I'm 9 weeks out now, and I'm doing pretty dang good. I still have pain, it's not the same pain as before and definitely not as bad, but I do medicate because I can, and because it helps keep me down (quiet). We went to the casino on Friday afternoon for a few hours, and I left because I was up $$, I think I could have stayed another hour, but I'm glad hubby listens when I say "times up" and takes me home from where-ever I am.
Frustration at still needing to be still is difficult to handle mentally. Mother nature is cooperating with me, we have only had one day over 60 this spring so far, including snow this morning. I want to garden so bad, just rake last years leaves out of the gardens, but I don't. What I do is go out on windy days and kick the leaves up in the air so they blow into the neighbors yard!
Don't get me wrong, my body knows it is still recovering, and screams at me to go lay down if I've been up too long. I do normal daily chores, things that I can do without bending. I have a gripper to help me reach things that I drop and things that are below squatting level. I can do laundry, but I won't carry a basket, just a few things at a time to the laundry room until I have a load. I do dishes, mostly hand washing as I can only reach the top rack of the dishwasher to load and unload.
I was going to start going for walks, and did actually walk almost a mile the other day when it was in the 50's. But I'm not going anywhere when it is still in the 30's and windy. Yuck. I did have to lay down for a while after the walk the other day. as I said, my body tells me when I've had enough.
Tomorrow I am seeing the surgeon for my six week check, which is really my 9 week check. As far as I know I get an xray tomorrow to see what the bone growth progress is, and I believe he's going to start weaning me off the back brace if I remember correctly from my 2 week check.
Things I really miss doing: picking up my 11 month old grandson, close up photography (no bending!) and from what I read, I guess golf is pretty much out of the question in 2011 for me. Ah well, it sure feels good not to have the agony of sciatica any more.
I have been woefully negligent with this forum. It was unintentional, yet intentional. I have been having... a normal time with this I suppose, it hasn't been a walk in the park, and it has definately been one of the hardest and worst experiences of my life, but in all honesty I am not as bad off as I imagined looking six weeks from surgery. (I guess it has been six and a half now, but I won't count the week until it is full when it comes to recovery milestones and measurement... If I compare my situation day to day I found it ridiculously depressing and unhelpful. I mean I realize that I have to notice any bad changes and I do, but I don't look for progress daily because i don't find it and then I am upset) Anyways... I suppose I meant that I found it hard to read improvment stories. And I found it hard to accept all the great and well meaning and so appreciated advice... I should mention that if it hadn't of been for the advice i probably wouldn't be as ambivalent as I am (ambivalence beats negative depressive thoughts, so that is good! I can't thank these people enough!
So back to the purpose of this reply... I am six weeks along and I, like you, am both content and frustrated. I find that it is the small things that are really bothering me. I still need to use a stupid sock puteroner, I haven't been able to shave my legs, despite some well meaning advice involving duct tape, a long rod and my razor, and the pain... Gosh! I got an infection in the incision and the incision keeps reopening to let out stitches thta were supposed to dissolve but my body is rejecting so I still have openings along the incision, anyways... All these post-op problems have brought back all my swelling and pain... My left leg is hurting so bad. I have nerve pain down to my toe, and the surgeon says it is fine. I had no feeling along the nerve pathway before the surgery so the fact that I can feel it again is supposd to be good, but it feels so bad.
Overall I think I am feeling better. I watn to stop taking meds, but because of the infection and such I am still in too much pain. I am very glad to hear taht you are doing well! I keep hoping that it will all just disappear, but I don't know if it is supposed to happen that way.
with all this extra time however, I have definetly re-discovered some old passions. I have been journaling! (Something I had gotten away from, falling exhausted to bed each day, now I spend so much time in here that I need mroe things to do!) I think it has saved my sanity! Not to mention my boyfriends sanity not having to hear me lament. Maybe this won;'t be all that bad when I am not in pain and still just waiting for strength in the fusion? Does that happen?? I don't go see the surgeon again until the middle of May, here's hoping for some nerve relief and spine strengthening before then!!
It must be exciting to get the brace removed! I was never given any supports or braces, and I think I might overdo it sometimes not having the physical restriction.
I guess I have rambled enough. Please feel free to write back I would love to hear from youa gain. And I am sincerely apoligetic that I have been so absent... I was trapped in my pain and will try not to be that way anymore.
Best & Hugs,
Sarah, the nerve pain you are feeling could be your nerve reawakening after being compressed prior to surgery. Luckily I don't have that... however, that is what I was going through prior to surgery. When do you see your doc for your six week check up?
I have seen him twice since the surgery already the last time was around the 22 of March, he doesn't want to see me again until the 18 of May. Unless I have more problems. He seems happy with my recovery, I just wish I could be as happy with this damn nerve pain. I know it is reawakening after being compressed for so long, but it still hurts and I want it to stop. Just another thing I am waiting for I guess! :P
How are you today??
I'm ok. I'm going for my 6 week check today, which includes xrays. (I'm at 9 weeks tomorrow) The pain is controllable with the meds I have. 5mg oxycodone every 4-6 hours. I probably take it twice a day with 2 tylenol. My tailbone hurts, and I'm not sure why, but the longer I sit the more it hurts. It probably has to do with the pathways.
I feel very vulnerable without the brace. I don't sleep with it, but usually have it on whenever I am out of bed. Lately I've been taking it off every now and then when I am just sitting on the chair. Did a neurosurgeon do your surgery?
today it is gray, cold and windy in Wisconsin, and I'm going back to bed. hopefully i heal more when I'm sleeping!