Bids on how long they'll keep me? Had anterior lumbar disectomy/fusion surgery tuesday and ohhh boy this hurts like nobody's business. And i have an extremely high pain tolerance! Next up is ALIF (Back surgery, double-triple fusion, going thru stomach). Surgeon had booked that for 2.5 weeks out (sees it as emergent) but I am trying to delay i feel like carved meat.
Anyway, was scheduled for discharge tomorrow morning but didn't meet goals. Still on oxygen, weakened lungs, pain to a 10 at times (never self report that) before meds which are only minimally controlling it, dilaudin every 2 hrs, valium 4, & prednisone and other iv for inflammation, and can barely ambulate 8 feet (to bathroom - bedpan till earlier this afternoon), with assistance then almost throw up from pain. Also can't swallow...apparently due to inflammation of esophagus too?
What do u think? Am I going home tmrw? They haven't given me a time yet...said "play it by ear" when I asked when hubby should be here, have not showered, have not been able to meet with social work regarding adaptive equipment for home (need shower rails, walker, arm rails where stairs are etc). And no bm..i dunno if that matters?
I don't want to be some whiny baby about it but I feel extremely helpless and vulnerable and I don't see how I'm anywhere near ready for discharge. Can't believe hubby is gonna be able to do all this with our 2 toddlers at home!