Had my two level fusion on November 3rd and today is the first day I am really feeling up to typing. And it still isn't perfect. Thought I would tell you about my experience.
Went in at 6:30am for 8:00am surgery and met with nurse, surgeon, PA, anesethologist (ugh spelling), and the neuro stimulator person who would be in the surgery. Her job was to see if I was having pain based on nerve spots to make sure we were getting right spaces. Went into surgery and next thing I knew I was up in recovery 5 hours later. Didn't take long to get to my room and don't remember much of the day. Was on morphine pump and didn't really deal with lots of pain...made it fine through the night. The next day once I was taken off the pump and sick of laying on my back was a different story. Surgeon had put me on 15 oxy every 6 hour and then ended up adding valium. On top of that I was on colace and antibiotics (vis iv). PT came the day after surgery and couldn't get me up. I ended up getting up later with help from the nurses to to to bathroom (not to say I went). In fact, I did not go for 4 days. I was supposed to leave hospital after 2 days but could not pass urine after they took our cath. So then ended up putting it back in. The took it off, still couldn't go and did a force cath (which means it does not stay in). Then finally on Saturday afternoon I went. :-)
Meanwhile, I had to get a suppository while in the hospital as well and it helped only a little. Two days ago I finally went after an enema. I am not doing much better on that front. AND yes, I was drinking prune juice, and lots of water (despite bathroom issue).
So got home on Sunday...OWWWW. My husband is controlling my meds like a nazi which I geuss is good. He is not holding off but is terrified I will take too much. We ended up seeing surgeon yesterday because we had to change bandage twice (due to blood) which was not expected. He looked at wound. Says it looks good. I can take off bandage altogether (which is nice and makes it much less itchy ...which was one of the worse parts). I am not walking except to get up to go to bathroom which doctor says is what he expects. I am seeing him on Thursday to get staples out and will probably get more direction on moving a bit.
I would say the worse part is sleeping since I am a side sleeper. I am on my recliner (which has been great)..along with the walker (NECESSARY...which husband borrowed from local church for free). I have found a way to sort of sleep on my side but it is not the best. Also I do wake up to take medicines (taking Neurontin before bed, anitbiotic twice a day, colace one a day, pain meds (oxy and valium) every 6 staggered.
Not quite bored yet. Doing a lot of QVC christmas shopping and catching up on all shows I have on DVR. Having trouble reading due to meds (today is first day I have been able to type and not doing that well either).
Trying to think of what else to tell you! Questions.