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rich1752
12-16-2009, 12:17 PM
Well,, the first couple of days was rough. Blood loss and irregular heart rate. Doctor came into my room yesterday afternoon and said, "You can go home,if you feel up to it?" I jumped on it! The 3 hour ride, turned into 5 hours, because my wife driving slow and then having to stop to fill a prescription the doctor had given me. Got home last night!!! Feel much better!! The memory foam matress was great! They should have those in hospitals for spine patients. It was different being home, cause all the new movements, I must do now. This morning was hard!! I was so sore! I don't know if it was the car ride. I am still weak and sore!


My doctor just called and wants to see me in a week. That would mean a 5 hour drive there and then have my appointment and then 5 hour drive back. Don't know what I'll do then. My doctor knows best! Doctor Kropf from the spine institute in Santa Monica is the best.

Oh, Yeah! Son told me that one of his favorite musicians had scoliosis. Kurt Cobain from Nirvana. He said that Kurt started using illegal drugs because of the pain he had from scoliosis!

Everyday it gets easier!

Thanks everybody for your help and kind words!!

Rich

JDM555
12-16-2009, 12:57 PM
Good to hear you're back at home. How long was your stay in the hospital, I remember just like a couple of days ago you said you were going in for surgery. I'm guessing less than a week?
John

rich1752
12-16-2009, 01:57 PM
was there for 6 days, it went from being in there to 14 days to down to 6. The first four days were pretty bad. Had multiple complications. Irreguilar heartrate, water in my lungs, overswelled left leg, loss of blood, loss of zinc and multiple other stuff. Everyday, I kept asking myslef, "what's next?". Monday was my good day and the hospital doctor's said that I could go on Tuesday. I hate hospitals, so i took them up on their offer.

rich

JDM555
12-16-2009, 02:22 PM
was there for 6 days, it went from being in there to 14 days to down to 6. The first four days were pretty bad. Had multiple complications. Irreguilar heartrate, water in my lungs, overswelled left leg, loss of blood, loss of zinc and multiple other stuff. Everyday, I kept asking myslef, "what's next?". Monday was my good day and the hospital doctor's said that I could go on Tuesday. I hate hospitals, so i took them up on their offer.

rich

Wow you had all those complications and you were expected to stay in the hospital for 14 days and you managed to get out in 6? I hope I will get out in 5 or 6 days my self. It already sucks I'm going to spend new years in the hospital :(.

JenniferG
12-16-2009, 05:15 PM
Congrats Rich. You're doing so well. Easy does it now, little steps, slow and sure! Glad you're back in your own bed, it makes a big difference, in my experience. Those hospital beds leave a lot to be desired!

megz
12-16-2009, 05:20 PM
hey rich,

How was before your operation?! I am starting to get a little nervous now lol..I hate having surgery (as I'm sure most people do) but just being in the hospital creeps me out..They say I will be in for 10-14 days. OH I hope I am out before then..Where you in a lot of pain when you woke up from the anesthesia? I am going for one of my pre-op apts tomorrow..So it will def be here before I know it,

RitaR
12-16-2009, 06:09 PM
Well, I hate to hear of your immediate postop problems and I have to say I'd gladly take only 6 days in the hospital. I'm hoping I am that lucky! Sounds like you're doing just fine. Keep the encouraging posts coming for those of us still waiting!! Pain is getting pretty bad for me and hearing stories like this only makes it a little easier. Thanks and good luck to you. What degree was your curve, if you don't mind me asking?

rich1752
12-16-2009, 08:33 PM
megz, the post op experience was a blurr. I remember getting ready for surgery and in the pre-op room with about 8 others. They come in and start hooking you up with all these electrodes, so they can monitor your neurological stuff while they are operating on you. I then being wheeled into the operating room with a bunch of people in it. They are talking about their day. Then, I swear, in about 10 seconds, I was out. Next thing I remember is waking up in post op and hearing doctor's and nurses talking about you. They did intubate me, but I don't remember that, just the fact that I still can't talk real loud.

My curve was 52 degree lumbar curve.

rich

megz
12-16-2009, 11:17 PM
rich do you mean you were intubated during the surgery or after?? and if after for how long, that isc they scariest part for me!!

titaniumed
12-17-2009, 02:23 AM
Hi Rich

Great to be back home, isnt it? My main complaint was the hospital bed! I should have had somebody bring foam down to the hospital for me.

They probably want you back to pull the staples out....Were you done on Dec 9th?
Ed

rich1752
12-17-2009, 03:19 AM
Yes, I was done on Decembr 9th and have to return next Tuesday, which i believe is the 22nd.

rich

huskymom
12-17-2009, 03:25 AM
Hi Rich, Congrats to you!!! Please keep posting about your recovery @ home. My surgery is February 17 and I love hearing others stories. I am going to be fused from C5 or C6 to L1 or L2 so pretty much my whole spine.
But again, CONGRATS on getting home. I am sure it feels so good to sleep in your own bed again! :)
Take Care,
Mel

rich1752
12-17-2009, 03:40 AM
mel, it does feel good sleeping in my own bed,, or should I saw try to sleep in my own bed. The bed more comfortable then the hospital bed, but the presssure I put on my back while sleeping, hurts me a lot. Percocet, only allows me to sleep about 1 hour or two, then I awake with back pain from my incision site.

rich

jrnyc
12-17-2009, 04:38 AM
Hey Rich
congratulations..14 days down to 6...boy, you REALLY hate hospitals!!

it is all healing now...the worst is over..some of those complications sound kinda scary..thank goodness for the drugs..help you forget!!

rest, feel better day by day..thoughts & prayers for a return to health, with a new & improved you!

jess

Shari
12-17-2009, 10:58 AM
Hi Rich,

Congratulations on your leap to the other side with us post-oppies.

I am amazed that you are home so soon, especially with the complications. You must be one tough dude:D. So glad to see you doing so well, and your postings will help a lot of others here!!!

Merry Christmas,
Shari

pilar
12-17-2009, 04:17 PM
I am curious to know about Dr. Anand. Did you go to see him before your surgery? What did he say? Why did you decide to do it with another doctor?

rich1752
12-17-2009, 04:31 PM
Pilar, My insurance wouldn't cover Dr. Anand. I don't have any regrets with Doctor Kropf. Everytime a hospital doctor would come into my room while in the hospital and I told him that Dr. Kropf did my surgery, they all said that he is an excellent doctor. Cedars Sinai is an excellent hospital. Everybody gets their own private room, which is a necessity after a surgery like this! It's hard to sleep at night, so you constantly get out of bed to relieve pressure off your back. Dr. Kropf did go in laparoscopaly, so small incisions in the front.

rich

dolores a
12-17-2009, 04:43 PM
Hi Rich, I am in awe of how fast you are coming along, you don't sound any different now than you did before your surgery -- you must have a very strong constitution. Anyway, take it easy for now and get plenty of rest, but do walk as much as you can, it really does help!

jrnyc
12-17-2009, 06:06 PM
wow, rich..was it all done laproscopically? if so, how could dr anand possibly do better?

jess

rich1752
12-17-2009, 06:11 PM
Thanks Dolores, but I didn't feel this way on Saturday. I'm starting to get spasms on my back, but I think it's normal. Another side effect is how cold I get. I was always hot before, but now seem get cold at night before going to bed.

rich

txmarinemom
12-17-2009, 06:52 PM
mel, it does feel good sleeping in my own bed,, or should I saw try to sleep in my own bed. The bed more comfortable then the hospital bed, but the presssure I put on my back while sleeping, hurts me a lot. Percocet, only allows me to sleep about 1 hour or two, then I awake with back pain from my incision site.

rich

And that in itself is a bit odd, because most people have NO pain at the incision. I know I woke up the first few weeks (okay ... months) feeling like angry elves (with pointy shoes) kicked me in the ribs while I slept, but that's it.

Is someone monitoring it at home for you?

Regards,
Pam

txmarinemom
12-17-2009, 06:55 PM
wow, rich..was it all done laproscopically? if so, how could dr anand possibly do better?

jess

Jess,

They did the anterior release via laparoscope, I believe ...

Pam

txmarinemom
12-17-2009, 07:01 PM
I'm starting to get spasms on my back, but I think it's normal. Another side effect is how cold I get. I was always hot before, but now seem get cold at night before going to bed.

LOL ... sorry for burning up the lines here with 3 in a row ...

Rich:

Yes, spasms are pretty normal. Valium handled mine.

Temperature sensitivity - sometimes to the opposite extreme, but frequently, a towards cold - is also common. My surgery was in early February (not quite so bad in Texas as some of you have it, but still ;-), and I think I kept my electric blanket plugged in until May - LOL!

It'll pass.

Regards,
Pam

rich1752
12-17-2009, 07:04 PM
Pam , my pain is from the incision site on my back only. When I lay down to sleep, it feels like the hardware (guessing here) is putting pressure. I'm scared to move around while I sleep, because I don't have the brace on and don't want to mess anything up. At this time, I am good for about one good hour of sleep after taking my pills (percocet, every 4 hours and Ocycotin 2 times a day). I then get up in order to relieve pressure from my back. Maybe, I'm imagining the hardware, but it feels like my hardware.. Maybe i'm going crazy..

Rich

txmarinemom
12-17-2009, 07:13 PM
Pam , my pain is from the incision site on my back only. When I lay down to sleep, it feels like the hardware (guessing here) is putting pressure. I'm scared to move around while I sleep, because I don't have the brace on and don't want to mess anything up. At this time, I am good for about one good hour of sleep after taking my pills (percocet, every 4 hours and Ocycotin 2 times a day). I then get up in order to relieve pressure from my back. Maybe, I'm imagining the hardware, but it feels like my hardware.. Maybe i'm going crazy..

I understood what you were saying, Rich ... it just doesn't sound familiar. It's probably nothing, but you may want to ask your surgeon about it.

You say you "don't have the brace on": Are you supposed to be in a brace?

rich1752
12-17-2009, 10:59 PM
Pam, you are correct about not wearin the brace whil sleeping. Am I supposed to wear it while sleeping? The physical therapy person at the hospital told me that I don't have to wear it while sleeping, just everywhere else and for the next 4 months. Is this usual?

rich

Shari
12-17-2009, 11:59 PM
Hi Rich,

If I may chime in here? I was told the same as you, wear it while up, not necessary to sleep in it if I didn't want to. The first couple of days I didn't wear it at home while in bed. I was heavily medicated but I was still afraid of moving and doing damage. I assume it was in my head. But I ended up sleeping in my brace for the first couple of months, and I slept better with the meds and peace of mind that I wasn't going to ruin anything.

I'm sure it was in my head, but I slept, which is a very important part of healing.

Just my opinion,
You are doing great,
Shari

sheri66
12-18-2009, 04:26 PM
Hi Rich,
This is my first post.So glad to hear your home and your surgery went well.I had my surgery in Aug. fused T-10 to Pelvis Dr.Pashman.I live in Bakersfield so a week after surgery I was able to go to my reg.doctor here to check dressing.Maybe you can save a 3 hr. drive.Also I am still in my brace but I do not wear it to bed.
Sheri