Thanks Chart for starting this new thread.
My daughter left Saturday night to go back home, they came for breakfast on Thanksgiving and then went up to her Grandmothers for the big Turkey day dinner, I seen her a few hours on Friday as she took me to the bank and the store to pic up a few things, and then they came over to visit for a short while on Saturday before they left to go home. I really did not see that much of her on this visit! I got by on my own! A friend from church took me to the surgeons office Monday afternoon and I got all the staples out! Boy that felt good to get them out! I told him about the hot searing pain in my arm when I move it up above my head and he said it was the muscles in my neck that were spasming and tightening around the nerve bundles that was causing that pain and it would go away in time. He did write a script for Physical therapy, He wants to see me again the 25th of February and I am to have x-rays then too! I had my PT eval yesterday evening in a town close by, all country roads and I drove there myself, Doc said as long as I wasn't taking all the extra pain meds I could drive but to be careful and avoid any type of traffic situations, country road is the name of the game around where I live, heck even the town that I go to for PT only has one stop light, and it is less than 45 hundred people so it is not a metropolis by any since of the word! That is all I will drive though, and I go tomorrow morning at nine thirty for more PT. Anyway they want to work on relaxing the muscles and relieving some of the pain first! After I got my staples out Tuesday night I woke up choking and gasping for air, and it hurt my neck so bad, so I got out my mask and machine and set it up and started using it, but it was only for a couple of hours! It felt really good. Well last night I used it all night, and I was up allot yesterday anyway. Well this morning I was in terrible pain, hot searing pain shooting from my neck and incision area up to the base of my skull on the left side and down my left shoulder and into the left arm! It took allot of break through pain meds and Ice pack to get on top of the pain! So today I have not done anything, stayed at home all day I finally walked down the drive way tonight to check my mail box! I don't know if it was using my PAP and mask all night that caused it or being up to much yesterday or a combination of both! I will tell you the pain is allot worse with this surgery, it is such a searing burning pain that just knocks your socks off! I do hope that it doesn't last to much longer! I really was hoping I would be better by now! You know I have an uncle that just died and I wanted so bad to go over to Fort Wayne to his funeral this Saturday, but I just can not do that yet! Heck I would not even be able to sit in a car that long even if I had some one to drive me, as it is a good 185 mile one way over there! Enough of my complaining! I do want to thank-you all for all the support, I can't begin to tell you how much it means to me!
I wish you all well! Thanks again Chart for everything you have done for me! Becky thanks for the support and healing hugs I really need them!
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!