remind me of the surgery but it sure is an eye sore in my living room!! UGH!

debbei
03-09-2009, 05:23 PM
Lynn,

I forgot to add that I use a mattress topper too. Mine is a Sealy 3" and I got it at Overstock for a pretty good price. I LOVE it.

Another thing--I used extra pillows under my knees and/or behind my back (if laying on my side) for a few months. The few months I have given up extra pillows. I just don't feel like I need them now.

theizzard
03-09-2009, 07:20 PM
Hi Lynn,
I am home a week and have a hospital bed in my living room. I sleep like a log in it, which surprises the hell out of me because I can feel every spring that's in the thing and it's really difficult to move around on it. Last night, like you, I decided to sleep upstairs in my real bed, which is a tempurapedic that we bought before my 3 level fusion 4 years ago. My husband could get up and do a jig and I don't feel anything that he does. The hardest part of the real bed is the lack of rails which make getting in and out much easier but I did manage. I want to get rid of it but husband suggested we keep it a while longer so i probably will. The cats adjust to whatever bed I chose to sleep in and show up wherever I am. I imagine the drugs I am on help me sleep wherever I am.
avis

LynnMarie74
03-09-2009, 07:49 PM
Hi Lynn,
I am home a week and have a hospital bed in my living room. I sleep like a log in it, which surprises the hell out of me because I can feel every spring that's in the thing and it's really difficult to move around on it. Last night, like you, I decided to sleep upstairs in my real bed, which is a tempurapedic that we bought before my 3 level fusion 4 years ago. My husband could get up and do a jig and I don't feel anything that he does. The hardest part of the real bed is the lack of rails which make getting in and out much easier but I did manage. I want to get rid of it but husband suggested we keep it a while longer so i probably will. The cats adjust to whatever bed I chose to sleep in and show up wherever I am. I imagine the drugs I am on help me sleep wherever I am.
avis

Hey Avis! Its so very nice to hear from you! You must be feeling a little better if your online....or like you said before--the drugs! :)

I have a cat and a dog. Ashley(cat) has been around awhile and moved into our basement when we got our dog Morgan in April of last year. They dont get along! Either way, our bedroom is downstairs(12 steps) and that is one of the reasons I chose the hospital bed upstairs. When we had my cousin watch Morgan for us for those 5 weeks, Ashley decided to come back up stairs & would always make her way on to me while I was asleep. Now that we have the dog back, she is no where to be seen!

I guess it was my fault for not just using the normal bed right out of the gate, but the thought of walking down those stairs right away scared me a little. The bed you and your husband have sounds nice. I really do think its more difficult to for me to get comfortable w/him there with me. If I had a few xtra bucks (a few thousands Id assume) Id get me one of those magic beds like yours! :) Til then, I will keep trying other things...eventually somethings gotta give! :rolleyes:

theizzard
03-09-2009, 08:49 PM
Lynn, I must be in a real haze to have forgotten to mention the real reason for the hospital bed, which is that our bedroom is on the 3rd floor, which means 2 full sets of steps to get to the bed. Right now I am in the living room trying to decide if I have it in me to do the steps to get upstairs to the bedroom or if I will go to sleep on the springy hospital bed. it seems to be just a spring filled boxspring without any real mattress. the springs on the mattress align themselves with the rods and the other hardware in my spine. always a good feeling.
avis

LynnMarie74
03-10-2009, 07:21 AM
LOL Its funny that you say that...about the crappy matress w/the springs and what not. About week 2....when the pain was in full force...I said to my husband "either Im nuts or something is poking into my back, right in the middle where the hardware is" I also said it felt like I was sleeping on a rod that was inside the matress! Well, it ended up being both...I was noticing the present from Dr Tribus, the gift that keeps on giving(aka-rods and screws) and I had just enough feeling in my back to also notice that I was positioned perfectly w/the matress springs & other thingys that are in there! So the rod I was sleeping on was the rod in my back and the lovely hardware in the matress......and despite this, to this day, I insist I sleep there!

always smilin'
03-10-2009, 10:38 PM
I am laughing as I read everyone's accounts (husbands on the floor, hardware meeting springs, etc) but you guys are also scaring the bajeebies out of me. I forgot that sleeping wasn't fun from my first surgery. To this day I can only side sleep (cannot back or tummy sleep). So what will happen once my side is cut open too? I may need to just learn to sleep standing up. Maybe I should invent the standing only bed that fits in the corner of a room - out of kids and animals ways:) hmmmm...could be a money maker.

Sorry - I just need to laugh as I'm a total bundle of nerves these days! Lynn, I sure hope you figure out the sleeping thing - it's still pretty new. By the way - did you ever figure out your tummy issues? This post surgery stuff stinks doesn't it....but only SHORT TERM - I hope!

Keep smilin:) and don't give up!
Always Smilin'

asccbodypro
03-11-2009, 07:41 AM
Poor husbands, not only do they have to put up with all we go through now they are being thrown out of bed and sleeping on air matresses lol. God bless them. I am planning on coming home from the hospital and getting in my own bed.....probably not going to feel that great but hopefully will be as comfy as one can be when a rod has been jammed up your spine! I do think I will follow Ed's advise and try a memory foam topper. Can't wait until next year and this is all over with and I've been cleared to do what I want...to bad there wasn't a fast forward button! :D

debbei
03-11-2009, 08:00 AM
Yes that was my poor husband sleeping on the floor. Seriously though, there was no way I could have him on the bed. He's a flip-flopper when he sleeps, and early on that would have killed me. Heck, when I first came home, I used to tell people that they were 'walking too hard' in the house because the (slight) vibrations made my back hurt. Oh and then there were bumps on car rides--ick. It amazes me how much better I am now. None of that bothers me whatsoever. Well, except for the snoring :D

LynnMarie74
03-11-2009, 09:59 AM
Lynn, I sure hope you figure out the sleeping thing - it's still pretty new. By the way - did you ever figure out your tummy issues? This post surgery stuff stinks doesn't it....but only SHORT TERM - I hope! Keep smilin:) and don't give up!
Always Smilin'

:) The standing up bed....brilliant! lol Id give it a try! It could be inthe corner like you said, but on a little slant...for comfort of course! lol

The stomach issues....oh yea...I think I may have forgotten to add that into my post op apt thread. The mystery has been solved! It was/is a combo of a few things. The 1st being the fact that I didnt have as much natural lordosis before the surgery & when he corrected my spine, he was able to give me a fair amount. He said its about 3/4's of an inch more inward(torward stomach/muscles) than before & this alone will be pushing things outward...hense the reason why my stomach was hard & protruding. 2nd thing was that he said I was still slightly bloated from the surgery & perhaps still a bit swollen. So, that all made sense to me at that point. Ive been practicing sucking in my stomach each day & I now notice that I can get it in almost as far as I once used to, which is good. Also, the bloating...I feel has gone down quite a bit too. Im able to get on my low rise jeans and ALMOST button them! Before there was a 21/2 inch gap between the button & the button hole! I know they still wont ever fit the same as they now sit on my hips as they were intended, but at least I know my bloating is calming down. So, needless to say, jeans and work pants shopping is on my agenda very soon!:)

asccbodypro
03-11-2009, 02:09 PM
A stand up bed....now there is a something to think about lol! That just cracks me up:D

LynnMarie74
03-11-2009, 03:38 PM
...Well...I did it! I drove myself & my 4 yr old to Kolhs & bought a 4 inch matress topper....50% off and then another 15% off....so I will use it tonite & let you know how it works! I didnt think I would be able to get the little one in & out of his car seat but, I found a way! I was so excieted!! I guess Im good to go now....I can walk 60+ mins a day(at a faster speed every few days) I can drive my car, get my kid in & out of the car & tonite....maybe even sleep in my real bed!! Yahhoooooo!!! Almost just like my old self...but lots straighter, taller & braver than before! ;)

Again, for those who are curious about the topper, I will post tomorrow to let you know the details on my nites sleep! Wish me luck!

debbei
03-11-2009, 03:41 PM
Lynn,

the toppers are kind of smelly for a few days. We got ours last summer and the first 2 nights I couldn't sleep in the room.

LynnMarie74
03-11-2009, 04:24 PM
Smelly eh? Maybe I will hang it up outside or douse it w/body spray 1st! :)

always smilin'
03-11-2009, 10:34 PM
I'll make sure my stand up bed comes odor free:) You guys give me great ideas!

Lynn- I'm glad you're progressing well. I hate the idea of getting natural lordosis - my tummy protrudes enough as it is. I was going to ask Dr. Tribus if he could lypo a little out of my tummy and buttocks since he'll already be cutting there:) Think he'll go for it - a rod and a tuck for the price of 1!

I hope I'm not offending anyone with my TOTAL jokes - it's just my way of coping out of stress. It drives my dad absolutely crazy! But if I can't laugh - I'll end up crying and that's no fun!

Hope you have sweet dreams tonite Lynn.
Always SMilin':)

LynnMarie74
03-12-2009, 07:23 AM
Hey....if you cant have a sense of humor, we'd all be cryin' most of the time! And besides....people w/out Scoliosis & fusions wouldnt understand the humor anyway! We gotta stick together! :)

Ok- its 7:17am CST on Thursday. Ive been up since 5:55. My husbands alarm woke me up then 2 seconds later my lower back made sure I was going to stay awake. I did make it through the whole nite in my real bed w/the topper & it was nice to sleep on. I also got to snooze for a little bit on my right side. I was to afraid of falling of the bed tho, so that didnt last long--BUT it felt nice. Overall...I guess I was hoping it would have relieved some of my lower back pressure though. 98% of the time I am sleeping on my back & Im sure after awhile, keeping all the pressure there, is going to make the hardware cranky!! Im always complaining I know...I want the cake & to be able to eat it too...Im so selfish! :D Either way, I did sleep the whole nite there, with the hubby, so it did feel good. Im going to try again today, to make sure it wasnt a fluke! If it happens again, tomorrow that nasty hospital bed is history folks!!!! :D

LynnMarie74
03-12-2009, 07:27 AM
I'll make sure my stand up bed comes odor free:) You guys give me great ideas!

Lynn- I'm glad you're progressing well. I hate the idea of getting natural lordosis - my tummy protrudes enough as it is. I was going to ask Dr. Tribus if he could lypo a little out of my tummy and buttocks since he'll already be cutting there:) Think he'll go for it - a rod and a tuck for the price of 1!

I hope I'm not offending anyone with my TOTAL jokes - it's just my way of coping out of stress. It drives my dad absolutely crazy! But if I can't laugh - I'll end up crying and that's no fun!

Hope you have sweet dreams tonite Lynn.
Always SMilin':)

Funny that you mention the lipo! I said some of the same thing to my hubby right before they took me in. I was wondering if they would be able to grab some of my stomach fat and redeposit it into my butt & then, do a little tummy tuck after! Sounded like an excellent idea to me..but to my dismay..I still have the tummy fat & a flat booty! LOL :D I tried!

theizzard
03-12-2009, 10:01 AM
Debbie you reminded me that when we got the tempurapedic it had a real chemical kind of smell and we thought we would never be able to sleep because of it. I can't remember how long it lasted but obviously it wasn't that long or bad because I have had the bed for 4 years and didn't even remember that it smelled until I saw your email.
avis

debbei
03-12-2009, 10:22 AM
Debbie you reminded me that when we got the tempurapedic it had a real chemical kind of smell and we thought we would never be able to sleep because of it. I can't remember how long it lasted but obviously it wasn't that long or bad because I have had the bed for 4 years and didn't even remember that it smelled until I saw your email.
avis

Hi Avis,

yes, it was a strong chemical smell, and lasted 2 or 3 days. That first day was absolutely the worst.

Lynn,

Did your topper have that smell? Mine was a Serta, I don't know if that makes a difference.

LynnMarie74
03-12-2009, 09:19 PM
I didnt notice but Paul is the one who took it out of the box and set everything up. If it did smell, it didnt come thru the sheets. I shall consider myself lucky!

always smilin'
03-12-2009, 10:20 PM
Lynn-
I'm glad that you finally got to sleep in your own bed:) You really have made a considerable amount of gains in a short time. I'm impressed. Reading about people like you give me hope for my recovery. Driving, taking care of your kids, sleeping in your own bed:) ALL HUGE!
Sweet dreams!

theizzard
03-13-2009, 05:42 AM
i realized that you are 2 months from your surgery and I am only 3+ weeks, but I can't imagine driving to a store and then functioning and doing something after. It's fantastic that you are doing so well and gives me some kind of guide for my self although I know better than to measure my recovery against someone else's recovery. Enjoy your topper and send that hospital bed back to where it came from.

avis

LynnMarie74
03-13-2009, 12:26 PM
Always smilin'--thanks for the kinds words! I do feel Im doing quite well...and honestly, it took me by suprise. It all kind of happened fast. One day I said, OK, enough feeling sad & sorry for myself, lets do this!! One by one, I tried new things! I dont regret the surgery at all! :) And I had an ok night last nite. I did get up a few times to re adjust, but all in all, I think Im ditchin' the hospital bed today!

Avis! Thanks to you as well! Youre 3 weeks...I bet by the 4th or 5th week, you will be feeling great too! Fingers crossed! I was so happy I was able to drive & get Zack in & out of his car seat! I also went clothes shopping that day too & bought some stuff I would have NEVER even thought of wearing pre op, due to my being twisted & uneven. I really feel like my old self again & Im just so happy!! The only thing Im not looking forward to is my return to work on April 8th! UGH! I hope you continue to recover nicely! Keep us all posted & have yourself a great weekend!

Louisse
03-14-2009, 05:42 AM
Hi Lynn

Just wanted to say I don't think you are doing quite well - I think you are doing AMAZING - driving and ferrying kids around it some mean feat! and some retail therapy too - doesn't that always feel good - go girl!

Great news too about getting back in your own bed (I have a sprung mattress with built in memory foam bit at the top which is only about a year old which incidentally did smell rather odd when first opened) which has been really comfy ever since I came out of hospital (although I did consider getting a hospital bed before my op but decided to wait and see).

Good luck for going back to work too - I am only just returning at the beginning of April - on a reduced timetable - for a few hours a day which will still give me time to rest and take things easy during the day (which I still find I have to lie down for a bit to get through the day).

I hope the rest of your recovery continues smoothly - you have been a very interesting poster - which I am sure gives so much help to people reading this site - I'm just a little guilty of not posting as much of my experiences as maybe I should.
All the best for a great weekend
Louisse
Ps I'm off to a friends 40th party tonight - might even have a dance!!