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Nice Vibrant Colors

Yeah.  Like I said before.  I feel like I have been hit with a bat.  Or two. You can see that the bruise has grown a lot.  The incision is doing okay I think. I'm doing some walking, toe touch weight bearing of course.  And doing my exercises. What I want to do mostly though is rest.  I'm glad I have the opportunity to do that too.

Recovery Day 1

Last night was pretty uncomfortable.  Understatement.  I really feel like I have been hit with a baseball bat.  I've got a bit of a bruise - the line is where the incision is, and it is about 2 inches long.  Lots better than my previous incisions, but wow.  Ouch. But today is a new day, and I am going home soon.  Via Jack-in-the-Box.  And the pharmacy. 


I'll make this quick as I'm a little tired after today's procedure. Remember that axe I have had in my back for months?  Well, it's gone!  At least on the right side. I can't tell you how happy I am about that! More later...

Today's the Day!

I'm admitted, gowned and IV'ed.  I've seen Dr. CGL, the anesthesiologist, and CGL's fellow.  Pretty soon the OR nurse will come in, and that should be the end of visiting hour.  😉 In about 15 minutes, after my potassium gets here (always low), I'll go take my nap!  See you afterwards...

Pre-Op Consult #2

The admitting nurse from the hospital called this afternoon.  She told me lots of interesting things, like what time I should check in (9:30am) , when I should stop eating and drinking (midnight), what medications I should take (most of them), that all the rooms are private so Erik can stay overnight (which I knew from my previous stays) and gave me directions to the check in desk on the surgical floor. I think this is becoming real!

Pre-Op Consult #1

Scripps Hospital Entrance Lovely Nurse D called today to go over my surgery. We talked about my current medications and what I'll need to take to manage the pain.  And the new legislation which restricts what can be prescribed, so "only take the pain medication when you need it."  But also "be sure to stay on top of the pain."  I told her that I get very nauseous after anesthesia so they need to give me something to combat that. Then we talked about the surgery and recovery: Surgery will take about an hour The procedure is "Observation" Patient, meaning that they need to observe how I do afterwards, so I "get to" stay overnight.  Not sure how that is not in-patient, but whatever.  I have to be able to manage my pain and be able to move around on my own before they let me leave.  Dr. CGL said I could leave the same day provided I was ready.  I'll be doing my best.  Not a fan of hospitals. I'll be toe-touch weight bearing

Prepping for My Recovery

As I count down to my surgery (less than 4 days!), I'm trying to prepare myself for my recovery time.  Last night I prepared a dozen different dishes, ready to freeze and then pop in the slow cooker the morning we want to eat it.  I spent about two hours doing it, and now I don't have to worry about meals.  One less thing for Erik to worry about too. I'll let you know how the whole thing works come next week!


I'll be going under the knife  on October 22 at 11:30! This has been the fastest approval process I've had yet.  I give credit to Dr. CGL's new office staff. Now I've got a week to get ready.  Lots to do at work, not so much at home.  Have to find bell substitute for my handbell choir... potentially for the Christmas concert.  I'm so happy to have this set.  Maybe by next spring I'll be out of pain!

The Axe in My Back

I woke up today with an axe in my back. Okay, so not literally, but that is what it feels like.  I get a couple of different kinds of pain in my SI joint.  One is what I like to call the axe in my back, and it is pretty constant when I have it.   Which is what (I am thinking anyway) that it feels like.  Another is a super sharp and very precise pain in the very area of the joint.  That one usually only happens when I change positions. The third common pain feels like a  strong pressure or a vise across my sacrum.  That one is usually around a 7 on the pain scale and almost never goes away. Hopefully my iFuse surgery (hopefully soon) will fix at least one of these.

And the Waiting Begins

Now that I've decided to go ahead with my surgery and the paperwork has been started, I get to wait.  And Tom Petty was right, the waiting is indeed the hardest part . I've found that dealing with the time between deciding and actually scheduling requires patience and perseverance.  My first surgery took a month to get insurance approval.  The next?  Nearly three!  The process involves the insurance company, the doctor's office and the insurance department at the hospital.  I think the second time, the problem was with the doctor's admin, not with the rest of the process.  My process therefore includes a call to the insurance company, a call to the doctor's office and a call to my company's liaison to our insurance company. You have to be your own advocate.  And practice your deep breathing.

Moving Forward

I met with Dr. CGL today, and we agreed that we will go ahead with the SI fusion surgery .  He put in the paperwork on Monday (October 1)!  Here's what he officially said: Susan returns today to discuss the sacroiliac joint injections which provided dramatic near complete transient relief.  She has contemplated the potential surgical intervention for this presumed sacroiliac joint pain at length with her husband.  We discussed again today the rationale for surgery, the workup process, and the outcome likelihoods.  We also discussed the technical aspects of the surgery as well as the recovery.  Given these discussions, she would like to move forward with surgery.  This would be via right sacroiliac joint fusion using SI bone.  Risks, benefits, alternatives and limitations were discussed at length with the patient, including but not limited to death, stroke, blindness, heart attack, DVT/PE, nerve injury, paralysis, bleeding, infection, cerebrospinal fluid leakage, bowel injury