18 days ago I had my surgery, L3-5 removing the screws from my fusion, but placing a clamp as he found instability that hadn't been identified. In addition, I had a discectomy and decompression at L3-4 with 2 clips placed to maintain space.
My surgeon's goals are to walk one mile by day 10 and 2 miles by day 20....
In order to achieve this, this week I have been walking at least one mile at a time in the mornings as it is still really hot down here. My intention is to walk again in the evenings working up to 2 miles by Sun.
I have really been struggling with pain....it is just too much! At the same time, I am also trying to decrease my pain meds. Last week, I was taking 15 mg oxicodone every 4+ hours except at night I would go about 7-8 hours.
This week, I tried to go down to about 10 mg 3 times a day. But, with this decrease, I was miserable and in aweful pain. So yesterday and today, I have taken 15 mg in the morning before I walk and then just 10 mg 2 more times through the day/night.
In addition, I still have to do light house work, dishes, laundry, light meals etc.
I just feel like I should be further ahead....
I still haven't been released to drive, not until the 3 week mark. My surgeon also wanted there to be someone with me for 3 weeks, but it just hasn't been possible...
The steri strips still haven't come off my incision, but it feels like there are scabs and that the incision has a ridge-like seam rather than being flat. I have my follow up appointment next week!
Thanks for listening and taking the time to read this.....hoping everyone is able to find some joy in the day! Take care! Shari