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What are we supposed to do all day during recovery?

Hi there again.

I'm beginning to sound like a broken record from two years ago, but what are we supposed to do in these early wheels of recovery?

I walk as I can, but it's icy outside so I have to stay inside. Even then, it's still extremely painful. Reading isn't the joy it was due to lack of concentration, can't sit long enough to play games too much, so I just layed down to watch a movie and took a nap. I can't clean or do housework of any kind, haven't had my first pre-op so can't do anything...these get to be some pretty boring days.

Funny how I could've helped anyone with this if they'd posted, but finding yourself in the fire is a whole other story. I think this is gonna be a long haul. Doc said this recovery is going to be more painful than the last and he was right. It's hell getting up, then I'm ok and backslide from there to where I'm using the walker at night.

Oy vay. Thanks for listening. This is a real pain...literally.


  • Yep, it's a drag. I guess I'd just recommend watching movies and rewinding (if possible) to the point where you dropped off when you wake back up. You'll need your drugs and they don't make doing crosswords, etc., very easy. You do need to sleep and get your rest in order to heal properly, so don't feel bad if you doze off frequently. And, yes, I think you're wise to contain your walking to inside the house. All you would need is to slip and fall on the ice!!

    Maybe some magazines, where you can just browse through the pictures would be a good thing? Heal well.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • for me, the first few weeks, even while in the hospital, I played Words with Friends. Couldn't believe I was able to play - AND WIN! hhaah

    When I got home, did the same. My concentration wasn't that great, so I didn't watch too much tv. MOstly, I had it on for the noise.

    I just recently sat down and watched the ENTIRE 3 seasons of Downton Abbey. A free site - Project TV has tv shows and movies on there. I was able to watch the entire series, which did make time go by.

    After about 3 weeks, I started doing a little bit of work from home. In the beginning, my concentration was not good. But, I think sticking with it helped to push that cloud of fog in my mind away. Sitting for long periods of time, is tough, but I just get up and move around and resume working - or stop for the day.

    Next on my list - watching "Breaking Bad".

    Good luck to you!
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
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  • dilauroddilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,519
    surprised at you. After all these years at being a Spiney and you dont know how to pass the time after surgery. Ok, I will remind you.

    - Bungie jumpie every other day.
    - Sky Diving , only when the weather is good.
    - Some good cross country Motorcycle racing
    - Heavy duty mogul Ski jumping
    And the list goes on.

    Tell you what.. After 8 days of doing all of this, post back here and tell us all how you can spend all those hours post

    Cathie, still love you!!!
  • yep...I don't envy you. I remember recovery too well and wish you well.
    Read - I tended to try to read short articles b/c my concentration was lousy
    Watch - TED Talks, documentaries, movies, sitcom series...again, my need rewind
    Listen - book on tape
    Friends - if they don't mind visiting, have them come over to chit-chat
    Walk - yep, had a surgery in the winter. Luckily I had a treadmill so could get in 10 mins every couple of hours. If no treadmill, try walking back and forth in hall way.

    I wish I had more ideas. If you knit or crochet, I would tell you make a blanket but probably tough to do lying down anyhow.
  • I turned into a video gamer. I have all three game systems. So I am not short on things to do. I even learned how to quilt. When I was laying down I surfed the web and posted on spine health on my tablet. I even participate in the chatroom. I have several friends there, now. I guess I am one the lucky ones that can sit in a recliner for a while then get up and move around for a bit.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
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  • lstellerllsteller Posts: 1,338
    edited 12/26/2012 - 2:37 PM
    Wow! That made me hurt just reading that stuff! What a prankster. I can't even ride a bike over bumps!
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • With it being winter at your end of the world, think the mogul skiing might be the thing for you Cathie !!

    Seriously, we're all so happy to get the surgery over but then the boring endless days start. I was lucky in that I could get outside for all of the recovery time, and think I'd have been a real "grumblebum" if I'd had to be inside.

    You could do with some of our heat - it's well over the 100 here in Western Australia and will be for the next week or so. Good excuse for me to be lazy and watch the cricket for the next few days.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Thanks a bunch, Ron. Lol just the thought sends my body into spasms!

    Francine, I have been playing Words with Friends (and Drawsomething, try that - it's fun too) and I think that's a great ideea about Downton Abbey. Good thinking.

    Linda, I did take a nap yesterday with a taped movie playing and found that to be a great thing. Napping. I'm not generally a napped, but I think my body wants some sleep, so I'll give in and do it regularly.

    DNice, I wish I crocheted or knitted, but I don't. I'll take the suggestions here and work at keeping myself not so bored.

    Except for you, Ron, I'm not listening to a word you say. Just wait until your next surgery...still love you, too, though. :-)

  • Winters are always rough, But i prefer spine surgery this time of year VS summer time as while you are stuck inside during recovery you look foreward to geting beter as weather starts warming back up and by then walks can be longer and longer,

    But for now you are limited to watching nascar and drinking beer ! Look they making a left turn, Look they making another left turn ! Look they making another left turn ! How does a robber get away in redneck country from the cops ? You run and make a right turn ! Throws off the redneck cops every time ,

    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Yes, I have been playing DrawSomething and also Scramble (kind of like Boggle, if you know that game). Words with Friends and Scramble are my two big ones. Thankfully. If you need another Words with Friends player, let me know! :)

    It is sunny here and I have been changing out batteries on my solar outdoor lights. Now that I can drive (and because I have a convertible), I will be heading out after the grocery delivery people arrive and leave just to get in some sunshine and run a few errands - something I haven't been doing when it is raining. I don't like driving with this collar on at all, but I definitely want to avoid it during the rainy days.

    I am heading to the orthopedic supply place because I have already worn away the Velcro on the collar and my neck is moving around in this thing. I am fearful that I am positioning my neck incorrectly (subconsciously), so I am going to have them take a look at it and fix what needs fixing.

    It's always something.

    Next, "Breaking Bad" or some other series.
    I am going stir crazy, too. I am just not used to being this sedentary.

    We'll make it through. I have no doubt. :)
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
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