It's been quite a while since I've been on here. Just wanted to let everyone know what's been going on and how I'm doing. A brief recap of my journey to this point: PLIF in Sept. 2008 with donor bone and rod and screws at L5-S1, infection 2 wks post op, which seemed to be minor, but reared it's ugly head again 3 mos. later deep at the rod and screws. So second surgery Jan. 2009 to clean it out. Aquatic physical therapy was awesome, and finally a return to work in April. I work in a factory, and due to so many layoffs and cutbacks, I was moved out of my job on the shipping dock to a machining dept. which I dreaded! Yes, it was hard to go back to work, but surprisingly my back did better then I thought, I was prepared for major pain, but am experiencing less then I expected. Don't get me wrong it's been tough, but the other pain I deal with from other parts of the body has been worse. ha ha I've had surgery on both hands for carpet tunnel, with lasting nerve damage, so now that is flaring up again, due to the repetitive pushing of buttons and loading and unloading of parts into machines. Of course the feet are not happy either just being back on the concrete and wearing steel toe boots. I have to take a hydro 10 every morning just to be able to work and make it through the day, but all in all I'm glad to be back to work, and drawing a paycheck. I'm so exhausted after work during the week that I don't even think bout getting on the puter, so just trying to catch up on the weekends. Take care everyone.