First and foremost I would like to apologise for disappearing, my pain levels had gradually increased to a point where I could not sit anywhere comfortably for more than a few minutes. I could not use my laptop at all. I now have a laptop table so can’t be stopped 😀 A lot has happened since I last posted, I’ll try to keep it brief 😉
My second MRI on the 11th of August showed that the disc bulge at L4/L5 had become worse and that the disc at L5/S1 is bulging too. My consultant confirmed that it would not affect my operation.
Whilst waiting for surgery my Occupational Therapist arranged for the delivery and fitting of varies aides and fixtures to make things at home a lot easier for me. I’ve had an extra stair rail and grab bars fitted, a commode, perching stool, grabber, shower board and sock aide delivered. Although they are great and make my life so much easier there is a part of me that is embarrassed that I need them. These are things I’d see at the nursing homes I used to work in many moons ago.
I spoke to my consultant’s secretary who advised me that he was opening dates at his private clinic for urgent NHS operations due to the backlog of his work load. I was given a date of 8th October for the lumbar decompression surgery. A few days later I received a call from BMI The Meriden, the private hospital, asking of they could bring the operation forward to 30th of September.
On the op day I booked into the hospital and was taken to my room. It was more like a hotel room than a hospital. Freeview TV, safe, en suite shower room etc. Click here for photos. I am not the most sociable person when I’m tired and in pain so was really glad to have a room to myself. I felt like I was in a hotel not a hospital. The nurses etc were amazing. I asked for a pre-med as I get really wound up and nervous. I sat and watched telly until I was taken to the theatre.
The operation went well. I woke up quickly and was really chatty with the nurse in recovery. She said I was one of the best patients because I wasn’t sick, queasy, crying or aggressive. We spoke about my dogs etc. When I got back to my room the nurses made sure I was ok and left me to rest. Within a couple of hours I needed the toilet and when the nurse came in to do obs and give me painkillers I asked if I could try to walk to the en-suite. She was quite shocked that I wanted to walk so soon but was happy to escort me to the loo and back to bed.
My surgeon came to see me the next day and was so happy with my progress he let me go home. By 1pm I was home and settled on my lovely sofa with a proper cuppa and my furbabies! My dad & stepmum visited which was lovely. My recovery was a nightmare but only because I couldn’t drive, walk far or do any housework. Boredom is not my friend! Eventually I slowly got back to doing some light housework and started driving short distances. The sciatic pain stopped but the numbness in my lower leg stayed the same, along with new numbness on the sole of my left foot and my back pain hasn’t changed. All that is left to wait for was my post-op appointment which is booked for the 9th of November.