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  • Come to think of it, I had a mirror in the hospital as well! Wasn't up to any TV watching though.

    I did get a magnet buddy as a gift while I was there - a little plush animal with magnetic hands and feet. He worked so great to hold my nurse call button (a critically essential item) onto the bedrail - that button box slid under my bed so many times! And I was NOT about to go crawling down there to get it either!
  • thank for this important list that Amy (saltzworks)put togetehr, this information is now available for everyone via FAQ.
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  • I apologige if I didn't quite read it all. but qet satin fitted bottom sheets. They help so much in turning! I remember my first night home from rehab and ( Oh My God! ) how was I suppose to move, let alone roll over! ( I live lone) Well that bottom sheet made all the difference, along with a bed rail. Just have to be careful as, the sheet can be slippery getting out of bed. Don't bother with a top sheet, as all your linens wil be on the floor in the am! Try it==it really helps
  • My surgery date is coming up and I have to decide whether I want the interbody fusion or fusion with rods. I am afraid and not sure that the rods will find a home in my body. But I cannot take the pain anymore!!

    As for the list I copied it and am going to print it, use it!! I have had back surgery before but there are so many things I forgot! I liked the terry towel idea after the bath - what the simple things do to help us.

    Thanks for all who compiled and added to it!

    I wish I found this site sooner! to hear the real life stories instead of studies, surgeon's opinions of those without actual experience etc.
  • I personally would have liked to have been warned about all of the squatting and lunging that I would be doing. It's inevitable that you'll have to get down below waist level for some things and my legs hurt so bad from the squatting and lunging that I could barely walk a week after surgery. So, practice ahead of time if your legs are not already in great working order!
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  • Thank you for this great list. I have at least six months before surgery if that is what I decide so I have more than enough time to gather the items I need from this list.

  • Or... satin PJ's work as well as satin sheets - or so I found out anyway :)

    Angel - that kind of sucks -the lunging and squatting - I do remember having to do a lot of that.
  • Thanks for this great list - I am schedule for the PLIF and XLIF with decompression in 4 weeks. Scared silly!
    They will put the interbody cage with pedicle screws at L4-5.
    How long till I can be productive? I am 55 years young and otherwise healthy.
    Any encouragement here would be helpful!!
  • Just had L4-5 microdiscetomy on Monday and the list was invaluable. Covered everything and much more with one exception, if I may suggest. I may have missed this on the list but Earplugs for sleeping would have made a big difference. I shared a room and my roomate was either coughing or had his IV monitor alarm ringing all night, mine also rang occasionally. I certainly sympathize but could have used a handy pair of earplugs / cotton balls. To my surprise, the hospital didn't provide cotton balls as loose balls are not sterile, makes sense but didn't make me happy at 2am.
  • Earplugs!! Wow, not something I thought of - even if you are in a room by yourself - those nurses can be noisy. There are many employee discussions I overheard when I probably should have been sleeping!
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