On May 10, I had spinal fusion surgery wher the doctor said he was going to fuse 2 vertebrae. I went to the hospital at 5 am, was taken to the pre op room, kissed my wife and told her I love her and they put me under.
I don’t know how many times you’ve had surgery but it pretty much seems the same. For me, I only have a faint memory of the time prior to the surgery. I was told it would be a quick procedure and that I would be in a room by that afternoon. Little did I know that the surgery took 8 hours and that I wouldnt get into a room until 10 pm and that I wouldn’t see my wife until the next day.
I also didn’t realizes the caliber of the procedure and what they actually did until right before I was released from the hospital. They fused 4 vertebrae in separated locations. I will have more movement in the long run though.
Well, I spent that night alone and eventually saw my wife the next day. She was really upset.
So, I spent 4 days in the hospital in the bed and walking around the hallways. They were trying to send me to a nursing home after. I decided that wasn’t a good idea.
When I got home, my wife got me in a spot where I could relax and acclimate. My wife cleaned the wound and took pictures. It looks like Frankenstein.
I’ve been home for 2 days and I’m just realizing what the recovery process is going to entail. It’s all good because just getting out of bed I’m using muscles that I haven’t used for a long time. On the bright side, I’m gaining muscle mass, on the other side, I’m having to deal with pain and getting tired fast because of pain. If I’d have known, I would have prepared for my recovery process better. Maybe I’m slow or a dreamer but this is going to take a while. Oh well. I’ve got time and if I stay out of projection and do it all a day at a time, it’s doable.
I try to walk around the house and sidewalks every couple hours for a short period of time. I’ve gone from using a walker to a crutch and moving toward no assistance. I have friends who had this surgery and they can’t say enough about it.
I figure I’ll write more as the time goes by and describe my recovery process.
Y’all have a great day!