Hello Rose!…..what a shocker for you today! I'm terribly sorry you had to go through that just after coming home from surgery….and we hope all comes out ok for your granddaughter! Goodness Sakes!
…as far as messing up your fusion…it might be wise to call your surgeon and tell him what happened…and he may want to see you…but please do check and see. I'm hoping you were wearing your body brace when all of this happened….it may have protected you from any damage. Also….for me and my experience…I would not have too many visits from friends for the first few days until you really get settled in. Those first few days can be quite rough…and it will take a while to find out what your limits are..and the adjustments you may have to make. You have a very long recovery road to go…so take it easy. Family and friends will have plenty of time to visit over the next several weeks. It is important to have visitors during this healing time….it really helped me!…..but the first few days may be a bit much to have visitors….just from my experience.
Also I had the same problem with bathroom habits…and my gracious wife pulled up my shorts many times..until I had the strength to use the grabber tool I had,….but even then it's not easy. It may seem that you are totally helpless for a few days. I'm hoping you got the toilet seat extender..as this will be a blessing in disguise. If you happen to have the one with arms on it….grab the arms of it and bear up taking your weight off your body a bit…this will help with a bowel movement when needed. Sorry if this seems to be so graphic..but trust me I have been there and understand what you may be going through.
I think you can lift somewhere around a gallon of milk in weight….however you should have been given instructions before leaving the hospital.
Again,as I recommended before,...…you might want to consider having your med's close by your bed, with a bottle of water to help wash it down. Also….I notice that laying in bed for an excessive amount of time tended to remove the natural oils from the skin of my legs and I had a lot of flaking all over the bed. So after a good shower, you might want to consider using a lotion on them..as it helps. Of course maybe I was just an odd case!
Take care, and if there is anything else you have questions about
, ..feel free to ask.
We also hope your granddaughter is ok too….prayers out for your whole family on this and your recovery.
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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 3/30/2012 11:13:38 PM (GMT-6)