Hi All - I thought I would pass on a little positive news to those who wonder if it ever gets better. I haven't been on SH much lately since I am beginning to move on. I'm 6 months post op from 2 level lumbar fusion and I've been back to work for a month. At first it was tough mentally and physically but it is getting easier. I stand on my feet all day and lean over my students' desks so my back does get a little painful by the end of the day but it is incredible compared to this time last year when I was in unbearable pain.
I went for my 6 months check up this week and the surgeon said I am for the most part fused and released me to do just about anything I feel up to. I am still doing pool therapy and and have started to add more to my workouts at the gym. I still have some stiffness issues but I suppose that will never go away. I have definitely changed my way of thinking about what I do and how I do it to protect my back.
I remember wondering when I first started this journey if I would ever be able to have a somewhat normal life and get back to the things I enjoy. I am one of the lucky ones. I hope my good news will help someone keep their thoughts positive. This site was an important part of my preparation for and recovery from my surgery. Hang in there.
Now all I need is for it to stop snowing here in Maryland so I can get outside and enjoy my new back!