I thought I was just getting back with my NS to talk about finally removing my hardware. I had to leave them a message. Next thing I know, I 'm getting a call -they've scheduled me for January 6th- if that works for me.
I know I need it out. I just didn't plan on it being done so quickly. I thought I had a few months to get it all set up. My NS has never been one to move quickly on anything.
Please - if you've had your hardware out already - please remind me how long your recovery took. I need your stories again!
I want to return to work in a week. I'm worried that I might be overly optimistic. I only have 43 hours of sick time. I can use some vacation if I get in a bind, but I'm so sick and tired of using vacation for surgeries!
Reasons I think I can return to work after a week off:
1- My NS uses absorbable stitches, so I won't have to worry about stitches or staples rubbing around on my work clothes. I also can shower with a plastic patch covering the site.
2- My back is fused already, so although I plan on practicing no BLT (bending lifting twisting) I still think I can work.
3- I also really hate taking pain medications, and I don't really need them terribly either, otherwise if I was still medicating, my return might be delayed - not being able to drive on meds and all that.
I've got to just take a deep breath - I know I need this. Almost daily my back catches on a screw and I have to stand absolutely still until it releases. Any muscle movement in my back at all seizes the whole thing up. It's getting harder and harder to work out - the benches, from workout benches to seated stationary bikes - they all rub on those screws and give me more muscles spasms. But it's an 8" incision. It's overnight in the hospital...
and... It's anesthesia again - on my last surgery they told me to consider myself allergic to it and to inform the dr.'s on all future surgeries.