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Follow up with Surgeon

Friday, September 23, 2011

A long week. The wound vacuum didn't show up on my door until Wednesday morning. Since I had a checkup with the Surgeon, I went to the appointment and then Home health came out later to put it on.

The appointment was chatty-my wound separations are bigger, but look okay and with the wound vaccuum it should help. He continued the antibiotic and the pain meds. We discussed some other things and he did say physical therapy was in the future but not right now when the muscles still need to heal.

The wound vaccuum puts a low pressure on the site to help it heal. It also sucks out any oozing stuff (I just have a little). It is noisy and the tubing is not comfortable when the incision is on your back and you sleep on your back. It is also noisy. The cats avoided me. The first night hurt-I needed to up my pain meds some in order to sleep. It adds an "achy" feeling that I really haven't had unless I was up cooking or standing too long. The bandage gets changed every other day. And if I get a "leak" then I have to push down things to restick them so the vacuum is still there. I got little sleep Wednesday night, but better on Thursday night.

Only thing planned for the weekend is a lunch out with some high school friends. I am starting to go a little stir crazy and a burger sounds really good. I've been staying on my plan pretty well since I haven't had much of an appetite after surgery and they want me to up the amount of protein I eat right now.

Hope you all have a good weekend! Diana

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  • SMILINEYESBLUE
    I am sorry to hear of all your complications and I am praying that they end soon. What miracle machines they have these days to help us to heal. This was a new machine to me.

    I had L3, L4 and L5 fused last May 2010 and was blessed to go to a rehab center and work hard for 3 weeks. I have never had a problem or a pain from that surgery since. I pray you pain ends soon and that you can move on with your life.

    Marianne
    3379 days ago
  • ONEREALLYBIGDOG
    Glad you are hanging in there and sounds like there is still progress in your recovery,

    Enjoy your time away with HS friends

    Have a SPlendid Day

    Tony
    3404 days ago
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  • LOULOUBELLE2
    Diana, Sorry it's taken me so long to respond to your blog. I know you know why. Anyway you have been in my prayers constantly, I have been worried about you.. Glad that you got to spend time with your friends. Not to worry about that burger, I bet it tasted so good.
    I hope that incision will heal quickly so you can get on with your life as usual. Take care,
    Love Ya,
    LouAnne
    3406 days ago
  • JINLYNN
    Your recovery seems to be progressing slowly but surely - rest and take care. And enjoy your time with your friends. It will be a much needed break.
    All the best.
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    3407 days ago
  • HOT4FITNESS
    I have been away from spark for awhile and am just now trying to catch up on things. I had no idea what challenging days you have had and what challenging days you have ahead of you. I am so sorry and hope you have a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.

    3407 days ago
  • MAINLADY
    Take good care of yourself and rest as often as you can. Small cat-naps in the day might help to alleviate some of the tiredness since you aren't sleeing too well at night, yet. I hope the vacuum does what it's supposed to and before long you'll be healed up nicely. Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way. I hope you had an enjoyable time out with your friends. Have a good weekend.
    3407 days ago
  • HOWLERMOM
    Sounds really challenging - especially anything that messes up your sleep! Rest Well! emoticon
    3407 days ago
  • MEME102
    Take care -- you are in my thoughts! Time will make it better - I just know it!
    3407 days ago
  • MINDYJ1
    I could see where that vacuum on your back would interfere with sleeping. Hopefully though it will help your back heal faster and you will be able to recover faster! Hope you have a great time with your friends and enjoy that burger! Hugs, Mindy
    3407 days ago
  • JUNEBUG1944
    I'm so sorry you are going through all this, Diana. I hope you heal quickly and can get on with your PT. emoticon
    3407 days ago
  • SOCKITTOME
    Prayers continue that your incision will stop messing around a heal up completely! Hope you have a good lunch with your friends, too. Even a little break in the recovery routine is a welcome one.

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  • MCCOURTT
    Recovery is never fun. You take care of your self, I know you know this but this is a temporary state. (Not that help, when you are going through this. My prays go out to you for speedy recovery.
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    3407 days ago
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