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For those not on my Facebook, I had my surgery Wednesday to remove the rods from my back. At least one of the bottom hooks had completely broken out. It should have been a really simple procedure, but once they got in.. they found that the bone had started to grow around the rods. SO, they had to cut that part of the bone out. According to the surgeon, he broke THREE drill bits trying to cut it all off of the rod. Because of these added complications, my recovery time has been extended a LOT. I am now on strict bed rest at least until the 17th! I have to use a walker to get around... but I cannot even stand except when necessary (to go to the restroom, change rooms, eat). I can only sit up 3 times a day for 30 minutes at a time. Initially, I was told that I would only need 2-3 days to recover without being able to care for the kids. It was later changed to 10 days.. but still would be able to drive after 7 days. Now, well.. my mom is coming to stay for a few weeks because I am really not sure WHEN I'll be able to care for the kids again.
This is my original scar from the first surgery. The incision had opened, tried to spit out the stitches, and ended up infected.. leaving a wide scar at the bottom.
Here is the hardware he removed from my back (I'm going to get another picture, soon.. a better one!):
A few hours out of surgery, actually in severe pain but feeling pretty doped up on the dimerall:
The old scar was completely removed. The new was supposed to be smaller because they were making a thin one instead.. but Im not so sure! It doesnt really look smaller, by any means! I dont think they were expecting to have to do all they did, though! The new incision (drainage tube has since been removed, yellow stuff is iodine on the covering..maybe a bit graphic for some?):
Poor Lacey I'm sorry it was so rough. If you need anything at all, let me know.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)