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Spinal Cord Disorders board

My ins. company covered only a 23 hr. short stay which I found unbelieveable if this was major surgery. The only problems related to any medical intervention I have is extreme nausea. I talked to a friend who is a pharmacist and she told me to be quite firm and dramatic in relaying my history of nausea and vomiting and that Zofran would alleviate this. I did and anesthesiologist agreed and gave Zofran. Honestly, with no nausea or vomiting, one hour after surgery I was wide awake and in far less pain than before. The postop pain was only about 10% of my previous daily pain. To be quite honest I was bored laying in a hospital bed as I was not to get out of bed until the next a.m. They gave me Demerol shots q. 4 hrs. after questioning about the pain level saying they wanted to keep me "covered" even though I was not complaining of pain. My surgery was 7 a.m. and the next morning at 7 a.m. I was ready to go home and have a little privacy and rest without the constant hospital routine. Others told me this before my surgery and I was skeptical too--thinking that if I had some complication, like uncontrolled pain or nausea that the ins. would have to certify an additional day.