Ok, this is my first time to post after surgery. The surgery was last Thursday. It took almost 6 hours. It was a a level 2 L3-4-5 fusion. They used 6 screws and cages.24 staples. I don't know al the intricate words but I will know everything when I see the doctor next week. Recovery took a long time to get my pain level under control and there was a lot of bleeding during surgery. I was up in my room by 5. surgery started at 9.
1st night was rough, the spasms were killing me and I ended up going through the morphine pump and had to go 90 minutes without meds.
2nd day I was able to work on the log roll and did very well at that. I walked about 50 feet in the morning and the same again in the afternoon and the evening. They added valium to my meds to help control the spasms.
Saturday was the day from hell. I could get comfortable and it took 3 people to get me on my feet and I could only walk 10 feet.
Sunday I had my first bowel movement and made it to the bathroom for the first time since Friday. I walked steps!!! 4 up and 4 down. Its amazing what you can get excited about. They took me off the pain pump and started me on percocet.
Went home Monday afternoon. I am walking for 5 minutes every 2 hours around the house. It just feels good to be at home. Those hospital beds are not good for sleeping with a bad back. I have a walker that helps me get out of bed but
i walk on my own. I love the grabber and the belt around my chest helps alot.
On average I have a pain lever of 7 right now but it gets as low as 4 and my numbness in my legs is 90% gone. Staples will come out sometime early next week and I hope to be back at work by end of the month. Spasms happen about every hour or so and are very severe still but at least they are slowing down. Thanks for the words of encouragment. I will keep in touch.