On Sunday 1/17/10. My L4/5 fusion was on 11/16/09, so I figured 8-9 weeks was enough recovery. My Dr even asked me if I was sure when I asked for release. But being single and out of work for 6 months has made my finances a mess. My non live in bf, helped in an emergency (emergency doggy vet trip) but thats the extent of asking for help money wise etc.
One night at work was enough to convince me I was in no way ready for it. I do customer service, and my company did provide me with a desk that raises and lowers so you can sit and stand when needed. That was of no help. I had to take 2 percs for the 50 min ride home and cried in pain most of the way. As of Monday, I am back off, hopefullly for just a few more weeks recovery. All I can say is don't push it if you don't have to, and sometimes even if you do have to. Hopefully a little more pt, and walking further and faster can help strengthen me. I feel like I am back where I started, but broke now LOL.