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07-03-2008, 11:54 PM
Hello All,
I'm Ladare's husband Mike here to share with everyone the results of Lisa's Surgery today. I will do my best to provide daily updates until she is ready to respond personally.

It was a bit of a hectic start, but we made it to OHSU on time for Lisa’s back surgery. The pre-op paperwork, briefings, and first IV seemed to go like clockwork. The actual operation took five hours, but overall from start to finish (post recovery) it was 10 hours. The surgeon Dr. Yoo told me the surgery went very well with no complications. The only deviation to the procedure was a small de-rotation, but I’m not sure how much. Dr. Yoo also widened two nerve channels, one on each side, to relieve pressure on the nerve root. Lisa told me later that the Doctor’s may have her use a fabric back brace for a short time due to the length of the fusion and the possible interaction with a hyperactive German Shepherd :) . I guess we’ll see about that!

For Lisa, the worse part was the transfer from the operating room, to the room she is staying for the next four nights. They had to rotate her and transfer her from bed to gurney to bed. With each move her pain level jumped significantly, yet settled quickly. She’s hooked up to a pain medication regulator that meters a dose of morphine each time she presses a button.

Lisa didn’t have any nausea from the anesthesia. However after tasting some jell-o and taking a few sips from a strong cranberry drink, she did get a little nauseous. She probably wasn’t ready for Hospital food yet.

Tomorrow morning on July 4th, Lisa will have her first PT and get up and take a few steps. I think it will be fairly short and she will go back to resting.

Any responses you write will be printed out and given directly to Lisa as soon as possible. She would love to hear from you. She is also staying in room 10A462 at the main OHSU Hospital in Portland OR.

I’ll try to provide daily updates on Lisa’s progress. Thank you for all your prayers and support, it really means a lot to Lisa and me.

Lisa’s Hubby – Mike

07-04-2008, 12:27 AM
God bless you, Lisa. I am 2 months out and can't believe the changes already. It is so nice to look normal and to be just "sore" rather than in pain. We are rooting for you!

Thanks, Hubby, for the update :)

07-04-2008, 07:00 AM
Lisa!!! Congratulations on being "on the other side" now!!

Use that pain pump honey, it'll be your best friend for a few days...lol.

Enjoy light, happy tv shows while in the hospital.... I think laughing and even hearing the audience laughing is theraputic.

Get Mike to rub lotion on your legs and feet. Use your spirometer... It hurts at first, but you'll soon be able to do it like a pro & it really really helps!

Don't be surprised if the paintings in your room seem to become animated... it's the meds... I remember 'seeing' some of our goats from home climbing the trees in the paintings in my room...lol.

Rest and sleep allllllllllllll you want to... will probably be one of the rare times in your life that you will have everyone's permission to do so. ;)

Sending gentle hugs and prayers your way for a easy and speedy recovery!

07-04-2008, 07:01 AM
Mike-- thanks so much for the very informative update! We'll look forward to hearing all about how Lisa's doing from you, until she's able to take over again. You are so good for doing this! :)

Lisa-- it sounds like it went smoothly and you are now safely on the "other side" of the surgery! That is so exciting! Early recovery is hard work, but it does get better-- so keep that in mind. I am thinking you'll remember this 4th of July for a long time-- taking your first baby steps as the new, straighter and taller you. :cool:

You'll continue to be in my thoughts and prayers-- and Mike too, as this recovery stuff will be hard work for him as well. ;) Rest up and let the healing begin! Hugs (gentle ones), Susie

dolores a
07-04-2008, 07:56 AM
Hi Lisa,

It was very encouraging reading your husband's update on your surgery, you will be in my prayers to feel stronger and stronger every day!

loves to skate
07-04-2008, 08:31 AM
Hi Lisa,
I am so happy for you now that your surgery is over. The early recovery will be difficult, but I know you can do it, and it will be worth it all. You and Mike will be in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days. Love and gentle hugs.

07-04-2008, 09:51 AM
Lisa, get lots of rest and hang in there....it gets a lot better. Congratulations on your successful surgery.

07-05-2008, 09:23 AM
Hi Mike
Thanks so much for posting an update. Please give my best wishes to Lisa - I am so glad it all went well for you. Sending you positive healing vibes from the UK. Louisse