I had my Posterior Cervical Laminectomy & Fusion surgery done last Friday, March 29th at the Jewish General Hospital. According to my doctor, Dr. Jeff Golan, and his colleague, Dr. Couturier, who both saw my CT Scan results, and based on my symptoms post-op, the surgery was a success. That is such a relief! I now have 10 screws in my neck holding everything together. The post-op recovery was brutal. I awoke in the middle of the night in excruciating pain and quaking with shivers. I was in Dilaudid withdrawal; the pain was on par with a kidney stone attack I had several years ago that I have personally rated as the most painful experience of my life. In a state of total panic, I called the nurses to come and see me. I was told to press on my clicker to give me a dose of Dilaudid via IV, so I did that. The problem was that I had to click it every 7 minutes to get a dose. How can you sleep if you are supposed to press on a button every 7 minutes?! I explained that I needed something that would have a slow release long-acting effect, but I was told that the doctor would need to prescribe it! I also called my wife and asked her to come and be there for me to make sure that my needs were met. She got up at 2:30 AM and drove from St-Lazare to be there with me. It was such a relief knowing she was there. The next day I started receiving the slow release long acting dose which really helped. I was also prescribed Flexeril, a muscle relaxant which also helped a lot. Thanks to those additional meds, the following nights were much better, sleeping right through till the morning. I came home 5 days after the surgery and have been doing reasonably well. Today, the nurse from the CLSC came by to change my bandage. She will be back on April 12th to remove the dressing and the staples.
My wife Sherrie has been incredible. She slept at the hospital 3 nights in a row on a couch in a lounge area just down the hall from me! I was quite compromised; eating was almost impossible due to the pain I had when I was sitting - a searing burning sensation down my neck and trapezoids that was unbearable. So I had to lay back on my bed and be spoon fed by my wife. I’ve never been spoon fed before, but I can tell you, it’s quite humbling. She made several trips to coffee shops and restaurants to bring me some “good” food and some treats. I’m so grateful to have had her there to take care of my needs. And I'm so thankful to all of you who have contributed to my crowd funding page.
a.k.a. Your Friendly Neighbourhood Bionic Man