Post-OP Pain: It Wipes You Out

Never be ashamed of a scar

The first week of recovery is over!

This surgery wiped me out quite a bit…but, I am getting up and can walk with no aid, at least around my house… The pain has lessened…I can sit long enough now to type!

I spent the past week hiding from the world and concentrating on my recovery! It was mostly spent laying, and napping, on the couch watching mindless tv… lol

My incision is healing well, and I have been feeling more like myself over the past couple of days. Every day it gets better… My Health nurse was here a couple of times to change the bandage and told me I could get my staples out on Thursday! Once they come out, I can start rebuilding my strength again.

I have to admit the pain from this surgery went past my endurance and I did take pain medications for the first week to get through it. I stopped taking them on Sunday and switched to regular acetaminophen, as I really do hate the side effects. I can deal with the pain now.

I was told I had a successful surgery of decompression and laminectomy of the L3-L5. I have 31 staples going down the middle of my back and I finally got to see a picture of it yesterday. It kinda blew me away, I wasn’t expecting to see so many! Another big scar to add to my collection…

My hospital stay was okay, I had no major panic attacks and the Nurses and Doctors were awesome. I felt very taken care of. The first night was terrible, I kept walking up every hour, feeling soaked… Seems back surgeries are bleeders and I had to get my bandage changed 4 times throughout the night. I had a stubborn area at the top of my staples that wouldn’t stop bleeding but thankfully, it slacked off enough for me to come home on Wednesday, as scheduled.

They wouldn’t let me up that first day but I was asking to get out of bed the next morning. I could get up with a walker and once Physio came and took me for a walk in the hallway, I didn’t stop. I spent my time walking the hallways and talking to my Ward neighbours. I even had a few visitors and got a new Stuffie for my collection! I have such a hard time staying in bed and either I was in the chair or walking…

I was home Wednesday, May 1 around 2 pm and it feels glorious to be in my own space! I have spent the time since taking it easy, and ensuring I get up and walk around occasionally. Yesterday was the first day I didn’t have a nap! That is progress!

I am grateful for the support of my family and friends during this time, and I know I couldn’t have gotten through it without them. My hubby has been the best and looks after me very well! He comes home after working all day to cook dinner, do the housework, and look after me. I am very grateful for him.

I have a long road to recovery ahead of me, but I am determined to take it one day at a time. I am so grateful to be on the other side of this surgery and to be able to see the progress I am making. I am hopeful for the future and looking forward to getting back to my normal activities pretty soon!

Overall, I am feeling positive and optimistic about my recovery. I know that I will continue to get stronger each day and eventually be back to my old self.

This surgery may have knocked me down, but I am getting back up and ready to face whatever challenges come my way.


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2 Replies to “Post-OP Pain: It Wipes You Out”

  1. WOW!!!!! I had no idea you were having major surgery. that’s a major major procedure. I’m so glad you are responding to healing so well. The key from here is pacing and not over doing it. I know you have a great support system and that your husband will help you every step of the way. 🙂

    1. Thank you Melinda!! Yep, 10 days now and I am feeling fantastic! Pain is manageable, even without pills, and I walk around my house off and on throughout the day. I can’t do much till I see my Doctor the end of June but walk!
      I had the staples removed today and I feel so much better! One day at a time….

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