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Old 02-23-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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I'm booked for surgery/fusion

Welp it's official, In 2 weeks it's my fusion. I did force myself to go out to dinner with my SO as my goal months ago when I could not walk at all was that when I could bear to do it I'd goto a certain restaurant for a pig out dinner that I love so we did that this past weekend. I paid for it in pain towards the end of it and all night to the next days but it was worth it was my goal for months that I have been unable to do so that lifted my spirits alittle. Its embarassing to be so slow in public and gimping but, I said screw it and did it. Only a few lookers lol.

I really liked seeing a few good new fusion recoveries posted that made me feel alot better too to tell ya the truth. My moms coming to pull up my area rugs lol one is all kinked, and I made the kids rearranged my kitchen cabinets already, I just need one more pair of satin sheets and I guess I'm ready for my new parial titanium bionic back.

Lets hope my kids don't try to see if magnets will now stick to me when it's done. (they threatened already).

My SO is questinging if I'm going to need spongebaths, I just said yes. hahaha what the heck

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Old 02-23-2009, 03:05 PM   #2
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Re: I'm booked for surgery/fusion

Hey I just found out today that I will be having a fusion in a month. I know it is a scary operation, but, like you, I am in agony and it really cannot get much worse. It's funny you mention going out to dinner. We are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate that I finally have an end in sight. I know it will hurt like heck, but we haven't gone anywhere in so long because of my pain level. We were going to try and go out on Valentines day, but instead ended up in the ER So tonight is the night.
My surgeon explained everything to me and my husband today, and he is making it sound like I will do just great. He said I can do stairs, carefully, right away. He thinks I will be off the pain meds by 4 weeks post op. I asked about tools to have around the house, and he said the physical therapist at the hospital will help me with that, but given my age (27) and health, he really thinks I will be fine. He did mention the possible complications and possibilities of needing more surgeries, but thinks there is such a tiny chance of that with my situation.
I am the most excited to get pregnant with baby number 2! And I had been so worried about being able to work in my gardens this summer, but now I think I will be able too!
What type of fusion will you be having? I will be having L5 and S1 fused with screws, rods, and bone. He is using some bone that I have such hanging in my back (it is broken off my spine). I will be having an incision in both the front and back, and he said the operation will last 3 hours, with a 3 day hospital stay. He made the operation sound so much less scary than what I had imagined!

 
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Old 02-23-2009, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re: I'm booked for surgery/fusion

Thats great that you're going out. It's so wearing on the mind to stay home I can't take it as it is. Read that sticky post on post op around the house its got great ideas.
I had a microdiscectomy 4 months ago, one of 2 levels reherniated largely, so now I am getting a L4-5 fusion with rods screws and my own bone from my back (the little tip doohickey) lol no I dont remember what it's called. I had been told by others cadaver bone isn't the best to use, and I just want my own stuff in there anyways. I was told 2-4 days in hospital, and an hr and a half surgery itself, just through the back.

I did pay dearly for going out but it was great, and just a breath of fresh air, let alone seeing faces you dont know as I've only been seeing my kids, SO and my mom besides my dr and the peeps in the ER the times I've had to go in the past 6 months. It made me feel better just to get out, I can't drive and am so limited, and can't go for a 'walk' let alone a gimp for more than 10 minutes (as long as Ive done nothing days prior to stir things up worse). I'm not thrilled with all the screws and plates, but I certainly am not getting operated on a third time so this is it for me. I don't have it in me let alone so restricted with 2 surgeries so close together it's too much emotionally for me to cope w.

Not that pains a better option, but. I'm already sick of TV movies and video games, magazines and texting. I just want my life back! If I can I'll do a post when I'm home after the surgery since I'm going in before you are and I'll update you.

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Old 02-23-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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Re: I'm booked for surgery/fusion

I so hear you on the cabin fever issue. I never leave my house much anymore because of the price I pay for it later. We did go out to dinner tonight. It was so great but boy am I in pain now. I did too much today in general. I did 3 loads of laundry, I went to the surgeon, and we went out to dinner. That is so pathetic that that is too much for my disabled 27 year old body!
I did pig out at dinner though so it was worth it! I have pretty much lost my appetite completely from the pain, and I have lost some weight. I am already skinny to begin with so that is not good. But the food was so delicious that I was able to eat A LOT! LOL!
I will look forward to hearing about your progress after your fusion. I am filled with so many emotions about it, from incredible fear to relief that in a few months I might have my life back. I don't even remember what it was like to feel good. The only surgeries I have had are a vaginal hematoma repair after the birth of my daughter, and my wisdom teeth, so nothing in comparison to this.
We want another baby, and had it not been for this I would hopefully have been pregnant by now, so that is something to look forward too. I will however wait at least a good 6 months before getting myself pregnant so I can feel good for a little while first! I got horrible horrible morning, noon, and night sickness for the first 4 months of my first pregnancy, and I fully expect that to happen again!
Keep me posted!

 
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