I had my one year checkup this month. Thought I would pop on and let you all know how it went.
The good: Doc says my back is healed. I am totally fused and don't need him anymore unless something comes up. Yay for that (and I mean YAY!!)!
The bad? I still cannot sit for any length of time, and it does not take much to overdo it and start hurting. Sitting for even just a little too long puts me in pain.
I say "bad" with a question mark, because while I have some pretty harsh limitations, I am no longer in the horrible pain I was in pre-op, so I say limitations I can deal with!
All in all, I feel the surgery was a complete success and (of course) I would do it again in a heart beat. Better to have a great life with some limitations than no life in unbearable pain.
I have given up on thinking I will be able to return to the type of work I did previously. I have always worked with computers in some capacity or other. I can no longer lug servers around (that has been some time) so I had "retired" from network administration. I went into other areas of IT work, which required me to sit for extended periods of time at a computer, and now I can no longer do that.
Soooo, I went back to college this semester, hoping to get into yet another field, Graphic Design. I will still always work with computers, but I am hoping to do this free lance so I can set my own pace. I must say that returning to college has given me a new lease on life. Being stuck at home for so long really wore on my sanity. I started to feel useless because of my disability. I no longer feel that way.
I still take some medications, but for the most part I do not take any narcotic pain medication unless I get stupid and really overdo it. I suppose I will have to watch it the rest of my life, but like I said, that is really a small trade off... I am 100% better!!
I wish you all success in your recoveries. I know what you are going through (all stages of it!).
Love and prayers,