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Here I am again......lol...........My daugher has the laptop and key board set up much better now fof me to type.....there sitll is liable to be some tyos, but just read past them if possile.

The thing I was worried about the most was pain control and whether I'd get morphine or not. and I did. bit I hated it.....They kept it on a coninuous flow all night and I was still able to hit the button, by 7 the nest morning they took the continous off and I thought I was going to die from the nausea. I could barely keep ice chips or water down, so quit using that by 8 the morning following surgery. I couldn't eat anything on Wed. either.

They got me out of bed by noon on Wed. and I walked from door and back to my bed again. By Wed. afternoon I climbed their little flight of steps and that went okay too. Thursday I was able to eat and physical therapy released me cause I could walk with the walker in the hallway by myself. My cath came out Thurs. a.m. and my IV tubes. They left the little injection port thingy in the back of my hand to give me shots of Toredal, but otherwise was on Percocet and valium. The doc upped my dosage of those two drugs to two every 4 -6 hours and that made a big difference.

I have hardly no swelling at all at the incision site and I think that is because the drain really did it's job. He did'nt remove that til about noon on Wed.

All in all, it was not bad at all. I am sore, but not overly stiff. I have no fever, upset stomach, real siginificant pain and I am VERY HAPPY... The surgeon's assistant told me bedside that both 3-4 and 4-5 were completely herniated badly, and it was a huge mess. He also went on to say it is all fixed now and once I get completely recovered I should feel like a new person. I tend to agree with him. I think I have been suffering needlessly for over 3 years or more.

If you are staring down the face of a fushion two things:...... they are not as bad as made out to be and secondly.......make sure your surgeon is like mine......'GOD-esque'. He is simply the best and would be well worth your travel time to have his skilled hands do your low back repair. I fell 100% confident in his work and ability to make a silk purse out of sow's ear. HE is the best.....

So, till later....... I'll will keep you all updated, but for now I feel fabulous. No pain upon gettin in and out of bed, am able to sleep, no pain gettin up and down from a toilet (and I don't have a riser), no incisional swelling, no pain like that all.

Maybe it was all your wonderful prayers and thoughts that I did it, but I lay a lot to my doctor's skill.

Talk to you all later and let you know....

Love to all here at the board....