I just thought I'd share a few things since this is 1 week since my surgery and on my 3rd day home.
I'm doing well I guess. It's sooooo easy to over-do it. I saw that posted often before my surgery but didn't realize how true it could be. The first couple days after my surgery I had some awful secondary pain but was very pleased about how it was going in general. Then right along with them deciding it was time for the morphine pump to go, I think I over did things just a little bit but with rough consequences. All I did was take one of my trips down the hall and back just a tad bit too fast because I was feeling so good. From that point on I started having spasms up one side that took me way backwards. I was no longer able to stand so easy and could only walk as far as the door to my room. I'm just now progressing out of that.
Today is my 3rd day home and I can honestly say the 2nd day in a row that I feel progressively better. Another thing that is evidence of how easy it is to mess things up occurred on my 1st night home. I was determined to sit in my recliner in the front room so I could be around my wife and kids. The furniture in the front room was just too damn low for me! I would not accept it so I aggrivated the spasms and my hip on the same side trying to get out of my recliner.
So, for the last 2 days I've staid in bed and it has made all the difference in the world. My bed sits way high and is real easy to get in and out of. Dad is supposed to make a frame for me that will raise the recliner up a few inches but I think by the time I get it I may not need it. I still have a sharp pain in my hip that worries me a bit. Just hoping they didn't do something to me that wasn't already wrong....We'll see.
I wanted to mention 1 other thing. I have over 30 staples and an incision that is about 12" long. He was supposed to be working on L3-S1 and I don't think I ever heard anybody say anything about an incision longer than 6". Can't wait to get back in there next week and find out what that's about. I'm also anxious to find out about all he welting I have on my forehead and across my stomache / pubic area. That is the secondary pain I was talking about earlier. I'm sure it's just from a rough 7 hour long surgery but you would think they could pad things enough to keep that from happening. It was kind of like the movie "major payne" where he breaks peoples fingers so they wont have pain in other places! lol
I guess that's it for now from me. Everyone take care and God bless.