Re: Spinal Fusion
How I wish I could have had the wise words from Teteri66 prior to my fusion surgery! It is a big surgery and will take a bit of time to heal. I would recommend that you educate yourself about preparing your house prior to the surgery. The most difficult thing i experienced was being able to clean or wipe myself after using the bathroom. My daughter stocked the bathroom with wet wipes which helped a little, but it was just difficult and painful, as it is hard to do this and not twist or bend the spine. My husband made me a contraption that i was able to wrap the wet wipes around and use it as an aide. Sorry if this is too much info, but i wish someone had let me know ahead of time.
Stock your fridge and pantry with foods that will help your digestion process as pain medications really slow down your bowels. Listen to your body and try not to push it too hard or fast in the beginning. Your sleep will be very disrupted when you come home and I found taking naps every few hours really helped. Also walking, even short distances helps to keep your strength up and helps reduce some of the pain.
Keep a journal of how you feel, how far you were able to walk, and what you are able to do. Then you can look back and see your progress. Some days you feel like you are not getting better but when you compare how you are from when you came home from the hospital, you will see how far you have come. Patience will be your new best friend. I have also found having massages, when cleared by your surgeon have really made me feel better.
Best of luck to you!
27 surgeries, 4 spine, 4 foot, 3 knee, 3 abdominal, 2 hand, & various others. Fibro, accelerated degenerative disease, Hashi Thyroiditis, & arthritis.