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Old 02-10-2007, 08:07 AM   #1
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Not So Hot Today

Feeling not so hot today -- back muscles below shoulder level all cramped up. Probably due to being up all day yesterday. Throat still sore and tender. Wife said anesthesiologist saw some bleeding (nothing major) after intubating me, and I have some small amounts of blood when clearing throat -- though only after I first wake up. Anybody else experience this? I use CPAP for my sleep apnea, so could be drying out the mucous membranes. I'll check it out with an ENT if it doesn't improve.

As others have posted, it will be ups and downs for awhile, but I can at least shower and move around pretty well, so I am lucky there. I need to pace myself a little better, methinks! ;-)

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Old 02-10-2007, 08:33 AM   #2
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Re: Not So Hot Today

Dear Jeff

At this of the stage you shouldn't be up all day!! even now almost three weeks after I have to lay down once or twice a day, even for 15 minutes because I'll get that spasming (is that a word LOL) when I am up to long.. good news is I am in the soft collar now.. and it doesn't make a difference in spasms,,, the only thing that will relieve it (except meds) is letting those muscles relax by laying down... good luck with bleeding... I didn't have that but I sure did have a sore throat!! bdancer

 
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:59 AM   #3
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Re: Not So Hot Today

Oh boy, Jeff... I can see already, you are going to be one of those over-doers!!! (I am one, also.). I am already starting to wonder if I am going to be going to NY (for a trip with my daughter), in May and be all spasmed out even then. I guess the key word here is PATIENCE. And I guess another key word is POSITIVE.
Are you in a collar? I keep forgetting who had what on here! I agree, you need to lay down alot. I definitely notice that if I dont lay down enough, I am so much worse. I am also walking on my treadmill and even THAT tightens me up. But I refuse to sit around without moving something all day. My Dr. really pushes the walking like you would not believe.
Take it easy, Jeff!

 
Old 02-10-2007, 09:28 AM   #4
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Re: Not So Hot Today

Thanks, all for the reminders. Always have been a pusher of limits. I do not have a collar, which would act as a reminder.

Never had a surgery where recovery time was weeks/months. I played golf 9 days after my bilateral hernia repair a few years ago, so I guess I am more than a tad impatient.

While this getting you on your feet and out of the hospital quickly is a good thing in many respects, I'm not sure it psychologically prepares you for a long term recovery process. If I'm out of the hospital the next day, my brain is figuring that I'll be at full speed in 2- 3 weeks tops.

Guess I'm from the "Take my advice - I'm not using it" school of thought.

Thanks for the reminders!

Jeff

 
Old 02-10-2007, 02:21 PM   #5
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Jeff,
I am not in a collar, either....so I hear ya. I am 4 and 1/2 weeks C5-C7.

 
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