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    Don't be afraid to use a bedpan! It's embarassing, but it's better than wetting yourself, or worse, hurting yourself trying to get to the bathroom (not to mention sitting down, cleaning up and then standing up)! Plus the nurses do that all the time.

    Don't be afraid to hit that morphine button! My mom had to remind me about it all the time because I'd be groaning in pain and completely forget that I don't have to be! (Of course, some people will have an easier time with that than others...)

    My mom used straight vitamin E on my scar and it's not even noticable in most photographs now (11 years later). Just get a bottle of Vitamin E gel caps, break them open, and have someone smear the stuff on your scar once it's begun healing.

    And my last point... Try not to be self-conscious about your scar... I read about people going for years trying to cover it up, never wearing tank tops or anything low-backed, because they felt like it was "ugly"... Embrace your scar! Embrace your metal! Scars are beautiful, because they make us more human. Plus, you'll never lose in a battle-wound competition! I show off my scar as much as I show off my tattoos!

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    I'll add one or two.

    No matter how much pain you are in, don't ever ask to lie on your front for the post-op Xray, that was even more painful.

    Don't let other patients get you down and tell you their woes if you are feeling fragile.

    It is possible to turn yourself if you are a girlie and wearing a nighty just by pulling it out from underneath you.

    Don't assume you will be able to stand on your own two feet at first, you won't!

    Get some "dry shampoo" as showers will be out for a while.

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    something useful for me was to watch what you eat coming out of post op. I was given home fries (potatoes) and that made me severly constipated to the point where i could not stop throwing up blood

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    1) when i was in the surgical area of uc davis medical center my spine surgery put his hands on my feet to let me no i was in good hands
    2) i was in icu for 2 days i had great nurses
    3) i was in the orthopedic unit of 5 days i had great nurses there to
    4) The last day in the hospital i saw my surgeon for the 1st time shince my spinal fusion
    Kara
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    Posterior Spinal Fusion March 10,2010
    Foot Surgery November 25,2014




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    When i was born.I was in and out in no time at all,my mother tends to disagree.
    sweep my mess away,leave my body, leave my bones,leave me whole and leave my soul,leave me nothing, I don't need at all,nothing,I don't need at all.

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    This was my sons first experience of hospital, and mine apart from childbirth of course lol

    We were met by the whole team on surgery day, it seemed to take forever but within less than an hour they took him away for his pre med.

    Post surgery : he was in icu for a couple of days and then in a side room (opposite nurses station) for 5 days and onto 2 days in a main ward. I think he was the only patient in the ward under 50.

    Anyways, the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh is first class. I was allowed to be around for most of the day (i travelled a round trip of 4+ hours every day) and was made so welcome.

    Everything that he needed, post op meds, anti sick, hygiene care, ice packs, were all automatically given and when he needed anything, he only had to press the all important orange button for nurse assist. He took a bad reaction to morphine and ketamine and they eventually found a drug that worked efficiently. He was quite poorly for a wee while with catheter, oxy, drainage bag, saline and antibiotic drips. It took a few days before he could get physically moved but when he got clear of his tubes and bags, they got him to roll side to side and then the physios got him up sitting and walking gently and confidently in the next days. They all seemed to be in good humour which helped distract him. He was in a lot of pain after making movements but that settled down too.

    He was really happy to see Mr Garrido on his daily visits, telling him how he was feeling and Mr G always told him what was going to happen next. Mr G, anaesthetist and pain management nurse included me in these discussions. I asked and wrote down a lot of questions which they were happy to answer prior to discharge day.

    I dont think anyone would have received better care if they had gone private… our NHS service is outstanding, god bless all the wonderful people who work there

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    I remember my time being admited to hospital it was all so new and very daunting when your young,i would hear people scream in pain and it kinda made me think twice!,

    as for sleeping tablets for being nervous i wasnt at all,the surgeon asked me if i had any questions if anything was bothering me to which i asked "Do they leave the light on at night?"as thats all that scared me silly really but he laughed so much and i felt silly !!

    but i felt more relaxed when he said yes dont worry there is light at night,premed was given automaticaly to all patients in the morning just an hour or so before surgery,i just slept after and waited for my turn to come,

    i had a mask to knock me out my choice as they asked needle or mask,then i had a mask coming round afterwards,pain killing injections were injected direct into spine not a nice experience! but worked well as pain just faded moments after having it done,

    all went well until days later i suffered serious complications and almost died,my consultant was crying and panicking by my bed all surgeons came along too and all nurses what a chaos,then its all blank until i woke up from a very deep unconciousness,

    i felt so rough but it turned out my consultant had been my nurse for days and cancelling operations as he didnt want to leave my side,he didnt look to good after he was shaking and told me i almost died this scared him witless!

    and days later we had a celeb visit the hospital the one and only Ken Dodd,he was so chatty with me and was such fun a real boost,but my hospital stay was so strange but at least i met Ken Dodd! i had surgery at Agnes Hunt orthapaedic hospital,Gobowen, Oswestry, not choices with meds at all and all of us had to have what we were given,nobody wanted to speak up but many should have done.

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    i truthfully don't remeber much from the hospital from all the pain meds. but for the first few days or i should say until you get home i felt like a board but that has changed and i feel normal now! Second keep walking never stay too still for too long it won't end good. and everything will be alright and it's not that bad.

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    Only been in the hospital once (broken leg led to a blood clot and was in for 4 days/nights). I would highly recomend eye shades (not dark enough in a hospital to sleep well), a reading light (great when you can't sleep), and earplugs (too noisy for sleep, also). And if someone can bring real food once in a while, that's great. My hospital served highly processed garbage. No wonder people die in hospitals!

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    This has all been very useful! Have been in hospital quite a number of times 16 to be exact for something else but have never had to stay in. But thanks for all the useful stuff mentioned will keep it in mind when i eventually get something done with mine.

    Even though i have never stayed in something that might be good to take is books (if you can read and bare the pain!) and an ipod type device

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    Well I've had two fractures before but this is v.different. The night before was the worst I was told I wasn't allowed any sort of sleeping pill so didn't sleep a great deal but afterwards it was plain sailing. I actually loved being in hospital I was in for 5 days and honestly used nothing I used my phone and that was about it apart from my mum's iPad (she sent mine home cos I didn't use it) like three times to check facebook properly and we watched the TV in my bay a bit because that was the way I liked to face but I never paid attention and don't remember what was on it haha.

    I found my v pillow useful in hospital and I liked to lie on my sides most and they made me have a pillow between my legs for pressure sores and the v pillow was just the right angle and length for my legs
    I'm Tiff, I'm 17, my consultant's Mr Gibson at RNOH Stanmore and I was diagnosed in November 2011 and I had my spinal fusion October 3rd 2012 and am now fused T2-T11 with amazing correction (60T/40L to 30T/40L).

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    1) dont make a bargain with the doctors,, it never happens mine was if you take part in this medical exam for these med students then we will get you a small room or private one after your surgery - never happened ended up on a 12 berth with elderly patients screaming for babies at the age of 14!!

    2) when you take your showers be it first or second time do NOT let the nurse leave you!!! I passed out had to hit buzzer and a male nurse came (14 years old at the time and a girl!!)

    3) ask questions!! No question is a silly one

    4) if you are young fight for your mum or dad to stay with you (if they can and you want them too) I recovered so much better as my mum was there giving me water helping me when the nurses couldnt come so quick etc

    5) as for anti sickness meds definately

    6) as soon as you can eat, eat prunes to help your bowels! mine wouldnt function at all and i had to stay longer till i could go properly!! was hell!!

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    I definitely agree about asking for anti-nausea meds whenever you need them. They were a Godsend! All of those heavy narcotic painkillers had me feeling incredibly sick and woozy.

    My parents were really great, and they both took off work for the time I was hospitalized. My mom stayed with me during the day while my Dad slept, and my Dad took the "night shift" while my mom slept. It was definitely useful to have an advocate there with me at all times .
    22 year old male from Oklahoma, USA
    T4-L2 fusion completed November 5th, 2012
    Pre-op: Thoracolumbar Scheuermann's kyphosis (75°) and left thoracolumbar scoliosis (25°)
    Post-op: Normal kyphosis (39°) and scoliosis too small to bother measuring https://www.facebook.com/dkentworth

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    I agree with #6.

    One of the nurses gave me too much potassium into my iv and my arm was on fire! I woke up screaming hell at everyone, even my husband. I also took off my blood pressure cuff
    because I was in pain. Turns out, they were giving me 50 mL of potassium instead of 5 mL. My doctor sure was pissed off at the nursing staff because I could of died.
    They brought in an EKG to monitor my heart for a while just in case there was damage. But everything is all right.

    IF you don't say anything, it could cost you your life.

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    Hi there! My names madison and I am getting surgery in 2 months and this has helped me think about some things that I should ask for. I am very nervous but this has helped. Thank you very much

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