Saturday, December 29, 2007

Dusty's Back Surgery!!!


Where do I start??????
Dusty and I drove up to Provo Thursday night December 13th, because the next day he was going in for a small surgery (a disectomy ... where they remove the disc junk from his L4, L5 and S1 discs). We got him checked in and I waited in the surgery waiting area......an hour and a half later the Dr. came out and said, everything went really good he should be up and walking tonight and you should be able to go home first thing Saturday morning! So that night the nurses got him up to walk around and he was in a lot of pain. The Dr. came in in the morning and decided to do another MRI. 24hrs later the Dr. decided he needed to go back in and scrape all the disc out and put in plastic spacers and bone, 6 screws and 2 rods and fuse it all together. Sunday around 4:30 he went in for his second surgery (5 hrs.) His sister and brother drove up with Tryston so he could see him before he went in. The surgery went really good, but we knew this time it would be a whole different recovery!!! Braxtin stayed over that night with him so I could actually get some real sleep in a bed with Tryston. It was his worst night ever, he was having muscle spasms, and was screaming with pain!!! The next morning they drove home and Dusty started his recovery process ...... they were giving him shots of Morphine and Demerol every 3 hours for the pain. His pain had to be under control and he had to be able to walk on his own before we could go home.....so nine days later his brothers drove up to help us get home!!! Now a little surgery has turned into a major surgery with an eight inch incision down his back and 31 staples. Since we have been home he has been doing really good! He still obviously has pain and he needs help getting up and sitting down, he can't lift anything, and is not supposed to work for 4 months :) It is going to be a long slow process, but he is doing good!! We also have to say thank you to our family and friends who have helped out with Tryston, meals, etc. Thank you so much we luv ya!!!

3 comments:

Cassidy Legg said...

oh my gosh I had no idea it was that bad. I am so sorry. If there is anything you need at all please let us know. I am so sorry guys we hope for the quickest recovery

mandy said...

Everytime I hear about the experience it makes me hurt. Hopefully Dusty will be able to heal quickly. We need to do lunch sometime.

The Foster Fam said...

I heard about Dusty when I was in Utah before Christmas (I was sorry not to see you). Wow...life can't ever be boring can it. I am glad that he is doing so well now, I am sure December was a long month for you and you are glad to have it over. Tell Dusty hi from me and good luck on the recovery.