Well, here we are at 11 days post-op and I think I'm starting to see some glimmers of hope. I've been good about getting up and showering and taking short walks down the street mostly every day since I've been home. Yesterday I decided to venture out with my husband and kids. We were out of the house for a good 3 hours or so. It was probably a bit much for my first time really out, and I was really feeling terrible by the time I got home, but I was so proud of myself for having done it. We took the kids to splash/play at a local fountain, got some ice cream, and got my daughter's hair cut. My best friend came along with her son, so she was able to help with the kids as well. I had my walker in hand, and I was able to sit in the shade for most of the time.
I was debating on whether I should go or not, but I've been struggling with quite a bit of depression since coming home from the hospital, and I believe a lot of it has to do with not being able to care for my family as I was able to before. I know that in the end, this will hopefully help to improve my quality of life, but for now it's really been taking a toll on me. My kids were at my parents' house all day on Friday while I was at home, and I spent most of the day sleeping. When I would wake up, I'd start crying for no apparent reason. Once my husband brought the kids home after work, all of a sudden my mood completely changed, and I felt so relieved to have my family with me.
Today will be a fairly relaxing day. I'm in a lot of pain today and have already taken two doses of Motrin, which is more than I really should have taken. But I simply cannot take the narcotics.
Since stopping all of the narcotics and the steroids, I've been taking 800 mg of Motrin every eight hours, as prescribed by my doctor. However, there have been times that it seems to wear off before the eight hours and I've taken an extra dose. They said it was fine to resume anti-inflammatories after 6 days, and I'm well beyond that point. They called in the higher prescription of Motrin for me, so they are fine with me taking it. The Motrin has definitely been helping to keep my pain pretty well managed, but I have to take it at exactly 8 hours or sometimes a little before. The biggest issue with the Motrin is that it is killing my stomach. I take it with a full glass of water or milk and food, but I'm still finding my stomach isn't liking it. However, it's managing the pain quite well, so I feel as if I'm caught between a rock and a hard spot. For now the back pain/incisional pain is the worse of the two evils, so I'll continue taking the Motrin. I'm hoping that in the coming days, I can start to taper off of the Motrin as my back continues to heal.
So, that's my 11 day post-op update. Yesterday was the most positive I've felt since the surgery, and getting out of the house and spending the day with my family really was the key. I'll continue to pace myself, but ideally I'd like to continue to increase my activity little by little.