[QUOTE=ibake&pray;4214497][COLOR="Navy"]I had a three level fusion that turned into a broken back that led to being fused from T9 to my sacrum. After I had the second surgery, my surgeon wanted me in inpatient rehab because I needed too much therapy to be at home. And I wasn't stable enough to be at home.
So off I went. Right here in northern VA there is no in patient therapy that you can stay at. So where you go is a "nusring home that does therapy." I was the youngest one there by -oh- 30 years. Everyone would be in bed by 8pm. I would be out in the halls roaming all by myself going "helloooo? anyone here?" It was just me and the staf-and the lady across the hall from me who beat on the wall with her artifical leg when she needed something.
I had therapy twice a day with a therapist. Then I would work on my own on the exercises during other times. My hubby was with me most of the time, so he was a good spotter for me. Up and down the halls...dodwn and up the halls...trying to regain strength in my left leg. ARGH....
I was in the home for a month...and I was ready to leave when my time was up.
We had had to fight to get the fourth week, but the head therapist wrote such a compelling letter that the insurance company let me stay that last week.
You asked about the pain. The staff will make sure that you have your meds before you do your workouts. I wasn't ever in alot of pain as they were good to dispense meds on time and would give me the breakthrough ones if I had need of them. It's better that you ar ewith trained staff that can push you the way needed than to be at home with only someone who stops in for an hour once or twice a week. That really slows down the process. I had that after I got home..and it doesn't begin to compare to inhouse care.
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Thanks IBAKE&PRAY -- your name sounds like something my wife would choose for a screenname.
I know from reading these boards that walking is very important because it promotes bone growth. Other than walking, what kind of therapy did you have? Specifically, can you describe the different things you had to do? And you said you had therapy twice a day -- how long were the sessions? My fear is that I'm not physically capable because of my MS. But I'm sure SpineAZ is right that my doctors want to make sure I'm stable and able to take care of myself before I go home. I have a wonderful wife of 20 years that will be by my side throughout this journey, but I don't want to be too dependent on her. I guess what I'm saying is that I'm all for the inpatient rehab but just have reservations about my abilities to do what I need to do to get what I need to get out of it. If that makes any kind of sense!