I am 8 days away from a posterior lumbar interbody fusion at L5-S1. I am 28 and a newly wed. Married the man of my dreams in March. I have an annular tear on the right side and DDD at L5-S1. I have severe back pain and right leg pain and numbness in my foot. I have read a lot of the posts of how bad this surgery hurts and how long the recovery time is and am feeling a bit anxious about the whole thing. Just wondering what to expect after I wake up from surgery and the hospital stay and the weeks after. What are some good things to take to the hospital? Will I need a blood transfusion(is this common?) My doctor really didn't go into a lot of details because at first we were trying for the artifical disc but I have BCBS and they denied me coverage for that procedure. Any advice would be great.