I did it.
One day down - the rest of my life to go
I didn't actually make it the WHOLE 9 hour shift, but I was up, out of the house and going from 6:30 am until I got home from work at 7:00 pm. That was 3 hours short of my full work shift. I might have been able to tough out the whole thing, but my boss thought I was looking very pale and she convinced me that I should come home.
I have to say - at first I felt REALLY weird. My vision was all wonky and jumpy. It was hard to look and actually see further than my room walls (or the back of my eyelids) which has been my whole view the last week.
After my vision settled (about dark! LOL!) I was still a bit shaky though. I ate some food and started to feel a bit better, but I was hurting. My back was tight and uncomfortable. The waistband of my pants moving back and forth over my scar was a bit irritating. I should have put another bandage layer on to protect it a bit more.
I think I am making it sound worse than it was. I did move very slowly and yes, I felt all weird most of the day. But I think it was also very good for me. It got my body moving and it got me breathing deep and a lot. I didn't sit much, just stood at the computer or walked around quite a bit.
I know that tomorrow will be MUCH easier after today. I timed it so that I'll now have 2 days off, one day of work and then 2 more days off before I go full-swing into my full 40 hour work week.
All in all - I would re-think things and maybe give myself 2 weeks off and then 1 week at part-time and then full into the swing of things. Just didn't have that luxery this time with all the past FMLA leave I've had to take.
Oh- and YES Hardware Removal may have been tough the first few days, but the healing curve is a LOT faster! At 1 week after the hardware removal I feel about the same as I did 3 months after the fusion.