After you come home from the hospital, after having a fusion, rod and screws and a cage, how long do you need someone to stay with you to help you to the bathroom, and to get you something to eat, and bathe?
I didn't need any help getting around or in and out of bed when I got home. My walker was the best thing around for about a week though. I also had a hospital bed set up in the house for comfort and convenience. Don't know how I would have managed without it.
Once you're home, you'll be inclined to want to get back to normal routines, and it will be your incentive for getting about on your own.
It's nice that hubby is taking a week off. If you're anything like me, by day 3 or 4 you're going to wish he would go back to work
Hi, yes I agree! It is a very individual thing! I hate to ask for help and it kills me to be helpless. But this time around I did let people help me. I had constant help for 2 weeks following my 2 level 360 fusion. You never know what can come up after your surgery. I had a bad reaction to coming of my daludin (sp?) and norco. I lost about 4 days the first week. So take all the help you can get in the begining! Hope all goes well! God Bless!
I'm recovering from a 2 level fusion done 4 weeks ago, and I honestly didn't need that much help. I made sure things were put where I could reach them (nothing down low where I would have to bend), and tried to keep things I needed close to my bed/chair (wherever I was) like pain pills, water, snacks, phone, etc. You should read the post-op tips that are at the top of the page-there are a lot of great suggestions there that will help you a lot. At first I did make sure there was someone home when I climbed stairs, because my legs were pretty weak at first. TxHunni is right about the walker, it was really helpful during the first week or two. I still have someone go with me when I go out for a walk, just in case. Good luck with your surgery!
It would be good to have someone with you if you can the first week. I had my mom,but I have 3 kids and one was a baby at the time of my 360 fusion..I didn't need help with myself other than it was nice not to have to get up everytime you need something. It never fails about the time you get comfy.. the phone or door rings, or you spill your drink or drop the remote. When is your surgery??? I have obviously been on too much Topamax and started having the memory loss side effect .
I agree w/the others it really depends on the individual ~ GREAT that your hubby will be able to stay w/you the 1st week. You should be "independent enough" after that time to manage pretty good on your on The important thing is NOT to overdo EVEN when you think you can...like I did