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Brosiah >><< Moldova gave you some great advise as usual , There are some great people on this board who have been threw the ringer that can give you some GREAT advice - or just listen !!!

I had 2 lower back surgeries in the last 5 years {laminectomie l2 threw l5/s1 in 2004 & a 2 level fusion with hardware @ l4/5 & l5/s1 in 2008}.. Like mentioned every surgery and every individual person heals differently , but this is a BIG operation and it will take time to recover.. My 2nd surgery was done threw my back "posterior" , It took 10 hours before they zipped me back up and I was in the hospital for 6 days (which was like a 6 day fog).. They will have you some what comfortable on a cocktail of pain medication , I was on the morphine pump - which gave me medication every 15 to 30 minutes and was getting shots of tramadol every 4 hours.. After the 3rd or 4th day they switched me to oral medication , and had me walking around the floor i was staying on..

It is VERY important to listen to every thing your doctor tells you to do AND not to do , keep your self hydrated and try to remain a positive attitude threw out your recovery process.. There are some things that can make your healing process a little bit more easy for you and here are some suggestions.. I would purchase 2 good grabbers (CVS) , silk pajama's or sheets (makes it easier to get into & out of bed) , heating pad , books + magazines , a good gel ice pack , easy wipes (just to freshen and clean your self up) , and i joined NETFLIX which was awsome - you're able to order what ever movies you want & have them delivered to your home , you will be watching lots of T.V

I also had a little step next to my bed that made it a little more easy to get in and out of bed , while in the hospital they will show you the "leg roll" - makes it easier on you to get out of the sack.. I also put a catering table next to my bed , which was big enough to carry most of my personal needs like > magazines + books , remote controls , medication's (i would also get a journal and write dwn when & the dosage of your meds) just so you keep track of every thing.. You will be fine just take one day at a time and no that you're doing the right thing to get your life back , Try to have as much help as possible.. Family and friends are a VERY important key to recovery , I wish you the best of luck and if you have any more questions feel free to ask 24/7 okay..



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