My 16 year old daughter had her surgery on Friday, 7/12. It has been HORRIBLE. She has rods from T2 to L2. She is still in the hospital and in constant excruciating pain. They took her off the morphine drip today and she is taking percocet every 6 hours, morphine injected into her IV every 2 hours and Valium. She literally trembles and shakes all over with the pain and does nothing but cry. No position helps. The pain meds only take the edge off temporarily.....for like, an hour. We knew this was going to be bad but I honestly thought the pain would be more controlled, especially in the hospital.
The surgeon acts like this is all perfectly normal and said something about releasing her on Friday!!! She can't walk by herself, or go to the bathroom without help, or sit up in bed. How in the world will I even transport her home in our car?!! I am ashamed to say I did not prepare for this enough. What can I do to help her when we get home? What pain medications worked best for those that had the surgery? I need advice and reassurance that this does get better. My baby is in so much pain and I can't do anything to make it better, her father and I feel so completely helpless.
Thanks for reading.