OK, today was my first check-up since my surgery. When I got to the surgeon's, there were three others there that had fusion surgery. I visited with one of them, and he had the same feelings and worrisome questions on his mind.
The surgeon was very surprised at how well I was doing, and was amazed that I had taken myself off of the Oxycontin already. In-fact, I had started to reduce my Percocet's intake as well. He was really tickled that I had been walking a little over a mile a day.
After a few of my questions were answered, and a quick look at my scar, he wrote me another script for 90 more Percocet's, and told me to come back in 4 weeks, and he would see if I was ready to go back to work by May 1st. We were both smiling, and my wife was grinning from ear to ear as well. I asked him if he wanted me to bring him the extra Oxycontin's, and he said no, to keep them for a rainy day. I have vacuum packed them, and carefully placed them in the safe. I'm really hoping that I will not have to use all of the Percocet's as well. They are nice to have on hand in case of an emergency, and is more of a mental crutch at this time for me, as they do not just hand these out like candy here.
Please don't be fooled by my good news here, as the progress is very slow, and the healing takes several weeks if not months for a full recovery. Those of you that have had this kind of surgery know exactly what I'm talking about. I'm not used to this kind of a slow recovery, and it drives me nuts, as the world goes by without me. I was so used to being a very hard worker in life, and to feel so worthless at this time is a real let down to me.
One thing that I do not miss is smoking. I could care less for a cigarette at this time. We have changed my diet as well, with lots of fiber, and cut way back on the caffeine intake too. Last night was the first night that I finally slept over 5hrs, and I credit some of it to the Tempur-Pedic bed that we purchased before the surgery.
The one tool that we got before the surgery, and I'm so very grateful for, is the potty extender or raised seat for the potty. It has been a real life saver for me, and the hand rails are nice too. I spent two days with a walker, and did serve it's purpose well, but I just did not need it for too long.
Thank you all for your support, and the many personal emails of well wishes you have sent. I still have a ways to go yet, and will be slow here on the forums. Just give me some time, and I promise that I will be back to support you all when you need it. Again, I cannot Thank You enough for your prayers and support. It meant the world to me. Bless you all!
DDD (Degenerative Disk Disease) S1-L4-L5, Heart Attack 2002, Angioplasty to clear blocked Artery and to implant Stent. Six Epidurals, Disocgram, Melanoma Cancer 07, Lumbar Fusion March of 2010, Four cortisone injections Tendinitis in Elbow.