L5 - S1 Fusion - The First Day
I am a 59 year old male. My surgery was 12-9-14. I arrived at the hospital at 5:45 AM for a scheduled 7:15 surgery. I was prepped and met with the Anesthesiologist who informed me that after I was asleep, I would be intubated and a urinary catheter would be placed. She told me that the tube in my throat would be removed before I was allowed to wake up. I met with the surgeon who told me the operation would take 5 - 6 hours. I was wheeled into the OR at 7:00.
Surgery lasted until 11:30, and I was in the recovery room until 2:00. I was given a PCA pump on my IV line, and handed a button to hold. I was told that when the button was pressed, I would be given a 1 Mg. dose of Morphine at a rate of no more than once every 6 minutes. I was encouraged to press the button as often as I could to keep the pain in check, that the pain was easier to prevent, than it was to control once it started.
I was pretty much out of it at first. It seemed like every time I would start to come around, the nurse would say push the button, push the button, push the button, to which I would answer, bwaaahgrrrhoooochiiimrooon! My wife taped it with her ipad and thought it was funny as hell!
At 4:00 PM, just 2 hours after returning to my room, the physical therapist came strolling in and thought it would be great fun if I got out of bed and did a little walking. I really didn’t want to, but somehow I managed to roll out of bed, and with the help of a walker, managed to walk about 50 yards!