Had surgery on Monday. Took almost four hours, went home Tuesday at 11 a.m. Drive home hour and a half was ok, got gorked out on a lot of pain meds. Dilaudid made me virtually pain-free in the hospital.
@) At home, glad I have hospital bed, riser toilet and my husband who is helping me with everything. It hurts, but I have had worse backaches - honest to God. My abdominal incision hardly hurts at all, but my have given myself a hernia with rolling. Dr. told us my back was "trashed" and it was a good thing I had this done. Back is very swollen and using an iceing device they gave us to try to keep the swelling down. I can tell it is going to hurt for awhile. Odd thing is, that awful can't sleep backache pain is gone - just a different kind of pain now. Try not to be scared. Get a good surgeon and good support for postop. Thanks to Pika :X for reassuring me and getting me to plod forward. I am glad I did it and that it is over with. Dr. Peter Ullrich in Neenah WI is the shiznit - if you are close, get an opinion from this guy and his team. Will try to write more later. Just thought I would check in. I know I have a long road ahead of me, but I am glad that the worst part is over and I can now focus on healing and getting back out on the hiking trails.