A big hello, and thank you to the many posters, bloggers, twitters? and forum users at this site. Coming off of a succesful 1st time surgery (ALIF, one level, February 6th), I am very grateful for the pages that have encouraged me, the tips page of what to have, the reassurance of hanging on, and what to do and not do. You people have given me the questions to ask, my doctor understands and is pleased that I am well informed.
My recovery is going well, walking 2 miles per day, no pain meds if I can help it, working 1/2 days at work, mostly driving and getting in and out. Glad to look at the world again. It has also been a blessing to have a loving and supportive family,(wife, kids, in-laws, etc).
That's all for now, Hope those who are worse off than I , continue to find reassurance and help through the many forums. Remember some days are better than others, and always keep your head, hope and heart upon the Lord.