ALIF (L4-L5-S1) & Decompression
Day 1: 2 Feb 16
0600 - Showtime
0800 - Scheduled Surgery Time
0915 - Wheeled to the OR
-Delayed ~60 minutes as some of the instruments weren't processed, so they had to take care of that.
0955 - I'm told this is when the surgery started. The last thing I remember was them saying they were starting the anesthesia.
1330 - I'm told this is when the surgery ended and I was wheeled to the PACU
1415 - I think this is when I woke up in the PACU. I felt great! The leg pain and back pain is mostly gone. I haven't felt this good in over 5 years! I have a PCA for the surgical pain, which is the greatest machine ever. The nurses in the PACU were wonderful too.
1500 - My room is ready. The orthopedic floor at [EDIT] was recently renovated and everyone gets a private room! I have great view of the Chugach Mountains, but the best view was my beautiful bride of 19+ years sitting there waiting on me. Again, the nurses are great up here too. Vitals every 15 mins for the first hour, then every 30 mins for hours after that. IV antibiotics to prevent infection.
Most of the pain seems to be surgery-related. I'm still feeling some pain down my buttocks then going down my leg, but it's interment and I'm guessing it may be from a nerve that may irritated during surgery.
Moving around in bed, even a little to make adjustments or to allow the nurses to listen to my lungs from the back - that was actually excruciating. Also, I have a spirometer for breathing exercises, compression devices from my feet to the top of my legs and I have to move my feet around as much as possible.
Started out on a clear liquid diet. I was told that as soon as I passed gas I could move off that diet. Who knew farting could be so important?!
2125 - I reached the next milestone and was rewarded with ice cream and a Coke!
I'm told tomorrow that I'll will get to try getting up and walking. With two assistants, some sort of strap and a walker.
I'll try to put together another update tomorrow. I'm in good spirits and stoked about felling better - it's great!!!