Hello my fellow spine friends....frist off, O:) I would like to let you ALL know how happy I am to have run across this site. It has been a great comfort as I approach my PLIF surgery on 9/16/08. :''(
My question is....having the PLIF....does having one level done, verse two or three levels make the recovery easier? Also, I have been trying to do the "log roll" practice,in bed and can't seem to get that down am scared to death I will do something wrong and undo what they have fixed! So many rules and guidelines to follow....how did you do it! Do you have to lay flat in bed? I know you have to put a pillow under your knees, but what about your upper body? I have always slept with two pillows under my head. Should I get a toilet set lift? Should I get the other little items that make recovery a little easier....or is it a waste of time and money? So, many things, and from so many of the post I've read the hospital/doctors kind of leave us hanging. What do you think....ball park ideal....if everything goes as planned how long will it take for me to be able to cook, do laundry, run the sweeper etc....I am worring myself half to death over these stupid little details! My husband is so busy (work) I hate like heck for him to have to do much more when he gets home. My parents are going to come home and stay the first week and a half....will that be enough time? Will I be able to stay home alone by that time? I just am tying to get all of the lose ends pulled together as much as I can before this surgery.....oh, my! How much will I be able to do in two weeks time? I know no laundry etc....but, what will I be able to do at that point....anything? :?? I know we are all different, and I'm sure the surgeons don't know till they get in there what they really have to do....detailed stuff that is....and I'm sure that makes a difference in the recovery.....I'm nervous can you tell?
I have posted before under a different topic, so if it seems like you know me from some place else on here....your right. Again, you spine and fusion buddies are the best! Thank You, Thank You, lmeston