Hello all. I'm John Davis from Virginia.
Pardon me for reposting much of my introduction, but I am hoping to receive responses in this forum.
I had a severe rock climbing accident many years ago which fractured my back (incomplete) and broke my pelvis. After pelvic reconstruction I was paralyzed from the waist down and told that I probably would never walk again but I slowly regained basic mobility. I was left with a lot of pelvic trauma, trauma in my lower spine, and a lot of implanted surgical metal. With age, problems have arisen which are due to the old accident and spinal-related. I now am bowel and bladder incontinent, wearing diapers 24/7.
With doctors' approval, I take preventive enemas every morning so that I then can go about a normal day and get on with my life without fear of being publicly humiliated by a bowel accident.
My current worry is how to handle my enemas, diapers, and the recovery from a L3/L4/L5 fusion next month. I have a good surgeon and I am more concerned about the recovery period.
I will have a visiting nurse to help with my enemas for an unknown number of days after the surgery. As I am unsure how well I will be able to tolerate the enemas and pain post-surgery I surely will have to deal with messy (poopy) diapers.
My big concern is when I am on my own after the nurse no longer is available. Self-diapering requires a certain amount of twisting and reaching (these are taped adult diapers, not pull-ups, as pullups do not work well for bowel incontinence). Removing a messy diaper and cleaning oneself afterward will be even more difficult. Does anyone on this forum have some experience in this regard or can offer advice?
How long can I expect it to be until I can bend at the waist or twist to one side? Am I being overly anxious about this?
From my experience in recovery many years ago, I have purchased a reach extender (grabber), a bottom buddy for toilet functions, a dressing tool, and a sponge on a wand. Am I forgetting anything?
I am retired military. From my training I try to plan, prepare, rehearse, and execute. You will laugh, but I actually am practicing removing messy diapers without bending or twisting and getting them into a disposal bag that I can lift with the hook of my dressing tool. Then re-diapering without bending over. It is not as easy as it sounds.
Sorry for the TMI, but I hope to hear some suggestions.
Post edited. Duplicate posting is a forum violation.
Please follow this threadhttp://www.spine-health.com/forum/newbies-welcome/new-member-introductions/intro-and-worried-about-fusion-recovery-diapers