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Hi Patsy & Shirl, :wave:

Shirl, I wish you so much luck on Friday, I really don't know how you have the courage to do the repeat surgeries.
I understand though, I want my life back to normal myself.
I will be praying really hard for you :angel:
I really hope this helps with the headaches.
Please let me know if I can help in any way at all.
You will be missed while you are in the hospital !
You are a real trooper, and deserve the best of life :)
I hope you are 100% better when you return home, I love to hear your success stories ;)
They always motivate me, and cheer me up !
I will be thinking about you my dear Shirl !
Did you have terrible swelling in your low back after surgery ?
Do you know why I can't use ice or heat to relieve the pressure until after the post-op ?
I have to keep getting up and walking around as I type.

Hi Patsy :wave:

I just typed a book on my history on another posting
to Mary, so please be sure to read that.

Here are the answers to your specific questions.
If you think of any more, just ask away.

My surgery was done 8 days ago.
I had a two level L5-S1 L2-3 laminectomy fusion, with titanium BAK cages, rods, and screws.
The bone graft was taken from my pelvic bone (left side)All done posterior.
I have two other discs in between that are not in great shape, but the doc doesn't like to do a four level fusion if possible.
If the other discs don't hold up, I will need further surgery two fuse the other two.
I was in the hospital for 5 days.

I will be out of work for a minimum of 10-12 weeks, then can only return part time for the first few weeks.
The doc says that is pushing it, so I might be out for several more months.
I don't want to repeat this, so I will take all the time I need !!

I was in a car accident in 7/00.
I am a 36 year old female.
I don't need to wear a back brace, the doc says the cages are support enough.
I use a bone growth stimulator for 1/2 hour a day, I will need to do that for nine months.
I am also a smoker, and haven't been able to quit, but I have cut down.
The stimulator will help me fuse quicker.
The cost of the stimulator is $4800.00 billed to no-fault.
It is the newest model, many people have to wear one 24/7, so I got real lucky there.
This one is so cool, you don't even need to use those EKG looking suction pads, and there are no wires.
They even give you a years supply of batteries.

My scar is fifteen inches long, it starts at the very top of the butt crack, and goes all the way up to my bra line.

I had one problem in the hospital that I want you to watch for, I was never advised of it.
Mary, please also watch for this !
On the third day, my tongue was all yellow, and pieces were falling apart, also had little bumps on my gums.
I was told that due to the high amount of antibiotics they gave me, it caused me to get thrush.
Basically, it is a yeast infection in your mouth.
It is so gross, even when you brush your teeth, layers of your tongue are literally coming off. Really nasty !
I was given a prescription for Nystatin Oral Suspension, it is called (swish and swallow for short).
You need to rinse with it four times a day, and then swallow it.
It kills the bacteria.
It works in a few days, I am all cleared up now, but you actually lose your taste buds.
The new skin is almost healed now on my tongue, believe me, I have a perfect mouth, so it really grossed me out !
I guess infants get it early on, from nursing mothers.
I have heard of thrush, but never thought I would get it.
If you notice a funny feel on your tongue from day one, please let the nurse know ASAP.

Shirl is correct, wiping is the worst part, I won't give you all of the details, but they pump you full of stool softeners, then expect you to be able to reach your A** ! What a humiliation, I had to have some of the nurses wipe me for the first two days.
One of the nurses is my best friend's mother, so that was a total embarrassment for me !

You will need a raised toilet seat, and get a grabber, I lived by the grabber.
I used my walker through yesterday, but I now am having a set back, so I will probably need it tomorrow.
I posted a great list of tips for Mary a few days ago, that were given to me by Lisa, she is such a super person !

You will be up and walking the day after surgery, you will have no choice in that matter.
I only spend a few hours a day in bed, it is too hard to sleep anyway, even with the percocet and ambien I'm taking.
I was advised to only sit for 10-20 minutes at a time, but have broken that rule, that is why I'm in so much pain right now.
They want you to walk, walk, and do more walking, to avoid becoming stiff.
I walk all of the time.

I don't have a lap top, but I'm not sure that would actually help me anyway.
I have tried everything to get a comfortable position.
You can't lie flat on your back,or even sitting up with your back against a pillow doesn't help the low back pain,I'm so stiff when I get up.
I can't even find a good position to read in. That part really sucks for me big time.
I have tons of my favorite magazines that I can't even get through more than a few pages.
I don't even look forward to sleep, because it hurts so bad to just try to find a good position.
It's even hard to sit still to watch T.V.
That is why I'm on the computer so much, it really helps to pass the time.

This really sucks, I wish somebody could tell me if I could use a recliner ????????????????????

In the hospital, I was on morphine, demerol, valium, ambien, and don't forget the lovely stool softeners.
The wiping gets easier around day three of being home.
I use baby wipes, they are so much easier !

We will get through this, I really think this will be worth it in the end.
This is just the toughest part !

Congratulations on your up coming wedding, I think you will be fine by then.

Please don't be nervous, because this could help you for the rest of your life !

Please take care, and let me know if I can be of any more help.
I'm here for you :)

Take Care,
Baxter [img]http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/heart.gif[/img]