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Advice to recoup

williams.wslwwilliams.wsl Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
My 79 year old father's back was broke at L2-4 levels over 30 years ago. In the past 11.5 weeks he's endured 3 surgeries to try to relieve his back pain. 8 hours to fuse L3-L5, remove 30 yr old broken rods above that, 3 hours 2.5 weeks later to cement in the screws holding the new rods that had loosened up (brittle bones). And finally 2 days ago 1.5 hours to cement a cracked vertebrea around L3. Paralysis for those few months many years ago had taken it's toll on his leg muscles anyways, but now after mostly laying in bed for 3 months he's lost almost 40 pounds (not a bad weight for him to be at) and is so weak. A bad experience at aqua therapy about a month ago, unable to get stood up in the locker room, and the pain he continues to endure have kept him away from any formal therapy. Today he sat at the kitchen bar height table for a bit and was to weak to get stood up from that position. My 77 year old 125lb mother had to let him lean over her back to get back to bed. That experience has completely upset him, not only about his situation but he's afraid she is going to get hurt. Where do I go from here? Any meal plans to help him build the strength to be able to stand? Best exercises anyone has found you can do in bed to strengthen his thighs? Any suggestions?


  • to the Board. We're a friendly, caring bunch; after all, every one of us has been there done that spine-wise. As for muscle-strengthening suggestions, I recently saw a commercial on TV for a special formula - I can't remember if it's Ensure or Boost - that's supposed to help a prerson regain his/her strength (the name includes the word "Muscle"), so there's hope for your dad. Best wishes, and keep us posted. Love, Ess
  • I prefer Ensure. It tastes very good, and helps with energy. I have at least one a day, and too I have an Activia as well. That one is a high protein yogurt.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Thanks - headed to the grocery store now to pick up some Ensure. I think the really down day on Thurs. has been followed with some motivation to keep up the fight. He's been doing his exercise band stretching in bed at least twice a day, and getting up to do laps around the house. Fingers crossed we can get him to aqua therapy within a week or two.
  • I like protein powder also you can get but ensure is good also. I hope your Father gets back to aquatherapy ok. Best wishes Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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