Well "D" day is quickly approaching.....I have such mixed feelings.
My pre-op was on Friday. I was a bit surprised to find out I had a low grade temp. The nurse also stated my resting heart rate was high~115. Since my fusion, my heart rate has been high. Most of the time it is asymptomatic. Very rarely, I feel like my heart is racing, but it doesn't last more than a night.
I hope that these findings doen't effect my surgery. I also had a EKG, so hopefully that comes out normal. Other than my spine, I am very healthy, with a low BMI, so hopefully all is OK. Despite my low grade temp on Fri., I also got my flu shot as the flu is already making its way around here.
Since the myleogram, I have had a new onset of pain in the S1 distribution area, especially my calf and bum. When I mentioned this to my surgeon right after my myleogram, he told me that typically pain that is generated from the test settles down. It has been almost a month.
My fear is that this is my 5th lumbar surgery. I worry that if I have new issues with L5-S1 and it isn't recognized, surgery #6 could be on the looming....
I know I am probably just scared. I feel like I am doing this surgery on my own. I even wrote down on the hospital paperwork that I would have someone with me during my recovery at home.....not so much. My soon to be ex-husband isn't much support at all....
Sorry to have a bit of a pitty party! Thanks for being there my spiney friends!!
Wishing you all the best!