I received a call from the hospital where I was going to have my surgery on March 30th asking if I could be there the next morning at 6am. I was quite shocked but said yes I would be there. My husband and I were up at 3am the following morn, March 31st. Left the house at 4am and made the 2 hr drive to the hospital. At 7:45am I was taken into the OR.
The surgeon and his staff did an ACDF C4/5 C5/6 on me. I woke about 3 1/2 hrs later with a collar on and a bandage on the front of my left hip. I needed to use the bathroom and the nurse was going to get me a chair but once I was standing on my feet I held my hubbies arm and he helped me to the washroom and then back. My nurse was a bit surprised but allowed me to walk about as much as I felt I could. I did use a walker for support for the first little while. I didn't rest very well in the hospital due to my room being right inside the IC unit and heard the doors open and close every time anyone entered or exited the unit. Which was almost every 3-5 min. At 4am I was up and washed had my vitals done and waited till 6:30am for the doctor to come and take out the drainage tube from the incision in my throat and sign my discharge papers. My instructions were to wear the collar for 6 wks, remove the bandages in 2 days and that I can shower, but not to scrub the areas where the incisions are. Make an appointment to have my family doctor remove the staples from my hip in 10 days and an appointment for a FU with the surgeon in 6 wks. At 7am my hubby arrived and I was dressed and waiting at the door to the ICU to go home.
Day 5 now since the surgery and I'm feeling good. I have a bit of a sore throat and my hip just feels like i got kicked. My surgeon made a point to explain that the pain I have had for yrs in my back will always be there and that the nerves may have been damaged to the point that my hands may never get better but that I will be thankful for having the operation in that I can walk and will not be in a wheelchair in a couple yrs. My hands still feel sensitive and numb but not as bad as they were. All in all I think I was anticipating to feel worse than I do which may have been a good thing as now I am more relaxed and feel less stress.
Now that the waiting game was over and the surgery done I was able to enjoy Easter with my family. I know I haven't posted much on here but I'm gratefull this forum is here to share our experiences with one another.
Happy belated Easter to everyone.
ADCF C4/5 C5/6