Glad you are home! It's going to be a long process, but try to be patient and know that it can be a rough go when recovering from surgery. So just take baby steps (literally!) and try to use your medication on schedule to stay ahead of the pain. That was something my last Neurosurgeon taught me...don't wait until the pain is at a 7 or 8....Try to keep it at a steady 5...
I hope that you can enjoy the visit with your family. Put them to use!! Don't be shy about
asking for help....getting your medicine and water...helping with laundry or fixing/buying some meals...etc.
People love to help but never know what to do...so just say, "While you're here, it would be wonderful if you could help me with x, y, or z".....
I had people coming all throughout the day to visit and it was great because it helped keep my mind off my pain and brought some joy and laughter to my day!!
Just stay seated or lying down...whatever is most comfortable for you...
I also had people bringing lots of movies for me to watch..I kept a running list...almost like at a bridal shower!! LOL...So I knew all the things to return in the coming month.
Anyway...try to look at it as a blessing but also don't be afraid that if/when you are tuckered...to let them know that you need to rest and that you enjoyed their visit but need a nap.
Take it one hour at a time...And know that there will be some days that your pain will spike really high but than go back down....It really is a roller coaster when recovering from major surgery.
Sending you some gentle hugs (( ))
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006