My surgeon was the coolest dude. After they put in my rods and screws, Dr. Bruce took pictures of the inside of me. I am going to include those pictures, so please be aware you will see two very graphic images.
|Dr. Bruce holding the drill.|
|The metal rods holding my spine straight.|
My parents cried when they first saw me. My face was very white and swollen because I was laying on a metal table for three hours. The first day I was in and out almost the whole day. The only thing I remember from that night was the horrible pain I was experiencing.
|Post Op in ICU.|
The next morning my nurses put me in a wheelchair and I had to sit up for about thirty minutes. The feeling of sitting up was so weird. I felt like I could fall over at any moment. I didn't feel pain as much this day because I was on so much medication.
|My aunt supporting me through sitting for the first time!|
After I sat up for a while I got to lay back down. They took out my catheter and blood drainage tubes. Later this day I was to get up and take my first few steps. It took over ten minutes to get me standing. The feeling was so uncomfortable I threw up every time I got up for three days straight. I thought this would be my life forever. It was really scary and hard to comprehend that I would be in pain for a great deal of time.
|Post blood drainage tube.|