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grandmaroses
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   Posted 1/22/2012 12:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am going to have a back fusion done soon (thats all Dr said) I am in so much pain day to day I am having a hard time getting around. I tried to shop yesterday but I had to stop and come home. I want to make sure I have everything I am going to need. I am asking if anyone has had this done if they remember what I will be needing at home like tub seat, etc...

I know my meals will not be the same but I hope I can handle my own insulin shots and my hubby is a decent cook . I know I'm beginning to stress massively about this. Any advise to keep me focused??

I have told my children that no grandkids are to be brought to the hospital because i Do not want them to be frightened. Calming little ones down is not on my lit.

Any suggestions to make this more organized? I know my hubby will say we will get what I need after but I don't think I will be up to shopping for a while. I know everyone is different . so you read this and can think of something. please drop me a note :)

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   Posted 1/22/2012 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I can't help you with what to expect but my mother who is 69 needs that operation and refuses because she is scared. Could you update the board on your progress..Good luck with the surgery and God Bless..RandyB
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   Posted 1/22/2012 3:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Good morning Grandma!

Well!….I have been through this, and a couple of things helped me greatly. One of them was a toilet seat extender, the one with the arms on it! Get one if at all possible! They should have adjustable legs to adjust the height….and trust me the arm rest serve a two fold purpose. One it will help you to both sit down and get up with some ease, and two…as you have a bowel movement…if you grab the armrest and push yourself up slightly, it allows a much smoother bowel movement. I loaned mine out, and wish I had it back, as my back has gotten worse.

A grabber tool will also help, and I used mine a lot just to pull my underwear back up after a potty break. Also if you do not have an adjustable bed that raises up and down, then make sure you get some sort of side-rail or a good sturdy chair next to your bed, because your going to need it. It can be very difficult getting up into a setting position from laying down on the bed. Please do this in advance, and practice it to make sure whatever you use will work for you. This is one of the things they will more than likely train you to do before they let you leave the hospital.

If you are not taking laxatives, ….well get a bag of prunes or something…this is one time you do not want to get constipated! Straining with a fusion will hurt all the more. If you are not going to have someone there with you all the time, then make sure you have plenty of bottled water close and handy, and access to your pain med's

A walker will be nice to have for a few days or a couple of weeks, and I suggest the one with a chair built into it, just incase you need to sit down quickly. Again if you are by yourself, for any length of time, then have a cell phone handy in case you need to call for help. I don't know where you live or what the weather is like there, but as you walk daily, again make sure you have a cell phone handy incase you wear out too quickly and or fall and need help. More than likely you will be laying in bed quite a bit, and the bed sheets and or blankets tend to rub the natural oils out of your legs, so consider a good lotion for those dry areas that may need some extra attention. The back of my legs flaked off something terrible. You may not feel like taking a shower for a few days, until you get back on your feet a bit first.

Night time was the worst for me, and when you have a full bladder, you may need help getting up in the middle of the night….or consider a bed pan of sorts. Trust me it can be very difficult getting out of bed the first few days and you may require help.


If I think of more, I will come back and post them.

Good luck and don't worry yourself too much!

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   Posted 1/22/2012 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your suggestions, I already bought a grabber as my back is already making life more challenging. I will look for a toilet extender and a walker. As I have arranged for my daughter to come over for a few days and hubby will be here after his shift so I don't think I will have any alone time for the first week or two.

I can already see getting out of bed a challenge. My hubby bought me a lift chair for Christmas so I am hoping if I can't get into or out of bed that I will just stay in my chair.
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Rose



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   Posted 1/22/2012 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
….I don't know what your sleeping arrangements are, but make sure your husband and or daughter is within tapping distance if you need help in the middle of the night. That was the worst part for me, and I can clearly remember struggling to get close enough to my wife, (who sleeps soundly)…and tapping her on the leg and asking for help at 3am. A full bladder and a fresh lumbar fusion is a tough one to deal with.

I felt so bad waking her up and asking for help, but I was hurting so bad and desperate for bladder relief and a pain med's. More than likely you will have to have around the clock pain med's, so plan for it as best you can, even if you have to keep a bottle of water with you in bed and your med's within your reach. I mean this….so please take the advice. You may very well find yourself taking your med's every four hours on the dot, but again it depends on what they send you home with. If it is Oxycontin, than you may fair a little better. I was sent home with Percocet #10's and I believe I was allowed 6 to 8 in a 24 hour period.

With a fusion, it will be more than likely that they will advise you to walk as much as you can. It is very important that you follow that advice if indeed they give it to you. However, do not over do yourself!….it can easily be done, and if you get too far out, and all of the sudden you find yourself worn out, you may find yourself in trouble trying to make the return trip back to the house.

What I did was to make my walks within the house three times a day, until I found a pace and distance I could handle for a round trip outside.


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   Posted 1/22/2012 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe get some poise pads or depends pads, if you can't get up and go
or get to the potty fast enough those pads might help and maybe get a bedliner
to keep the bed for getting wet...or a mattress pad to keep it safe and dry
and keep extra sheets nearby on a chair handy to change the sheets
easier...
well wishes and prayers to you, and try to posts back when you can...as
we will be thinking of you...
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   Posted 1/22/2012 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
…..also make sure the first time you take a shower, you have someone help you get in and out of it, and ask them to stay right there close by as you bathe. The first shower will totally refresh you, and will make you feel much better. I think I even put a bath chair in mine, but found it was easier to stand up and take one instead. Oh!... and clip those toenails right before surgery, because it may be a while before you can do it again.

I don't recall which area of the spine you are having fused. If it is cervical then some of these things may be easier to do, than if it is a lumbar fusion.

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   Posted 1/22/2012 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with this - I may be looking at it myself. So much Sciatic pain right now, I can't believe it! I empthize with what you're going through.

Do you know yet when your surgery will be?

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grandmaroses
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   Posted 1/22/2012 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know when surgery will be the surgeon said it would be booked within 2 months and I am also on the on call list . I am have not been able to clip my own toenails for months now my hubby does it for me. I am planning on sleeping in my own bed and I will make sure I have spare bedding handy but hubby will be there to help me until 5 am and daughter will be here at 9 am and during 5-9 our 2 adult boys are getting ready for work so if I need help they will be here. It is my lumbar spine, it seems to be getting worse every day that passes. I would imagine my pain meds will change after I heal, currently on targin and oxycodone.

I am worried I know this is going to be rough but I need to try.
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Rose



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   Posted 1/22/2012 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
…I understand the worry Rose…stay as positive as you can. Yes it will hurt, but you will soon be on your way to recovery. Just don't expect your recovery to be quick or your fears get to you. It takes a long time to heal from a surgery like this. Hopefully you will be playing Hop-Scotch soon! wink

Let us know when you go in for it, and we will be thinking about you. If you have any questions during your recovery, just ask, and several of these members will be there to answer.

Good luck!

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   Posted 1/22/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you for the support : ) my surgeon just said yes you require a fusion and I will do it at _____hospital it will take 2 hours in surgery, 3 days in hospital and 6-8 months of recovery I will be using screws and I'm sure he said a plate but everything I read about this talks about rods. I have no idea where he will be making the incision and my family doctor said the surgeon will go in fix the problem will not look for any other issues. I'm glad to have a surgeon with an excellent reputation and my pain doctor works in the same clinic so maybe I can find out more from him.
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   Posted 1/22/2012 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Grandma....I am sorry I can not offer any advice but it looks like SE has gave you aloyt of great suggestions. Good luck with your surgery an hope it helps with your pain. Keep in touch and let us know how you make out.

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   Posted 1/23/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck with the surgery... I had a triple cervical neck fusion last year...

Just make sure you have 24 hour help...

I put a small table next to my bed for a drink, remotes, chapstick etc... you'll need straws!

I also had a chopstick to reach places that itched! Believe it or not... I couldn't live without this...

Just be ready for the pain.. I don't mean to scare you but I was unprepared...

Make sure someone (not you) gives your meds and make a schedule... this was very important... I would have taken the whole bottle...

Plenty of ice... for ice packs... the gel ones just aren't cold enough... zip lock baggies... double and triple bag them...

Something I couldn't live without also was my wedge pillow:
http://www.amazon.com/Contour-30-100-1-436-Backmax-Support-System/dp/B000CA5AG2/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1327346248&sr=1-1
I know it's pricey at $124... but, it was the best, most comfortable thing ever... I still use it in my bed everynight! WORTH THE MONEY!
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   Posted 1/23/2012 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
screaming eagle hit all the main points. i have had two back operations (one fusion) and the one the that is the biggest memory is the laxative part, trust me, screaming eagle is right. last surgery i took colace about a week ahead of time and then after. these days i am on a pretty high dose of opioids and that causes constipation for which i continued until i found a life saver product; Garden of Life's Super Seed more than fiber supplement powder that contains probiotics. i will be praying for ya but everything will be fine, 2-4 weeks and you will probably be moving pretty well and 3 months and you will be great! PS if you are susceptable to nausea from pain medicine or surgery tell the anesthesiologist you would rather not be vomitting and they can hang a piggyback IV of Zofran or Tigan or Phenergan

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   Posted 1/23/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Draka thank you for the reminder about a medication schedule. I usually have one but you know I ran out of paper and then forgot to set it up again. I am already finding myself wondering did I take that?
Spinal Soldier yes I usually vomit after surgery so I will mention to anesthesiologist. I am currently taking a medication called targin its long acting oxycodone with a built in laxative but I imagine my drugs will change as well. Thanks again
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Rose



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   Posted 1/23/2012 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rose
Sounds like you have everything under control. I had a back fusion a few years ago. I was in hospital for 5 days and they won't let me leave until I could navigate stairs to some degree and had a bowel movement. The first couple of days were the worst but really only have a vague memory of it because they had me on a pain pump. I was in a brace for 3 months. That's no fun but you get used to it. I was allowed to take it off to sleep. By the time I got home from the hospital I was able to get around. Not to far or to fast. I spent a lot of time in a recliner chair because I could remove the brace and the chair gave me plenty of support. Like with any surgery don't get behind on the pain meds because you feel a little better and are thinking maybe you can stretch it out a little. Once you get behind with pain it's awful trying to catch up. I think SE covered everything. The only thing I can think of that I'm not sure if anyone mentioned was a shower chair. I found this really helpful. Anyway good luck, I wish you all the best and keep us up to date on your progress. Take care.
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   Posted 1/24/2012 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rose, May I suggest that if you can have some one stay with you while your in the hospital. Most hospitals and units do not mind if a patient has someone stay with them, and they will often have recliners that nearlly fold down flat and are not bad to sleep in. Especially the first night or two after your surgery! The person can help take care of you, and the nurses will really be thankfull for that, and they can help intervene on your behalf if you have any problems. Just make sure the person is familiar with your medical problems and all your medications that you are on. Even the readers digest had a big article about this a few years ago, and recommends this. You will find you will get much better care and with a busy hospital staff, it is definitely a safety factor too! When I had my disk fusion back in september 2009 my friend who is a nurse, camped out, and slept in the recliner next to my bed for the three days I was there. It really made a difference! My last surgery in November of 2010 I was in the hospital eight days and was all alone, it was a really rough time, as they had a difficult time controlling my pain! Anyway nights in a hospital always seem to be the worst and it is nice if you can have some one there for you! Just a thought, check with your doctor and hospital to see what their policy is about that! Good Luck to you!

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   Posted 1/24/2012 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   

 

        Morning Rose!

             I wanted to step back in and vouch in angreement on White Beards suggestion....this may be really important to you in the long run. Although I hate to share this with all here...I think we are adult enough to understand...so anyways...when I had my first bowel movement in the hospital...I simply could not clean myself up...and I was greatful that my wife loves me to the point she took care of the problem for me. Understand? rolleyes   Now that's true love for you! LOL

       White Beard is correct...and the first couple of days can be tough, and it is a very good idea...and in your best interest to have someone there full time if at all possible...and I also agree that you may recieve better care because of it. It may very well keep the nurses on the ball.

   You have gotten some very good advice here, and don't take it too lightly, as this comes from personal experience with these members. They have been there, and want you to be prepared the best you can be.

      Again, remain positive, you will get through this, and hopefully get back on your feet quickly. Just remember the healing takes quite a bit of time, and you may experience two steps forward and then three steps backwards at times. Don't let your fears grab ahold of you, ...if!.. and when this may happen....it can be a very normal part of healing.

       Again!..I believe White Beards suggestion is a very worthy note to you..., so please consider it. The nights can be long there...and it may take a day or two before you have enough mobility to be comfortable with limited help.

       We are so glad you posted this question here, as it may help others, and has a good chance of showing up when they do a search on this topic.

       Thanks!

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   Posted 1/24/2012 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rose, wow they have really covered it all so well especially the part of having someone stay with you the first few days in the hospital. It does seem like if the pain is going to get bad its at night and having someone there to help insure you don't have to wait to get pain medication is a tremendous help. I always had bad nurses on the night shift, I felt like they wanted the patients all sleeping and not bothering them but sometimes that just does not happen for someone that has had surgery. A friend of mine had hip replacement surgery and when he started waking up moaning his wife just reached over and hit his pump that gave him his pain medication and that saved him a lot of misery having her there. The good part was he did not remember any of the pain right after surgery because she was there to hit his pump.

You have a lot of time between now and surgery time, try not to get yourself real stressed out and honestly, I suggest not talking to other people except family and come here and ask your questions. Sometimes people tend to really stretch it when talking about a surgery they have had, or the best case scenario is if you lined up 12 women up and asked about how they did during childbirth or even having a hysterectomy, the stories would get more gruesome as you went down the line of women, lol. Kind of like outdoing each other on who hurt the most, lol. II am not trying to ruffle any feathers by saying this, because I have seen this first hand and was terrified when I had my first child and when I had the hysterectomy. Some things are just best left unsaid, lol.

Keep us posted on how you are coming along and when do you see your dr again? Take some questions with you to your next appt and ask about the surgery, get specifics.

Take care.
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   Posted 1/24/2012 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
So just to simplify all this info (which has been wonderful btw)

I will probably require a shower seat, a toilet extender and safety frame, a walker, an itching chopstick. My toenails should be freshly trimmed, and for the first days even while in hospital I should have someone to care for me, watch medications. I should put a sturdy chair by bedside. and have a medication schedule ready. I believe I can get all the equipment from the red cross for the cost of a donation.

I am taking minimum items to the hospital, slippers, hair/tooth brush, deodorant, lotion, I also will not have anyone with me 24 hours because as much as hubby wants to be he has reminded me that he has to work. I have asked all the parents of our grandchildren to not bring them into hospital because they are too young and I do not want my grandchildren seeing me until I know my pain is under control.

I'm sure this surgery will go well and thanks to all of you I feel much more confident about everything.
Thank you all and I will update.
Take care
Rose



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   Posted 1/24/2012 11:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds likes you have the plan of action in order, don't forget to add something to help keep the bowels moving as easy as possible. If you can handle eating prunes out of the box they work well and do keep things going , usually 4-5 does the trick. Put your lip balm or chapstick on your list.

Rose one thing SE mentioned was walking, that will be your only form of exercise for a long while and a very important part of your recovery. They will get you up soon after surgery to walk and you may want to tell them to take a hike but you will get up, walking wakes the bowels up after surgery and gets them moving and also helps keep the gas down. For some reason gas is always around more after surgery, lol. Just don't overdo the walking and if you are alone during the day walk in the house. Would not want you to get outside and not be able to make it back inside. My brother walked about a half a block which was way too much at first then his wife had to go pick him up in the car. Thank goodness he had his cell phone in his pocket.

I am with you about having the little ones at the hospital. As much as we love them, that really is not the best time for them to be around there is plenty of time for that later. Could one of your kids stay one night and rotate for 3 days or even one of their wives? Really do wish you could have someone come at night.

Yes, I feel you will do just fine.
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   Posted 1/24/2012 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome,

Lumbar Fusion was a very difficult surgery for me, so I wanted to add in a few things that I had issues with and needed or didn't need. The bathroom needs are very, very real for a lumbar fusion and I was in agony for help with urinating in the hospital. They used a catheter to start with, but that led to an infection and was improperly placed. Please don't feel ashamed to ask for help in this area and, when they take it out, start using the call button way before it is an emergency! It may take a long time for them to get to you! Make sure you have personal snacks for the hospital (if they will let you, because they forgot to feed me for several meals!) Also, make sure to take your cell phone into the hospital room and keep it charged at all times. It's important to have the phone number for the charge nurse....depending on your facility. My comfort level was NOT the best after surgery and I needed more meds than I was given.

After complaining too much to a nurse, she took it upon herself to contact the on-call Dr and have a shot of haldol given to me.....it made me INSANE for a while!!! Please refuse any meds you are not comfortable taking. I have never needed anything like that and I did not need it then! When I asked the Dr who ordered it, he told me it was to ease suffering (because the pain meds weren't getting it). I had complained about one nurse (who was NOT giving me my meds and was documenting that she had given to me). This doesn't happen everywhere and I don't mean to scare you, but please be sure you are never alone because they don't always believe you and you can never tell what you will need.

Most of my nurses were excellent, but that one was a NUT and needed some help! He documentation was so alarming that I was left with no choice but to complain and boy did it make her mad. She found a way to "get me back" by taking several hours to help me to the bathroom or the bedside commode and things like that. She also failed to report my UTI, so I didn't get the antibiotics I should have gotten until after I was discharged. I also never received the physical therapy I was supposed to have gotten and have no idea what they documented.

Waking up from fusion surgery is very hard. Again, not to scare you, but you should be prepared to feel intense pain at first. It is not the same pain as before the surgery and will likely be helped a great deal by the meds they prescribe. Don't be afraid to ask for meds in the hospital! Nausea meds are also important and should be arranged before surgery if you can.

A walker (and later a cane) can be wonderful. I also needed the seat for the shower and the commode lift seat. In addition, the grabber was essential and I needed help around the clock for while. Even putting on socks can be impossible. Someone will need to be responsible for laundry and for keeping your sheets changed since you won't be doing that for a while. Also, keep snacks on the bedside table and the remote, a phone, sealable drinks and straws and towels for draping over you when you try to eat. I don't mean to sound like you will be totally incapacitated, but you might feel like it for a while.

Someone will likely visit you after the procedure to check on you and help measure you for a back brace and possibly a bone stimulator. The brace measuring should be done beforehand (in my honest opinion). I had the wrong size sent and had to have another after the swelling went down because they measured after surgery. That brace is a Godsend when you need support for the bathroom or even for walking around the house.

Keeping grandkids away from the hospital is an excellent idea....my daughter was horrified to see her mother in such a state. It's very smart of you to consider this. I'd also ask anyone not very close to you to visit after you are released. It it so difficult to cover yourself or to maintain any level of conversation and people often feel uncomfortable asking for pain meds when people are visiting.....sometimes they don't get the hint and won't leave despite your need to get to the restroom NOW!

Lastly, have very loose, easy access bedclothes when you get home. You won't be able to stand anything on your back for a while and you want to be as covered as possible, while still having easy access to the bathroom facilities and causing as little irritation as possible.

I wish you all the best and hope your surgery will be smooth and as painless as possible.

Please keep in mind that mine was an emergency surgery so I wasn't prepared at all! I didn't know anything at all and I don't want anyone else to experience what I did with my surgery.

Good luck and God Bless!
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   Posted 1/24/2012 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Post retiredmom! wink …I had forgotten to jot down the bone stimulator information here. If you are a smoker, and they offer a stimulator, you might want to consider it, as it is supposed to help promote bone growth and the fusion. And while I mentioned smoking, I may as well remind you that if you are a smoker, I would strongly suggest that you cease that activity now, and well into the recovery, as the healing process may take longer. I'm glad to see that retiredmom also mentioned the bathroom, as it can be a reality and a problem if your mobility is limited after surgery. I make no apologies for mentioning it as well….and wish I had that information before my fusion. In fact this has to be one of the best post I have seen in quite a while for suggestions regarding a fusion surgery.

We all hope this helps, and please do let us know when the date is of the surgery. We will be here for you with well wishes.

SE wink
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   Posted 1/24/2012 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose one other thing, I see that you have sleep apnea, if you use CPAP, don't forget to bring your PAP machine with you, that is is super important! I don't know how bad your sleep apnea is, but I know for me I just can not go without my PAP machine! 
 
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   Posted 1/25/2012 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Grandma

You were given wonderful suggestions for after surgury. We certainly have a great group of ppl!

I am praying for you and I know you will do your best to get you through this procedure and recovery.

Bless You

Betsey
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