I am five days post op TLIF L4/L5 at home since day 3. So far things have gone ok. Not near as badly as I was expecting! My three biggest concerns are things I hope someone has some answers to! I am also looking for support via this forum as recovery progresses. Have already found that even well intentions from family and friends are already waning thin. I'm really afraid of getting depressed during my long recovery at home alone my of the time. Hope it doesn't happen, but if it does recovery buddies would be nice.
My three areas of concern today are as follows. If anyone has pointers please let me hear them!
1. Super sensitive skin to begin with, but the bandages from hospital ripped my skin off leaving exposed raw places. My brace rubs it even worse. Doc said absolutely nothing can go near incision sites. I do wear a shirt between skin and brace! Any suggestions?
2. A little TMI coming.... Was told absolutely no bending or twisting; however, I'm finding it very difficult to clean after bowel movement without some bend. Any tricks?
3. Last thing: At night no matter how cold the house is I wake up multiple times drenched in sweat. No fevers. Have tried no covers, less clothes, lighter clothes, different sheets, etc. Any ideas?