Well , its been 4 weeks today for my TLIF at L5/S1 with instruments . Staples are out ( 2 weeks ago ) I am off the Oxycontin , and maybe 3 to 5 percs a day . I went and bought 2 recliners last Friday so now I spend alot of time in the front room which is very nice . I can drive and shop now which is really nice . Mornings are still alittle rough but nothing like 2 weeks ago . I can take the garbage out and load the dishwasher . I still wont pick up any thing heavy and it is still hard to bend over . But I tell you what , I am just amazed that I have came this far in 2 weeks . 2 weeks ago I couldn't hardly get out of bed . I stll use my grabber for alot of things ( I like it ) . The only set back I had is when I had my friend move all my stuff from the bedroom to the front and I hooked every thing back up , we spent about 3 hours with this . The next 2 days I felt as I ran up and down a mountain , my legs hurt soooo bad ( Muscles ) But maybe that's a good thing . So all in all , I am very pleased so far , I know have a long way to go , but I look forward to the challenge .