Saw my surgeon last night for the first time since the op for the 6 weeks post op check up and everything seems to be going well.
He is pleased with all my movements etc and happy that I am getting on well with the physio and managing to walk between 3-6 miles a day.
I started work on Weds of this week for 3 hours a day and I must admit, it left me exhausted! I was coming home and sleeping for 2 hours in the afternoon, so it shows how long it takes for the body to recover. I set an alarm on my computer to remind me to get up and walk every 25 mins, which helped.
I am allowed to drive for very short journeys only (10 mins at a time) as I am still suffering from nerve weekness in the left leg. My physio is working on my leg for me twice a week and I obviously do lots of exercises throughout the day to try and help.
I have to have some x-rays in 3 months to ensure everything is still sitting in place etc. But from a recovery point of view, I only take pain relief at bedtime (one nerve tablet and a normal painkiller) whereas before the operation I was living on high dosages of morphine based painkillers. I seem to be completely pain free during the day. If I overdo things, I ache, but it is not pain like before.
I feel happy in myself and feel like I can finally get on with the normal day to day life, providing I listen to what my body tells me......I can't 'shop til I drop' at the moment....but I am sure that day will come!!