My Sister,Vicki,of My Favorite Things"had back surgery today. I see she took time to blog last night. I don't know that my nerves would have held up for that if I was scheduled for such a procedure.
Her daughter,Becky called and emailed the family a couple of times today with updates on her Mom. We received this email about an hour or two after the surgery was completed.
Vicki is pretty much out of it. The surgery was a success but she is receiving iv pain meds until tomorrow at 6am. They cleaned up the area, removed a disc and fused the vertebrae with 4 screws and 2 rods. She is lying on her back now but must move in the bed periodically to eliminate stiff muscles. There is a drain coming from her surgical site to catch any fluid build up. They just took her off oxygen assistance which is standard here. She is sleeping a lot and is required to today. Tomorrow, the therapy people will come by and NOT give therapy as I was told but instead assess her mobility and balance to determine if she is safe to go home. She could leave the hospital as soon as tomorrow if she can move and take a few stairs. Once home, she will have to get up (with assistance) and walk short distances 4 times a day until she works up to a mile. She needs to reach the mile goal by her follow up appt. I will be helping the nurses get her up and down to the bathroom tonight and hopefully, she will be able to walk the hallway tonight. I'll keep you posted if anything changes.
Becky said she would keep us posted on Vicki's condition .She and her sister,Beverly, will be taking turns staying with their Mom while she is in the hospital.
We are all wishing her the best and a speedy recovery.She is in our thoughts and prayers.