Today is day 4
Surgery started at 8:00 am Thursday Morning and I was in there with 2 Doctors till noon. Spent almost 2 hours in recovery room and was pretty much awake by 2:30/.Doctors only orders were wear the brace when out of bed and get up and walk. I was out of bed and in a chair by 6 that night so they removed the catheter. Had to get up every 90 min os so to go to the bathroom, but hey, I was up and walking. Friday nursed had me up every 90 minutes and wanted me up for at least 90 minutes. The chairs in hospital rooms need to be adjustable because at 6'2, getting out of those chairs and the bed were the 2 hardest things. Friday, pain was between a 5 and 8 with pills only. Saturday I got to take a shower and the Doctor came in, looked at me and said I could go home. Got home at noon so from stapled to home in 48 hours. Pain has been between 3 and 7. Worst is if I over 5 hours on Oxy. It says every 4 but I can get to 5 hours ok. But if I start napping at 4 and 1/2, I need to take it then. Takes a while to get it back under control.
I have had an afternoon fever every day so Doctor has me watch it and take Tylenol if it is over 100f. It was that high both Saturday and Sunday.
I also had that monumental moment at midnight last night that every surgery patient dreads. Had taken plenty of softeners so yesterday took 2 laxatives without stimulates and they worked. So glad that is out of the way.
I know it is a long road but I feel like I can see light way down there somewhere.
2004 - 2005 - 3 surgeries in 18 months to fix/fuse C6-C7.
Nov 2013 - Laminectomy from L3 to S1
Nov 2014 - Micro Discectomy L4 L5.