I have had prior microdiscectomy and laminectomy/decompression, but am now going for posterior lumbar fusion. From what I have heard my previous surgeries will pale in comparison to the recovery from a fusion. I am a single mom and because I needed help and felt it was safer and fairer for my daughter, I stayed with my parents for 2-3 weeks after those surgeries. I hate to think that I may have to rely on someone longer than that, but want to be prepared in case. What have you guys' experience been with this? By the way, my daughter is 10.