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Hi Baxter and everyone........

Gees, I just had to write this morning. It seems there is so much to tell you all I don't know where to begin......

First of all, I continue to do amazing well! I have a rented walker and it helps to lean on it as I get around the house. I have three of those grabbers, actually from two prior surgeries. One if the best (the heaviest and sturdiest and can almost be used like a cane) but it is broken on the end. The very tip of it. It can pick up bulky things though. Then I have a lighterweight one, but the pincher thing is sprung, but I got a NEW ONE from P.T. in the hospital and you can almost pick up a dime with that one! It is great for putting on undies and pants, etc....

I took my first shower yesterday at my daughter's home and it about wore me out. It is funny to have to rinse your hair first on one side, then turn 180 and rinse the it works!!! She dried my legs all off for me and then rubbed by my feet with exfolliate stuff and dried them all off. It felt divine. My bed here is so soft and comfy with brand new pillows. I am sleeping about 2 - 4 hours straight without waking up. I am going to try and take 800 ibuprofen and valium today and see who I get along. I always have Percocet and Lortab to fall back on if I get too bad. I get the staples out tomorrow by a local physician since it is so far to go back to where my doctor is located. I see him Jan. 8 for post op followup.

As far as the actual surgery goes, the nurses, anesth. guy and others had me half scared to death before I even got into the operating room. I had NO sedation at all until they put me to sleep. I didn't even see the actual anest. Dr. He was behind me making jokes and talking to me. He give me something while they were sticking the monitor thingys on me and then said something like "now, you should feel a little different there, starting counting backward from 840 million to _ _ _ _ _" and that's all I remember!!!!!! lol............... I had no back pain when I woke up because I think they inject the site with like novacaine or something and then of course you have the pump. The morph. made me so sick I couldn't even suck ice cubes. All day Wed. I was nauseated so they had to give me shots for that. Thurs. a.m. they took the cath out and the IV tubes. Wed. by noon I walked from the bed to the door and back. Wed. afternoon I did the steps and Thurs. a.m. P.T. released me to be able to get up on my own with the exception of having to get those damn socks unhooke> I didn't like those so well.....blowing up and deflating all the time......those

By by Thursday I was pigging out on all that rotten hospital food which I hated, but I felt hungry for the first time in a long time. Now my daughter's cooking is absolutely the best!!!!!

The most pain I feel right now is in my upper thigh areas, both sides. They said that would go away first. My low back is sore, kind of over into each hip, but it is not unbearable. And then get this................ when my surgeon's assistand came in Fri. a.m. about 6 he told me I could go home and that I could even DRIVE A CAR BY MONDAY OR TUESDAY!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe it? Of course I will NOT, but apparantly he thinks I will be feeling pretty good.

I think the difference between what I had done and what other fusions are like are many, but the main thing is all in the surgeon's hands. My total surgical time was 2 hours and 15 minutes. This guy, (my doctor) knew where he was going, what he was going to do, got in there, got it done and got back out in record time.) The longer they dilly dally around in there the more pain you are going to be in because of clamping those muscles back for so long. I just can't say enough about him. He has horrible bedside manner, but once you look past that, who cares.

I sent a personalized thank you card to him at his office and also one to the hospital. It was only 2 minutes max til someone was in my room when I needed something. They were the epidimy of what you want a hospital to be. They are neuro surgeons, and then there are expert neuro surgeons. I had the latter.

I welcome anyone to ask me anything particulars you want to know, because I will tell it exactly like it is and how it was.

I feel so good that it is over. I am going to try to go shopping tomorrow about a 30 mile drive from here. I'll use the cart to push for steadiness and my longer pickeruppr thing for a cane if I have to move away from the cart.

Please, please. let me answer anything I can.

Oh, one more thing Baxter........ I have NO swelling at all. My incision is about 7" long or so. That drain sucked absolutely all that junk that makes you swell. I am sure there is a trick to putting thost things in right too, so they will get rid of all that stuff that makes you swell. Bax, I know I you will be okay......I was just super lucky with everything. I don't mean to brag, but I think this board can use some good news and encouragment that if a fusion is imminent it might not be so bad and by God, those durn disks will be outta there ....... NEVER TO HURT YOU AGAIN......... Fuse that sucking lumbar spine so it can not move. What a concept! lol..........

Love to all and I will check back in later today to see if I can help with anyone's questins.

A very relieved and happy Mary

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