Hi. This is my first post, though I've read bits and pieces here the last few weeks.
My mom had L4-L5-S1 fused Friday (spondy). She went home Monday night. My sister, an occupational therapist, has taken a week off work to care for her but I went over Mon. night to do the "night shift" so my sister could get a decent night's sleep. It was a stressful night--mom's pain was a 10 at times. She has percocet (1-2 every 4 hours) and flexiril (3X daily). The percs were only lasting 2.5 hours or so. I just talked to my sister and she said last night was the same story. I've got the night shift again tonight and I'm stressed about it. Part of the problem is my mom is a nurse so she gets pretty bossy about when she can have her meds, even though she is so loopy from the drugs that she is often mistaken. Thank goodness my sister and I will stand up to her, but I'm worried about what will happen when my sister leaves and my dad becomes primary caregiver this weekend. (I've got 4 kids, otherwise I'd be over there more.) I don't think he realizes what he is in for in the middle of the night. And the sleepless nights will take a big toll on the caregiver too.
We have a call into the dr. to see if we can get something for her breakthrough pain. Apparently the nurse said, "Well, it is a painful surgery. Moving around will help a lot." Frankly, this makes me mad. I think my mom has a pretty high tolerance and I know she wouldn't throw around 10 as a pain level unless it was really true. And sure, she knew recovery would be painful but I don't think that means having a 10 for pain every 2.5 hours. Am I wrong here? I suppose I'm just venting, but I'd be curious to know if any of you were given more pain meds that what she has. Also if anyone has any tips for other things we could be doing, I'd welcome them. Overall I think she's doing well--moving a good deal, sitting, etc. and during the day the pain seems manageable, but the nights are bad.
Thanks for listening.