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I would say it is much too early to call my surgery a success -- but so far it hasn't been as bad as I was expecting.

I was given some sort of morphine after surgery. It was in my IV and I had a button I could push every 6 minutes. That was sufficient to control my pain. When I came home I was given oxycodone and lyrica to take all the time, and hydroco/apap and a muscle relaxer "as needed." I would recommend that you talk to your surgeon prior to the surgery about what medications you will be given, any concerns you have about that, etc. I think it's easier to get this all straight before your surgery.

I had heard that N.J. was having a milder than usual winter. I live in southern Wisconsin near Lake Michigan and we have had snow almost every other day since Nov. 15th; we had a 12" storm that is just ending now. We are having much more snow than usual.
I had a 360 (both front and back incisions) and had 8 levels done this time around. I was on morphine and I-don't-know-what-else in the hospital. I came home with Percocet, stayed on that for a couple of months, then switched to Vicodin and am still on it. I take Colace everyday, too, as pain meds notoriously cause constipation. I started PT at about 3 1/2 or 4 months.

Keep yourself as busy as you can, especially in the last few days. It will help keep you from being too anxious. But it's very normal to be anxious. This is a big surgery with a long recovery. The more prepared you are ahead of time, the better it will be for you, so spend these last couple of weeks doing everything you can to make your life easier while you're healing.

I got a ton of movies from a discount web site and friends lent me more movies than I could even watch. The Percocet made my eyes feel fuzzy, so I didn't want to read much, but I watched the first five minutes of a lot of movies. Then I'd wake up half an hour later and my kids would roll their eyes as I rewound to where I had drifted off. :D We usually check movies out for free from the library, but since I'm the one who keeps track of what's due, I didn't think that would be a good idea, as the fine is a buck a day per movie if they're late. This was a good excuse to get to buy a bunch of old classics and personal favorites, the ones I can watch over and over again.

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Take care,