Sunday, August 26, 2012

Recovering Now........

It is 3AM and I am having trouble sleeping tonight so I though that I would write a post for my blog.

It has now been 11 days since I had my back surgery.

Surgery is so brutal on the body in so many ways and back surgery is no picnic. I tried very hard before my surgery to take extra special care of myself. I swam in the local pool every day. I did between 30-35 laps each time. I couldn’t use my legs very well but I was able to get in lots of deep breathing by mainly using my arms.

I ate well and got lots of rest. I walked every day as best as I was able with the leg being what it was.

As it turns out, the disc was not just ruptured but was in many pieces. It took the surgeon much longer to get them all out and so it may make my recovery take much longer. My leg still has issues. Mostly related to all the manipulating he had to do when he was in there. I have no leg pain so far though. As far as the weakness goes, it is hard to tell since it is so early and I only really noticed that doing strenuous activities. Needless to say I have not been able to do anything strenuous. I am supposed to walk as much as possible so I walk in my small condo from the kitchen to the bedroom a few times each day.

I can’t sit or lie for long periods either. I did go off the pain meds though since my legs were swelling and my doctor thought it was from all the fluids they give in the hospital plus the pain meds. I am mostly achy anyway. The severe pain is pretty much through.

I do have a new pain underneath my right breast. I am not sure what that is all about. Maybe I pulled a muscle getting up or down or if it is something that happened in the hospital when they had to turn me face down to do the surgery. I hope it is just a bruise and will go away. As I said surgery is brutal no matter how you try to prepare for it.

In the end it is out of your hands.


Mª Reyes said...

Ánimo, iras notando mejoría poco a poco. No abuses de tus fuerzas. Besos

Unknown said...

Oh Roberta---I had no idea as I have been out of touch. I was feeling bad because I hadn't written you about those wonderful landscape pieces you were doing. They were off the charts! Please recover soon and resume your marvelous work!

Barb Fernald said...

Trudge trudge trudge. It sounds like no fun but it also sounds like you are making progress. I am always surprised at how long it takes the body to recover from surgery. For me, there was great depression as the anesthesia worked its way out of my system. (It took several weeks!)
You did yourself a great favor by being in good shape before you went in. I bet you're very glad that damaged disc is out of there. It sounds like it wasn't going to get better on its own no matter what you did. Keep resting and healing. You're going in the right direction!

Lee said...

I'm so sorry to hear you've been through this - it does sound hard. My wishes to you for a speedy and complete recovery

Anonymous said...

My thoughts will be with you. I hope you have a very speedy and complete recovery!

Sarah Sequins said...

I've never had back surgery, but I have other types of surgery, and recovery is definitely an uphill process. I wish you the very best as you recover!