Holy Toledo...as everyone who has gone through one knows, man oh man. The neurosurgeon said all went well...both upper and lower structures are strong enough to hold hardware... 8 screws with rods and cage...he released two nerves but said all should be okay...but recovery room was a b***h. On to my private (thank goodness) room after a 12:20 surgery to my room about 3:30 for 3.5 under medicated hours of 1mg of morphine per hit every six minutes. I literally watched the wall clock for the intervals...of course, with only 30ml in a cylinder per four hours, I almost ran out. They finally called the surgeon who bumped it up to 1.6mg per hit which did make a difference...but still tough as expected. Then they came in the next morning (Tuesday am) and took my pump away at 9:00 a.m. switching me over to Oxycontin 20mg every 12 hours and two Percocet 5/325 every four hours and one Robaxin 750mg every six hours...damn I all I can say...talk about a frigging conservative surgeon. I grinned and beared it, wanting to get out the next day (yesterday). So, I had my wife bring my own Oxycodone 10mg for "supplemental". They're not going to best me. Had me up walking after taking away my pump...made it through the night and began a little fever of 101 at 10:00 pm Tuesday...I'm thinking watch this keep me from getting out...but it gradually went down and I came home yesterday evening about 6:00 for a great shower...now it's pretty awakening leg muscle spasms along with the usual back muscle and incision pain..sorry this seems long and it did wear me out, so I'll break for now...thanks for everyone's support and information what to expect before I went in...I will say that it is a ballbuster, though. I hope everyone is doing well!