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mjyfgslmmjyfgsl Posts: 57
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
What do you do when you cannot leave the house ,cannot sit for more than 10 minutes and are bored out of your mind ?


  • Watch a lot of movies! Boredom is a big issue! I spent a lot of time on my laptop!

    And sometimes I think I just exsisted.

    Before this surgery, I was always on the go, didn't stop and rarely sat still.

    These past 13 weeks, I have had to learn how to be still!

    Good luck! Shari
  • Ah the infamous boredom.
    I got a laptop holder I could use lying down. PM me if you want the maker of it. From there, watched movies, read a lot of this site and a few of my other chat boards. I tried to read but the drugs make you sleepy.

    So I planned my day around drinking a lot of water through a straw so i'd have to get up to pee and then walk.

    once I got back the 2-3 week mark, i was still not allowed to drive and was to limit my time in the car so my husband would take me out every other day for a 'car ride' to get coffee 2 miles up the road. Pathetic but getting out was cool!

    Read, Crosswords, Word Search, Soduko (which I don't like), laptop to find stuff to purchase or read, movies....and a lot of sleep!

    You'll learn how to get past the boredom.
    It's definitely an adjustment.
  • I've found that because I don't sleep well at night, I tend to doze a lot during the day. Also, TV and movies and I move from couch to chair to walk around the house to bed to floor and back. I wish this speedy recovery was much more speedy as I have a hard time with this recovery process.

    Keep your chin up & Good luck! One day at a time!
  • Hi, I am 2 1/2 weeks post-op PILF L4/L with decompression and laminectomy. I understand boredom. I've been trying to train my "westie" to roll over and other fun tricks. I've also called upon my friends to come over. I try to parcel them out one every other day for an hour or so. I'm in your same situation. Can only sit for 10-20 mins., lie down (usually fall asleep in 10 mins.) or walk around. I'm still having a nurse pop by every other day for wound care, PT guys once a week for 1/2 hour and home health aide twice a week to help with household stuff. If you find a really good use of time for boredom, let me know. Too bad we don't live close by to each other. ~X( I live 25 mins west of NYC. Where do you live?
    Best, mel v.
  • Netflix saved my life when I was recovering! I spent a lot of time in the recliner catching up on all those movies & series I wanted to watch when I didn't have time. Good luck!
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    With our tons of cable channels I had my schedule of what I liked each day, made each day go fast. Luckily I love TV and all kinds of channels.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I too am a very active person, and even though I haven't been able to work for 6 months, I still get up every 20 minutes to break the boredom. At least when I have my fusion on the 29th, I can get some of these items to help pass the time.

  • We long to have more time, then when we have it, we get bored! :?

    I had so many plans of things I wanted to do, but when it came to it (in early days), I just couldn't do anything for very long.

    Now I watch films, read books, puzzles, friends round and am in the process of illustrating a book that I have written for my granddaughter.

    At the end of all this time, I want to be able to look at at least a few things that I managed to achieve.
  • 25 minutes east of NYC
  • I've been watching a lot of tv ,network and cable .I call friends and one has been visiting but its still so boring
  • My Nintendo DS was my lifesaver during the boring recovery process. Lots of different games to play and it kept my mind busy.

  • Here is a old article that was published on sh you may find useful. http://www.spine-health.com/blog/surgery/56-things-do-while-recovering-surgery

    Also you may find our chat some use talking with others whom are going through the same as yourself. Take care and hope your feeling better.
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