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Back Surgery for Timeline purposes.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Back surgery for spinal fusion and laminectomy was October 13th. Very grateful they squeezed it in before this latest surge in Covid. I got to see the xrays, The fusion screws and bolts look like an eight legged spider clinging to my spine. I love it because I have always signed the back of my painted rocks with a spider. It seems appropriate that this fancy metal sculpture in my back should be a spider. Had some rough days convincing the nurses and doctors that I metabolize pain killers too quickly and that I needed smaller doses more frequently. In fact by smaller, I mean like 1/4th oxycodone once every two hours. Which was less than half what they were trying to prescribe and make me take in a 24 hour period. Once that was regulated I was able to cope and wean slowly off the drugs. Discovered Advil Plus. I have no clue why but that combo is more effective at a lower dose than taking a Tylenol and Advil together. I am off those now too and other than fatiguing easily and getting sore, pain stays less than a 2. I can lap the park with my walker. Hoping some of the bending lifting twisting restrictions will be lifted after the telephone appt. with the surgery PA on December 3rd.
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    Wahoo for the awesome progress! You must be working very hard at it.

    And I'm the same way with pain meds! And it takes some serious convincing to get medical staff to hear me. That's why I was so thankful when I had a colonoscopy, the anesthesiologist listened and gave me the slightest twilight sleep, and wham, I was out so long they were actually getting worried about me! All stuff like that just goes whacko for me. I'm glad you were able to get them to listen to you. I never thought of it as it being a metabolic issue. Thanks for that bit of insight.
    195 days ago

    It's good that the doctors and nurses FINALLY listened to you!
    196 days ago
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