….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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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 1/22/2012 8:50:22 AM (GMT-7)