Afternoon everyone! Just a brief recap, on the 10th I had a PLIF L5S1. Surgery was 12 hrs long and I required 6 units of whole blood and 4 of platelets. When I woke up in ICU, I don't think I have ever felt so bad. I tried to have myself prepared for this surgery, but I don' think there's a way one can actually be prepared for just how bad the pain was. Holy Crap! I stayed in the hosp for 8 days after a day and a half ICU. I was hooked up to a dilaudid pain pump for days and it made hallucinate like a bitch. Not only did I see stuff on the walls for days, but I heard music that wasn't there either.
On day 8, the NS took the stitches out and pronounced me good enough to go home. So here I am. Pain isn't really an issue. I have good meds, but I don't hurt bad enough to mess with them. The worst part is the boredom. I am supposed to spend the majority of my hours on the bed. I can be up a couple hours in the am and in the pm with my TLSO brace on. I feel so worthless just laying there on the bed. I just can't imagine lying in bed for another month or so, but I guess I'll have to!
All in all, pain not too bad, but my preparation wasn't enough.