I thought that I had posted yesterday but it appears that something happened to it. I went in on Wednesday for a two level minimially invasivie L4-S1. I was originally scheuled for 7:30am, but the night before they moved me to 10am. I got there and after they hooked up the iv, etc they moved me to the closer pre-op area. There my PA and another tech used sandpaper on my skin on my legs and attached probes to test my nerves during the surgery. They also gave me a sedative, but it really didn't help me very much. Around 11 they moved me to the operating room and then a little later I was in recovery. The surgery lasted 3.5 hours.
They moved me to my room around 6pm since they were waiting for one. I do have to say that I had a hard time with pain control while I was there. They didn't give me a PCA pump. Instead they injected dilaudid and gave me some other things orally. On Thursday the nursing staff was so bad. When I told her my pain was a 10 she said that I was taking enough and would just have to deal with it. ~X( I asked her to call my surgeon and she refused to do so. So, I finally got on the phone to them myself and they added some Vicatin to the mixwhich helped some. The PT and OT staff in the hospital was really good and I really liked getting up and walking. Of course, later in the day I was trying to transfer back to the bed and I couldn't remember exactlt how to do it. So, instead of explaining it to me the nurse just whiped my legs on the bed which sent me in excruciating pain. Later that day she was late getting my meds because, "she was on her periods and had to change her pants." Lets just say by the end of the day she had my mother crying because of my treatment.
I was then supposed to leave on Friday, but since I had such a bad pain day on Thurdsday, I asked to stay an extra day and I had a mush better nurse.
Eventually I was released Saturday afternoon. The surgery did go well. A week from now I have to go back to the office to have the stiches taken out.
I would right more, but right now I am so tired, that I think it is time for a nap. Hope all is well.