I just got back from my 6 week post-op check up with my surgeon. I am happy to report that all my hardware is in place and that there is already significant bone growth! The doctor was very pleased with the fusion progress, the way I am moving, and that I am walking a mile a few times a day. He said I am doing much better than most at this point and to keep doing what I am doing. That being said, I have to point out that I am 51 years old and not a hard-core athlete. I am not totally pain free. I'm just following doctor's orders, taking care of myself, and trying to keep a positive attitude that in the long run I will be better off than I was before surgery. I am psyched about being able to drive and starting water and physical therapy! I hope each of you finds something positive in your life today.