Went into the hospital on the 4th for my procedure. Went under around 8am and finally came through around 3 in the afternoon. Felt like crap and was kind of wishing I had not gone through. But as the Doctor said the first 3 post op days would be the worst. Well they were honest and that is esactly what happened. My Doctor sadi everything went great and he had no complications. I was up adn walking on Thur and felt beat up, Friday was about the same. But by Saturday night I was walking without my walker and had my drain line removed and was feeling human again. Sunday the Doctor came into see me and noticed I was nto using the walker. I was dischardged on Monday and have been making great advances since. A few thing to note.
1. I had 2 years of preparation spiritual, mentally, and physically. I did not write a lot on the web site but I read tons. When the PT and OT came in I had seen or read everything they had to say from either here or my physiotherapist. I also never stopped my daily routine, I split wood, walked, swam, and hunted as much as I could while controlling the pain. This had a lot to do with why I beieleve I am having a greta recovery so far.
2. I practiced the log roll and prepped my house like this web site has said. The list of things to have is great. All rugs and items were purchased before surgery so it wasnt a shock.
3. I shopped for a doctor. Ater I fould out what I had, I researched and wrote a 2 page list of questions. Could I do some of the follwing in the future: ride a horse, run, hike, hunt, etc. Each list will be different dpepnding on the person and thier life style
4. Kept seeing ym physio therapust right up to the day I before surgery. I was loosened up and preppared for surgery. I saw my physio 14 times in 4 weeks.
5. I tried to stay away from the pain drugs for the month prior to surgery. I have a relatively high pain threshold and a 30 pill perc of percocet lasted me 3 months or so.
6. Have the care of loving people in your life and let them know you need help. The biggest by far thing that helped is my wife. She is an RN and stayed with me day and night at the hospital. So I got the attention I needed from her. Being in the hospital sucks and it can be ackward. But asking her to adjust my blankets or clothes, or help me was easier than asking a stranger. I know they will help but each of us knows you do NOT know what kind of RN or CNA you might get from day to day.
Thank you to everyone for all the stories and suggestions in the site. They helped me prepare for this procedure. Matter of fact the Ocupatinal and Physical therapist, Doctors, and Nurses were suprised of the knowledge I had about my procedure. The videos on the site are excellent.