I can't believe I'm actually sitting here posting this update!
I had surgery at 8.00am on Wednesday 14 July and they finished at 11.30am. I was up on the ward at 1pm and got up to use the commode (I felt a bit of an invalid, but refused a bedpan!!!) at 3pm.
I used a morphine hand-pump for the first day, which I could press at any time (and did!), but it was set so that I could not overdose. I had regular pain meds thereafter. I even had a shower unassisted on Thursday (though it was a walk-in shower, so was much easier to negotiate). If I lived nearer to the hospital, I could have gone home on Thursday - how quick would that have been! Instead, I left the hospital at 12noon on Friday and walked from the ward, down the lift, and out through the main doors to my hubby, waiting in the car. Admitedly, I was walking very tentertively. The physiotherapist had me walking up/down a flight of stairs the day after surgery (Thursday) and showed me some very basic exercises to do, then pronounced me fit for discharge.
I even phoned Tony (Straker) to let him know that I was in the land of the living and that I was doing well and felt really good considering.
The surgeon and his no. 2 came to visit me Wednesday evening and again on Thursday. I was even lead to another patient to tell him of my experience as he was considering similar surgery in the near future.
I cannot believe how well it's gone so far. It is sore, but it's more from the operation. When I travelled home, I was told to get out and walk after 20-30 minutes, but to be honest, with the pillows, cushions etc. it was quite comfortable and I held on to the grab handle for dear life as I didn't want to 'bend' with the car when it went round corners etc. I did not have to stop at all for the one and a half hours it took to get home. I was amazed by that.
I've been downstairs for my meals and have dealt with my own personal cares - apart from having a shower this morning, my hubby was there just to make sure I was OK getting in/out (as we have a shower over the bath and I thought it may have been problematic the first time). He has since put a suctioned handle there for me to use independently in future.
I am still taking regular meds given to me on discharge. A district nurse is coming tomorrow for a wound check and again on 28 July to remove the staples. The scar is no bigger than the ones I had for a discectomy (I've had 2 about 5 years ago) - and to top it all, the surgeon has even managed to line up my tattoo as best as he can (a tree which I had to cover the previous scars) - how good is that?
To be honest, the thing I notice the most is that on the journey home I did not have the back pain that I would have had from sitting in the car for so long. Neither do I get it when I'm here typing at the PC. I have an advantage I suppose that I can type pretty quickly - after 30 years experience as a PA/secretary - so when you see how much I've typed, please don't think I've been here an hour - it's only taken me 20 minutes, which isn't bad, sitting for that long after spine surgery.
I really hope, as the weeks unfold, that I can keep posting positive feedback about my surgery experience. I did notice pain in my left foot today, but to be fair, I haven't - how would you say, eer, 'been anywhere' for well over 5 days and have eaten for England, so that might have something to do with it. I'm taking meds for that as well, but nothing is helping at the moment - I'm sure I'll feel even more comfortable afterwards, ha! I jolly well hope so!
Just wanted to let you all know how things are going - and so far I'm delighted. I'll continue to do as I'm told as I don't want to jeopardise their good work. I start physio (at my local doctor's surgery) in two weeks and will have a telephone consultation in two weeks from the hospital as they don't want me to travel to Stockton on Tees so soon.
I'm going now, but if there are any mistakes in my typing, then I apologise, I'm not going to check it just now! If you've got any questions, please feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them.
I'm a very happy bunny (so far!!!).
Bye for now
2 x Microdiscectomy 2005 / PLIFusion 2-level 2010 / revision surgery 2011 / NEVRO Senza spinal cord stimulator implanted February 2013. I WILL NOT GIVE IN / UP !!