I haven't posted since before the surgery on 3/15. Long story short, the surgery went beautifully, but I had a l LOT of complications afterwards. Basically I am allergic to penicillin and also very sensitive to corticosteroids, I somehow had a terrible reaction to medication for swelling and had to stay on the hospital overnight instead of coming home. I knew when they released me the next day I still was not ok, but thought I would get better.
Again, I went home, and got worse, pain was unbearable, couldn't walk without walker more than a few feet, and 911 had to be called twice. I went back into the hospital the following Monday-after coming home Thursday. It's sort of a blur of, pain, crying, and scaring the **** out of my wonderful hubby and had me crying that I had made a terrible mistake with the surgery and ruined my life and body and would never be the same again,,,) what happened but bulging discs in my back- had ongoing back pain my whole life, which I thought the surgery would help.
Anyway, the bulging back discs put terrible pressure on my sciatic nerve and caused incredible pain down both sides of my legs, causing most of the pain. They had to find a new set of drugs that I would not react to, to control the pain, and once it was under control and and an MRI confirmed there were no DVTs, I was finally able to go home-5 days in the hospital, more than I have spent in one in my entire life. (I am skipping over a lot of stuff that happened in the hospital, not really important but a lot of it not good)
I am in much less pain, and recovering slowly. I am basically 10 days behind where I wanted to be, but grateful to be out of the hospital. I wanted to post earlier but have been too tired to, and frankly, I was still a little, traumatized, (if thats not too strong of a word) about the whole thing. I wanted people to know in case something like this happens to any of you. Meaning, you can have a successful surgery (which, outside of the other issues,) mine was, but be prepared in case there are other issues.
Now that I am at home, I am still having pain and swelling - especially after doing the prescribed exercises (which I know I need to do) and am finding it difficult to sleep with the pain. I know I need to do these exercises, but can anyone tell me if they have had pain like this? I am trying not to slide into any sort of depression-I know I am luckier than most, I am basically ok, and was in great shape before, and I have a wonderful husband who has helped me do everything someone could ask, shower, dress, get up and down steps, and generally help out. I am not sure why I am feeling this way, but if anyone has any stories similar to mine, and any thoughts about "whats next" (other than trying to recover) please share.
Please know, I know now that the surgery was certainly not a mistake, and I am grateful that I am ok. I hope to hear from you, your stories kept me going when I was in the hospital