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Enjoy them! When in pain ask for the pain meds. I have never been one much for pain meds. Well, in my younger wilder days. This time though, I took the shots. Demerol what a dandy medication. I woke up in recovery, with the sore throat, and the drain tube running out of the soft collar. It was a small private community hospital. Not so overworked. That afternoon I ate ice cream, and soup.That night I ate ice cream, and soup The Neuro came in and took the drain tube out. They put the Aspen collar on. I got a pain shot. I flipped through the tv channels. Took a glorious nap. The PT came in and woke me up after a couple hours. She said "time for a walk" I walked to the nurses station. She said "that was good". I told her a little farther. So we walked around the next wing. I said "that was enough". We walked back. The great male nurse came in at about 2 hours later. He said "pain" I said "yep"! Got the shot and slept so soundly. The next morning my throat had improved markedly. I orderd scrambled eggs,toast,sausage,and my 1st cup of coffee!The toast was a little tough going down! I got it down though. The Neuro ordered regular cepacols for my throat. They helped.
A pain shot, rest! Then the PT came in for another walk. Only made it a few feet. Dizzy, and woozy, from the demerol. Took a couple hour rest. Got up on my own, and walked around the whole floor. The nurse spying on me the whole time. I did two laps. I laid back down. Lunch! Cheese burger and fries with a salad. The PT came back in we did two more laps. She said "your good to go"! A little pain got a shot, took a rest. Supper a turkey club, with fries and a salad, coffee. I got up and took another stroll. Different wing, grabbed the last chocolate from some nurses station. They were eyeing me very critically for that! I wasn't their patient!
Supper a turkey wrap, with a salad. Some lettuce got caught, but I washed it down.
The Neuro came in and said "your outta here tomorrow" I begged for just 2 more days!! He said "NO WAY" ! That son of a gun! Another walk this time with the PT holding that damn belt. Slowing me down. We did 2 laps around the hospital, went to the cafeteria free coffee. Got back to my room. Waited for the pain. It took a couple hours! I got the shot rested well. Another one at midnite. Woke up with the nurse changing the IV. She said the Neuro would be in signing my discharge in a couple hours. She had added Levaquin to the drip.
10 AM the Neuro signed my papers, I scammed them and told him I had a question for the GP. He showed up 2 hours later. Looked at me and asked "why are you still here?". I said "well the tobacco cessation stuff?"
He wrote me script and said "Now get outta here!"
I changed they brought me a wheelchair. I had them take me to the cafeteria. Free coffee!
Then see my first post?
Having to be the primary caregiver for my parents! Who had subsequently gone on. I was hoping for some of that care! No such luck. "No rest for the wicked". I'm afraid.
Icejohnb
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Enjoy them! When in pain ask for the pain meds. I have never been one much for pain meds. Well, in my younger wilder days. This time though, I took the shots. Demerol what a dandy medication. I woke up in recovery, with the sore throat, and the drain tube running out of the soft collar. It was a small private community hospital. Not so overworked. That afternoon I ate ice cream, and soup.That night I ate ice cream, and soup The Neuro came in and took the drain tube out. They put the Aspen collar on. I got a pain shot. I flipped through the tv channels. Took a glorious nap. The PT came in and woke me up after a couple hours. She said "time for a walk" I walked to the nurses station. She said "that was good". I told her a little farther. So we walked around the next wing. I said "that was enough". We walked back. The great male nurse came in at about 2 hours later. He said "pain" I said "yep"! Got the shot and slept so soundly. The next morning my throat had improved markedly. I orderd scrambled eggs,toast,sausage,and my 1st cup of coffee!The toast was a little tough going down! I got it down though. The Neuro ordered regular cepacols for my throat. They helped.
A pain shot, rest! Then the PT came in for another walk. Only made it a few feet. Dizzy, and woozy, from the demerol. Took a couple hour rest. Got up on my own, and walked around the whole floor. The nurse spying on me the whole time. I did two laps. I laid back down. Lunch! Cheese burger and fries with a salad. The PT came back in we did two more laps. She said "your good to go"! A little pain got a shot, took a rest. Supper a turkey club, with fries and a salad, coffee. I got up and took another stroll. Different wing, grabbed the last chocolate from some nurses station. They were eyeing me very critically for that! I wasn't their patient!
Supper a turkey wrap, with a salad. Some lettuce got caught, but I washed it down.
The Neuro came in and said "your outta here tomorrow" I begged for just 2 more days!! He said "NO WAY" ! That son of a gun! Another walk this time with the PT holding that damn belt. Slowing me down. We did 2 laps around the hospital, went to the cafeteria free coffee. Got back to my room. Waited for the pain. It took a couple hours! I got the shot rested well. Another one at midnite. Woke up with the nurse changing the IV. She said the Neuro would be in signing my discharge in a couple hours. She had added Levaquin to the drip.
10 AM the Neuro signed my papers, I scammed them and told him I had a question for the GP. He showed up 2 hours later. Looked at me and asked "why are you still here?". I said "well the tobacco cessation stuff?"
He wrote me script and said "Now get outta here!"
I changed they brought me a wheelchair. I had them take me to the cafeteria. Free coffee!
Then see my first post?
Having to be the primary caregiver for my parents! Who had subsequently gone on. I was hoping for some of that care! No such luck. "No rest for the wicked". I'm afraid.
Icejohnb



Icejohn,

You're making me laugh!!
Hey there,

I just had my THIRD fusion surgery on Nov. 13th. This one was done by going in the front AND the back of my neck. This is very unusual and only used when other surgeries have failed like mine. I am a NON smoker but for some strange reason, my first two surgeries did not fuse on my C6-C7 level.

First surgery was in 2001. Two levels, with my OWN hip bone, NO hardware and hard collar for 3 months....UGH....

Quilter.....may I ask why you want to use your own bone? The percentage of the fusion rate is really such a tiny percentage from your own bone to donor...Plus....there isn't a risk for any diseases since it does not contain any blood or liquid...PLEASE read up on this since there is much discrepancy about this but it is TOTALLY safe.....As you can see from this board, so many of us have had donor bone and no ill effects.

I can tell you that it was MUCH more painful at the incision site on my hip than my neck incision...And yes, I was stuck upstairs for many weeks since it was too painful to walk up/down the stairs from my hip. Now I have greater risks of hip problems when I get older (38 now) since I'm missing a big chunk since they used it for 2 levels.

Agaiin, just stating my own humble opinion but please think this over very carefully and look at the pros and cons. If I had been given the choice that first surgery....I would have absolutely said NO to my own hip bone being taken....

Anyway, it will require greater care for getting around for awhile.

My second surgery was Dec. of 2005 with donor bone and then plates and screws...

This last surgery....even though it was almost 5 hours and VERY painful from the back of the neck inscision since they cut through muscle.....they put in a cage with BMP (another poster mentions this too) and then plates and screws and then rods and screws from the back side....So....with both sides done...I REALLY did think my neck would fall off...HA HA HA....

I will be praying for your surgery...and SKZ's and others that are coming up....

In my other posts....I talk a lot about having the most cozy and comfortable place to recuperate at home...I used my IPOD and loaded it with books and music since I could just lie flat and listen....Rented lots of movies to make me laugh.....and had friends/family come to visit and help to make it easier....

You should prepare for having liquids (protein drinks, etc) to stay healthy in case you have swallowing issues....My first surgery I didn't.....second one I did for a whole week....could barely get soup down....this one I didn't have any problems....so you just never know but it's nice to be prepared.....

Like the other posters have said too.....please take the medicine they give you....it's really helpful to stay ahead of the pain instead of waiting until you are in great pain....this has taken me time to learn......

One suggestion is that a lot of people get sick on the Morphine they give you in your PCA (patient controlled analgesic) that you have when you get out of surgery....I learned that you can request to have Demerol or something else.....Reston Hospital in VA where I just had my surgery only uses the Demerol now since it has less tendancy to make you nauseaus....

Don't be afraid to ask for anything....there job is to make you as comfortable as possible.....Warm blankets....more pain medicine....etc.....

One more hint....it's important that you have both the socks and the mechanical leg wraps that keep the circulation going in your legs....This is very important after surgery and sometimes you actually have to be your own advocate to ask for them if they forget....

Hope that some of my hints can help....I am a Christian and try to give everything to God and will be praying for everyone...I know that it's a scary time whether it's your first or tenth surgery.....

Blessings,
Ingrid