Hi, I am now almost 4 weeks since surgery. I know that my surgeon and surgery was great. But I am really suffering.
My stay in the hospital was for 7 days. Then I went to my parents for about a week and then I went home. I'm still recuperating and the surgery is accurately known for its hard recovery!
The surgery itself brought many surprises:
* The surgeon didn't just fuse L5-S1 level. He fused L4-L5 and L5-S1 because L4-L5 was very loose and it had pars fractures (so I ended up with 6 screws instead of 4 screws).
* I woke with the most awful muscle pain on my chest and thighs (the thigh pain is still intense) due to the Jackson operating table that they need to use for this type of surgery.
* I got a terrible allergic reaction to the anesthesia and to the topical glue used to cover the incision so my whole torso (front and back) and misc body parts became full of welts and turned into an angry scarlet color, partly from the scratching as well. It took 5 days of scratching and complaining for the residents/doc to call a dermotologist to look at it and give me a strong cream to knock down the swelling and itchiness.
* I had a temp of 101.3 one day so they wanted me to take a chest xray, do a blood culture and urine culture - but no one could get my blood then. About 6 people came and each one pricked a minimum of 2 times. The next morning my hand, arm and inside of the elbow on both arms were practically all black and blue!!!
Since I've been released, I've been back to do the doc in agony because the hospital released me on less meds than the hospital was giving me. The doc took xrays, did a liver profile (since I was still itching), and increased my meds back to the hospital schedule.
I started to feel better with the pain for the past few weeks when some urinary issues started up. I took an MRI and it shows that it's probably not related to the surgery, but only time will tell. Meanwhile it's been just one long nightmare. But with patience hopefully it will all work out and I'll live to tell the story to my grandchildren!
Meanwhile my kids want to know why I'm so cranky and I'm not 'all better' yet.
How's all by you?