Hi everyone! Someone suggested to me when I posted (on another thread) about my upcoming surgery that I start a thread for everyone having surgery in August-so...here it is!
Feel free to post the date & type of surgery you're having & whatever details you feel comfortable with sharing. If you've already had the same surgery, or similar, that you see one of us on this forum is having, we would love to hear your experiences as well!
My surgery is scheduled for Aug 11th & as of now will be a TLIF L3-S1; however there are some potential issues that the OrthoSurg says may have to be repaired also once in there (ie: I have an extra lumbar vertebra that for whatever reason is cloudy on MRI's so he wants to look at that, plus he may be able to do just a discectomy on some of the levels and only fuse L4-5-which would be a bonus for me, LOL!) I live in Florida so one thing I'm not looking forward to is having to wear that 'turtle shell' brace in the heat of summer, but at least I have central air so I'm sure I'll manage. Like anyone else having major surgery, I'm scared out of my mind, but I've already discussed pre-sedation for my anxiety issues with the surgeon & he said he'll make sure anesthesiology visits me early with "some good stuff" to settle me down before that dreaded stroll to the OR. Funny...I've had so many abdominal surgeries that I barely bat an eye at those anymore, but this one is different & I have had nightmares about it ever since we scheduled the date! I guess because now it's finally "real". At least I (think) I have Soc Sec & SSI straightened out so I will have the $ to pay the bills while I'm laid up, and my 17yr old son can help me with most things (my parents are also only 1/4 mile away & I'm sure will be helping a lot as well). I am the type A personality that never asks for help so I'll have to get over that, but otherwise I just hope the pain isn't too unbearable post-op, and that the 'horror stories' I keep hearing don't happen to me ("don't let anyone operate or you'll spend the rest of your life crying, laying around & getting drunk like I have for 20 yrs"...that was the latest one-heard it tonight at the corner store...YIKES!). Of course, those of you with anxiety disorders like I have also know that your mind plays tricks on you & of course you 'imagine' all the bad things that are gonna happen so you, in a sense, freak yourself out. One of my biggest fears is being one of those people that wakes up during surgery but is paralyzed so can't tell the Surgeon that I'm really not "out"! I know that's silly, especially being a (former) medical professional, but it's still a fear!
Anyway-that's my scoop...I will update as often as I can-hopefully from the hospital with my phone (my surgery is on a Wed & they said the earliest I would go home would be Fri but to plan on staying the weekend just in case. At least I don't have to go to a rehab facility b/c I have my son at home to help...*whew* I don't do well at other places (the anxiety thing...I have issues being around people, especially in big places and the hospital I'll be at isn't small! Largo, FL). Although if I still had little ones at home I might opt for a few extra days of "peace", haha!
I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer so I figure if we post our surgery dates on here, we've got all of these wonderful friends here to pray for us & our Surgeons & that's bound to help in our recovery! (At least that's MY belief...we all have our own & feel free to post yours if it's different!)
So...when is your August surgery scheduled for, and what procedure are you having? Let us know!