Had my ALIF a week ago today (L5-S1 with PEEK cage, BMP and no instrumentation).
Home from the hospital on day 6. I don't have much communication with my OS, so I'm a bit unsure as to how things should be going and what I should be doing. So far, I am in bed (I rented a hospital bed) most of the day, getting up to use the bathroom and walk the hallway a few times......and to shower. That about does it for me. I feel 'guilty' for being in bed so much, but is this normal? I know about no BLT, but how much 'rest' is normal? Also, I tried sitting up for dinner last night, but it was too painful, so I just eat in my bed with it at about a 45 degree angle.
Last night was my first night without a sleeping pill since surgery and I didn't sleep at all. I've also had some nausea last night and this morning. I think I'm doing quite well, but I'm don't really have anything to compare it to. For pain, I take 30mg morphine every 4.5 hours (it was every 3 hours at first). Need to take a few ES Tylenol as well.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions as to what I could/should be doing, I'd appreciate it.