48 hours after the surgery was completed I am still feeling pretty good! The midpoint of my back feels very bruised, though nothing is evident on the skin. And I have absolutely no nerve pain. My throat is still sore from intubation, but the more water I drink the better it gets. I am incredibly optimistic, but I am also quite aware that this could be the result of the medications I have been given.
I was given pretty healthy amounts of some powerful drugs. To control muscle spasms I was prescribed cyclobenzaprine, and to control pain, Percocet. They have been doing a good job, but I am more than a little woozy on the medicines. I find myself sleeping a lot, which is probably a good thing. "Tired Nature's sweet restorer" is what Shakespeare called it, and I could use some restoration. But it makes me feel like one of the cats--I am up for a few hours, sleep some, wake up for a few hours, sleep some more, etc. When I woke up this morning at 10:00 I had no idea what day it was.
The medicine is definitely helping, and I am trying to get active, but I am not rushing anything. Besides walking around the house a bit, Courtney and I took a stroll around the yard this morning. It was only about a tenth of a mile all told, but I was pretty shaky at the end of it. I will try the walk a couple of more times today, and keep it going in the coming days. I would like to be up to a mile by the 10 day marker, but if I can't make it that far I won't be too upset.
Anyway, the main takeaway here is that the surgery seems to have been very successful. So long as I can dot the i's and cross the t's during the recovery, I should come out of this in great shape. Thanks for reading!