I had my 6 wk appt with my surgeon today & everything looks good. X-rays show I'm fusing well. Still having some muscle pain but PT is helping & now that I can do more exercises myself I'm sure it will improve more rapidly. Numbness & tingling continues to improve & he said it can keep getting better up to a year. Honestly, I could easily live with that part as it is now.
I no longer have to wear my collar
I can drive
Actually, I had to drive to my appt cause my scheduled ride got messed up & the cab I called didn't show for so long I was afraid I was gonna miss my appt. Sooo, I took off the collar & drove myself. I will be returning to work full time (4 10 hour days/week) on May 25th with restrictions on lifting....15 lbs. Unfortunately, 2 of my coworkers have back to back vacations when I return so there will be no "easing" back into it. Plus I take on-call so those 10 hour days may turn into much longer if we have emergencies. I'm just going to stay positive, be REALLY careful with what I do at work & ask for help when I need it...something I have not done in the past which is probably why I got so messed up in the first place :P
Have a great day!