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Post  plantoid on 5/1/2015, 8:11 pm

Well folks I've been and had my spinal operation , twas exceedingly painful as I'm not allowed the usual sort of pain meds as they make me far too sleepy and slowed down , so I've not had anything save for a day on morphine .

This is the medical picture taken at day 8 to let the local nurse know how many surgical clips there are to take out .  My cute little butt disappeared in to my back & legs , it's just starting to reshape . I can't sit for long or stand or lie ......it's a case of "  Up , down , turn around , sit/lie  on a  bale of cotton" , so to speak and very tiring to say the least.
 
Thankfully things went well,  I had such a compacted restriction in the  L1/L2 vertebrae pressing on my spinal cord  & nerves coming out of the vertebrae  that the surgical team told me they have never operated on anyone who was so compacted and still able to stand .. So I guess I've been lucky .

 My posts will be short and infrequent till I get a lot better and much more mobile /able to sit down than for a few minutes at a time .

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Post  FRED58 on 5/1/2015, 8:46 pm

Wow! Get better. No meds eh? Maybe a pint of Guinness? (Works for me).

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Post  mschaef on 5/1/2015, 9:28 pm

Glad things went well with surgery. Hopefully recovery won't be long or hard. 

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Post  sanderson on 5/1/2015, 10:04 pm

Thank you for letting us know you had the surgery and are on the mend. Did the surgery go as planned? Will you have more comfort in the future because of the surgical procedure? I know you hurt now but when the surgical pain has gone, will you feel like a newish man? I hope you know what I mean. Smile

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Post  Triciasgarden on 5/1/2015, 10:09 pm

Ouch! That was very brave of you and a miracle you were still mobile. I know you probably didn't have a choice of whether or not to get the surgery because otherwise you would probably not have been able to walk in the future. Get better and don't over do it! So not good without some pain meds!

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Post  Turan on 5/1/2015, 10:49 pm

I hope you are feeling better rapidly, or slowly, but better. 
Take care!

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Post  boffer on 5/1/2015, 11:11 pm

Good grief, man, where'd your bum go?  Razz

I couldn't tell on my little laptop what I was looking at.  I had  to get to my PC to see a larger picture!

I'm glad you're back.  Here's hoping for many more years of less painful gardening and family time.  

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Post  Judy McConnell on 5/2/2015, 7:30 am

So very glad that you survived the surgery and are on the road to recovery.  Hoping that this surgery does the trick and you are SOON a new man (as far as walking, pain, etc. go)

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Post  Goosegirl on 5/2/2015, 11:01 am

Glad to hear it is over, done, and you survived!  Lots of wishes and prayers coming your way that very soon you will be less colorful and more mobile.

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Post  Kelejan on 5/2/2015, 11:23 am

I wish you a pain-free future, Plantoid  That does look painful, but any easing of the pain I am sure you will be thankful for.

Best wishes for the future.

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Post  AtlantaMarie on 5/2/2015, 1:01 pm

Glad to see you back and that our well-wishes seemed to have worked.

Just take it slow & easy...  be the turtle & win!

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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/2/2015, 1:07 pm

Plantoid,

Best wishes for a healthy, ongoing recovery!  

By the way, have you actually tried those pain meds?  Different ones for different folks!

Also, I've noticed that in my case, when I'm REALLY in pain, I don't tend to slow down a great deal and can still function without falling asleep or getting groggy.

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Post  plantoid on 5/2/2015, 1:36 pm

donnainzone10 wrote:Plantoid,

Best wishes for a healthy, ongoing recovery!  

By the way, have you actually tried those pain meds?  Different ones for different folks!

Also, I've noticed that in my case, when I'm REALLY in pain, I don't tend to slow down a great deal and can still function without falling asleep or getting groggy.
 Yes,  the doctors have tried all sorts on me & for this op said no pain meds other than a liquid morphine on day two .  I already take two 5 mg tablets of morphine each day with my food .

As for slowing down , of the last two given one nearly stopped my heart which caused a bit of drama in the hospital acccording to the guy in the bed next to me. The other caused me to vomit up 1/2 a pint or so of blood etc. as it caused my hiatus hernia to kick off yet again when I've been given oral pain meds and am not mobile .

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Post  Turan on 5/2/2015, 1:46 pm

It is International Naked Gardening day!  Go take your sore bum and back gently out to tour the garden.  And watch your difficult neighbor explode  cyclops

I am taking your post as a sign you are feeling a titch better. I love you

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Post  donnainzone5 on 5/2/2015, 2:14 pm

Plantoid,

Do the morphine tablets help?  I certainly hope so!

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Post  plantoid on 5/3/2015, 4:29 pm

I dunno  I'm a jumbo jet hyper   boogie woogie , I'm a jumbo jet smiles , I'm a jumbo jet ... rahrah

 The tablets are to help calm down peripheral neuropathy ( maddening pains in hands , arms , legs , feet and itchy skin ) that's been caused either by diabetes or by the spinal problems or both .
Once I'm well healed and much more mobile it's planned that I'll be taken off the tabs slowly using a liquid morphine in set amounts as I've been on the tablets for nearly four years. Instant stopping might just mean the same for me .

 We'll have to suck it and see how it works out for I've also got a new left knee joint scheduled and there will not be any change in my meds till that is sorted.

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Post  CapeCoddess on 5/3/2015, 4:57 pm

Oh Dave, so glad you're back and posting. That photo is amazing. I didn't realize when you posted in the stevia thread about your loss of the plant that you had already had your surgery. I have a feeling that sometime in the near future you're going to be right as rain and glad you had that surgery.

Here's to a speedy recovery.  bottoms up
Onward ho!
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