Hi all! I've been checking out the forum for a few months ow and have posted a time or two. On Oct 9th I had L4-S1 TLIF. I was only in the hospital 3 days, and was up walking totally on my own on the 2nd day. I was on morphine the first 2 days and then switched to Perc the 3rd day because I was in very little pain (compared to what I went through for the year prior to surgery). Even though I was walking and moving well, I just could not sleep in my bed until I got a couple pieces of 3 in thick memory foam to lay under me (my parents cut the memory foam off their bed before they got a new one). I now have no trouble getting in or out of bed, but the memory foam isn't going anywhere because I still don't think I could sleep without it yet. I'm only taking Perc at night to sleep as I get stiff and sore from being in one position too long. And the hardware is still pretty uncomfortable when I'm on my back. But really I feel like I'm doing great, and every day I make the effort to walk a little more, and every day is better.
I know I still have a long road ahead, but I'm excited and optimistic. My only really complaint is how bored and lonely I know I'm going to get. I'm a very independent and active person (well was before the pain and surgery), and being stuck at home with hardly anyone to talk to is getting old already. I talk to friends off and on during the day, but they're all working or in school, or both so I spend a lot of time at home alone. So I'm just looking for people to talk to and ways to keep myself entertained so to speak
But where most people would make friends online, I get real sick of being on the computer, as I'm a graphic designer, so normally I'm on the computer constantly for work. So I thought I'd see if anyone if anyone is interested in being a text or BlackBerry messenger buddy (or google chat, AIM etc. Typical of my generation I suppose I spend a lot of time texting or IMing on my phone and very little actually chatting. So if anyone is interested PM me with your #, BB PIN, username, whatever or ask me for mine and we can talk!