Surgery Tomorrow Morning

Alright, so after church this morning I grabbed the pile of “don’t forgets” and loaded up my stuff into the car, and off we went to Post Falls.  Good thing I had my nausea bands, since I was relegated to the back seat!

Arrived in Post Falls just fine, unloaded all my stuff, and now we are going about our evening nothing too exciting to report.

Plans for this evening as it relates to surgery tomorrow:

  • Shower before bed with half the bottle of the special soap, clean clothes, and off to bed.
  • No food after midnight.
  • Clear liquids acceptable until 5am.
  • Shower in the morning with the rest of the special soap, clean clothes and be ready for the hospital.
  • Check in at 7:15, and then well…surgery of course.

I will be having a spinal fusion at L4-L5 and L5-S1.  My doctor expects the surgery to last between 4-6 hours.  He will have me up and walking the same day, and I will be expected to walk frequently from the very beginning and increasing as the days go by.  Walking will be my primary form of recovery and rehab.  I should be in the hospital 1 or 2 nights, and then discharged for recovery.  I am staying in Post Falls until the weekend, before heading back home.

My doctor said that most patients are back to work after 2 weeks, I have planned to take 3 weeks off and return to the office after labor day.  I can’t drive while on narcotics obviously, so that signals to me that hopefully most of the pain of the procedure will dissipate in a few days.

I will try and update the blog as soon as possible when I’m coherent – Feel free to reach out to me via email, Facebook, and on my phone – but please note:

There was a wild fire that burned the main network center for my cell phone provider – They have a network outage that means I do not have cell voice or text message.  They are working around the clock to restore services, but at this point – text and calling will not be reliable until they resolve that.  So I’m not ignoring texts, I promise.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got for tonight.  Time for dinner, and then shower and bed.

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Blessings to each of you, I appreciate your support through this journey!

One thought on “Surgery Tomorrow Morning

  1. Mary Read says:

    Know that many are praying for you Heidi. May God’s presence beside you be known to you. May God hold you close within his ever loving arms, and transfer His power into your strength and courage. AMEN.

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