Well… I’m here. It’s been a hairy few days, and I’m trying to sort out the details myself, so here goes.
My surgery was originally slated for 11 am on Monday, but I didn’t go in until after noon. When he opened me up, he found that the damaged nerve was worse than he thought. Basically, there is very little original disc left. I think I had referred in my other post the the material going out in all directions, and it did, but there was a lot that got shoved up in what is called the “elbow” of the nerve set. So much, and so tight that the nerves there couldn’t even move. So, that had to be taken out, first. There were several pieces as big as a centimeter. The nerves in that area were very red and aggravated (of course!). Once he got that cleaned up he could go in and clean up the rest of the material. The surgery took three hours, and he got everything out.
What is left behind is a very large hole where the disc was… remember before I referenced that he wasn’t removing the disc, just the damaged material. Well, so much was damaged, there was little healthy left behind. He still didn’t want to do a fusion, though. So, that leaves me with a very delicate area, so I have to be even more careful, with an even slower and easier progress for rehab so I don’t re-injure the area. I see him in 4 weeks for a checkup.
I am in a back brace for when I am not in bed, and I have a walker… not quite sure how long I will need the walker, but I’m glad I have it because I am quite unsteady on my feet, but getting stronger.
Last night, I was finally able to take a shower! I couldn’t wait to get cleaned up and feel the hot water and just relax. But, I blacked out. I don’t remember much about it, I just felt icky, and that’s all I remember. Phil said I blacked out twice, and fell… or almost fell. I don’t remember. Anyway, Phil took me in to the doctor, and she thinks it was from dehydration and a sudden drop of blood pressure. So, I’m trying to make sure and drink.
That’s all I can think of right now – I’m still a little foggy, very tired and sore – I take a couple laps around the house with the walker and I’m wiped out! If you have any questions, let me know.
I have loved getting the cards and flowers – they are so encouraging… thank you so much 🙂