Good Morning Everyone,
Today I am one week post op from my ACDF C5-6. Everyday brings a new challenge. I am actually just starting to feel fatigue but that is probably my doing. Never really did relax and take it easy. I mean I was up and walking the halls less than a hour after my surgery. I was determined to get out of that hospital. Love my doctor but hate these hospitals around here.
My spasms are not improving but I know every morning I must get up, take a super hot shower and get dressed put on my best shoes. I am missing my nice dress shoes! I try to get a good walk in then I take a nap if my body will let me. I am not trying to come off my pain meds because I know I need them for other reasons (I was taking these meds for arthritis pain before this happened). Once these spasms back down I will try to back off more. I sit here and look at my house and think 'man so much time off and I can't do any of my home improvement duties!'
I am feeling more pain than before the surgery but I believe that is good news for me. I had numbness and no function of my left arm before, so pain means something is waking back up in there. I do have a very stiff neck and I try not to stretch too much due to I am afraid that my incision with break open, I had to take the steri strips off due to allergic reaction. But, the hives are now under control due to an consuming large amounts of antihistamine (you would think that would knock me out, no such luck).
One thing people must realize about me is that I am not new to surgery. I have had 6 different surgeries that left me with railroad tracks on my stomach. Each one I had between 48 to 65 staples. Now that is pain. Then I have had 3 others before this one that I was lucky enough to have with lap. NOW I LOOK LIKE A DRIVE BY SHOOTING VICTIM THAT LOST A KNIFE FIGHT. This surgery was lucky number 10.
Well, I will let everyone go now. I am very bored and lonely. My husband and I don't have kids after 17 years of marriage because of my cancer, so when I sit here and talk to my dogs they just stare. I really wished one would answer me but then I know I would probably have a long vacation in a mental hospital.
Take care everyone...