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Hi ~Ro,
I had ACDF surgery on 12/4/06.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience in the hospital. I too had a few complaints like having to hold my myself forever until a nurse came to undo the iv just so I can manage to the bathroom. But nothing to the extent of yours. Well anyway glad to hear surgery was a success. Definetly be careful moving around and swallowing. I found myself choking alot just swallowing pills. But that passed after 2-3 weeks. Also, if you are taking narcotics be very careful on your diet because it can cause some major constipation (I had to find out the hard way). I was on Vicodin for the first 6 weeks and occasionally now which did help but not as nearly as much as the morphine from the hospital. The nurse told me that I could use ice packs but I didn't. I'm shocked that they used staples in your neck I had dissolvable stiches and dermabond on the outside. Feel good though that you are able to sleep on your side. I'm still trying to do it without waking up in terrible pain.
I know that I'm all over the place with this reply just trying to touch basis on parts of your report lol. Oh, one more thing about the bruises the whole backside of my arm was 1 big bruise and around one of my wrist I think this happens when they are moving you around on the table in the operating room. Didn't have any on my head except under my eyes were pinkish. Well good luck with your recovery. I'm 7 weeks out and feel much better with only a few minor problems.:)
Dear Ro et al


Hi I can relate to a lot to what you are saying.. OH btw we probably aren't too far from each other... I live off of exit 17 of the throughway if you know where that is... anyway I went in to the city for my surgery I don't trust anyone here.. where did you get it done if you don't mind me asking.. I know the care is poor but at least you had some pain meds.. after refusing the IV drip I had a tylenol at 6am and another at 2pm NOTHING else... until that next night when they tried the vicodin which is what I am on now.. it surprised me that somethings at HSS wwere SO professional like a well oiled machine but when it came to floor nursing it was downhill.. I told them to take the catheter out three hours after recovery room and toileted myself on a bedside commode I even brushed my own teeth etc I NEVER asked them for anything but pain meds and they screwed that up!! upon d/c (I left on thursday even though I had only been there about36 hours) I asked for home health and we were assured they would be at my house by saturday we even called friday to follow up we called saturday afternoon the home health agency didn't even know who we were.. and of course the set up people don't work on the weekends by the time they come I won't need them anymore we have DONE everything ourselves.. but I am sure we'll be charged for things and boy will I fight it!! Good news is I have been eating solid food now for two days and feel really good except if I am upright too long I get a spasm burning in myleft shoulder blade.. I woke up with bruises and holes that I have no idea what they are from I am tkaing my first shower ina couple of minutes but my follow up appointment is not until feb 27??? Seems like a long time to me..but I guess they assume you'll call with complaints well I can definitely already tell a difference in how my body feels but I know it will be awhile to my body adjusts to its new decompressed self...:) well it is over...:D bye for now bdancer
[QUOTE=bdancer;2768130]Dear Ro et al


>Hi I can relate to a lot to what you are saying.. OH btw we probably aren't too far from each other... I live off of exit 17 of the throughway if you know where that is... anyway I went in to the city for my surgery I don't trust anyone here.. where did you get it done if you don't mind me asking..

I'm off exit 19, then another 22 miles until my town. I went to New Rochelle for the surgery but do follow up in Kingston. The surgeon only does carpal tunnel in this area, all his spine surgeries are done in New Rochelle.

>I know the care is poor but at least you had some pain meds.. after refusing the IV drip I had a tylenol at 6am and another at 2pm NOTHING else... until that next night when they tried the vicodin which is what I am on now.. it surprised me that somethings at HSS wwere SO professional like a well oiled machine but when it came to floor nursing it was downhill.. I told them to take the catheter out three hours after recovery room and toileted myself on a bedside commode I even brushed my own teeth etc I NEVER asked them for anything but pain meds and they screwed that up!! upon d/c (I left on thursday even though I had only been there about36 hours)

I had to write notes of what it was I summoned the nurses for since it took so long for them to get to me, & I didn't want to forget what I needed. I made them leave the catheter in until they were ready to take me to the toilet because I refused to use a bedpan & they didn't offer a portable commode.

>I asked for home health and we were assured they would be at my house by saturday we even called friday to follow up we called saturday afternoon the home health agency didn't even know who we were.. and of course the set up people don't work on the weekends by the time they come I won't need them anymore we have DONE everything ourselves..

I was questioned in the hospital about the particulars of my house as if I really was going to get home care. I have heard nary a word since my return home. I don't want anybody here, we've managed just fine all by ourselves. The way I look at it, is this: I really needed the surgery, probably for years now. I got the best possible surgeon I could find in the area. I recovered as long as allowed in the hospital & now the true mending is to begin in my own element without anybody breathing down my neck. I will get my pain medications from the surgeon & all my extras I purchased reimbursed by the Insurance. I will be calling my patient advocate through my insurance company tomorrow before I pursue talking to my doctor about the lack of a pain management plan. She really helped me through my hospital stay, she's who made sure I got my medication between the percocets.

>but I am sure we'll be charged for things and boy will I fight it!!

I'd fight it too if I'm charged.

>Good news is I have been eating solid food now for two days and feel really good except if I am upright too long I get a spasm burning in myleft shoulder blade..

I've eaten solid food today and kind of yesterday, though it wasn't really solid. I hear how awful sitting up is, I enjoy being propped on my fake wedge.

>I woke up with bruises and holes that I have no idea what they are from I am tkaing my first shower ina couple f minutes

I got my first shower without a collar today. It felt so great!

>but my follow up appointment is not until feb 27??? Seems like a long time to me..but I guess they assume you'll call with complaints well I can definitely already tell a difference in how my body feels but I know it will be awhile to my body adjusts to its new decompressed self...:) well it is over...:D bye for now bdancer[/QUOTE]

That's an awfully long time for a follow up. Do you feel that you were given adequate pain medication to last you until then? Did you get a CT scan before you were discharged? If so, I'd imagine the doctors would call us back if something horrific showed up on it.

Anyway, my serequel, sleeping pill is starting to work. I took one last night & slept 6 hours straight through which is the longest I've slept straight in a couple months.

Best of luck, :wave:
~Ro





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