Originally Posted by yellow
Thank you very much, Jan!
I was thinking today and I have a question for you all that I want to get your opinions on. What do you do for the ride home? This has always been extremely painful for me, with both trials, the permanent lumbar implant, and the revision. In the past I've tried to prop part of my back with pillows so the other part doesn't touch the seat, however this time I'll have incisions on my upper and lower back so I don't think that will work so well. It's about an hour drive from the hospital to my house, so it's a significant time to sit in that seat.
So, I thought I'd turn to you to see if you have any methods that have worked for you that I haven't thought of.
Wow, an hour ride home doesn't sound like much fun at all, Yellow! After my fusion, I had about a half hour ride home, and pillows were very much the order of the day. While I was in the hospital I had this wonderful nurse, Jesse, and he would walk in with his beaming smile and say, "Well, how's my pillow queen today?", because I was surrounded by pillows on my bed in order to find some comfort. The day left the hospital, Jesse was my nurse, and he made sure to prop me up in my friend's van with probably more pillows (and their pillowcases) than was likely allowed. When they wheeled me out to the curb as I was being released, you could hardly see me for all those pillows...lol! Although the ride was not pain-free, the pillows certainly softened the bumps and bounces. Of course a nice, cushy mattress would've been even better, but I survived the trip and promptly climbed into bed and slept for about 4 hours straight!
Hopefully you will find a bearable solution as you prepare for your ordeal...um, I mean adventure! I'll just bet there are some members of this forum who will have some great suggestions.
Hoping and praying for the best outcome for you,