I went back to work as a teacher (4th grade)on 2/14 (Monday). There have been many ups and downs. After school each day the recliner was my best friend for the entire evening other than dinner. I was exhausted, sore and achy a few days but in excruciating pain for 2 of the days. (took hydrocodone which I hadn't done for a very long time) Not sure what I did to cause the pain. Those 2 days I was not sure if I was going to go back the next day, but I did. I was so glad when Friday arrived. (I feel like a wimp) Now I have a week off to recuperate. Not sure how I will be when we return after the week off as the next break won't be until the end of April. (OMG)I have a great bunch of kids and additional staff that was willing to come in and help out. I did sit at my desk with a high back wonderful chair that I bought early in the school year many times during the day. I showed my kids the xrays with the hardware and they were intrigued and asked wonderful questions.
Had the eval for PT and generally it went well. There were a few things that caused pain and I let they guy know that very quickly. I am sure I will be in pain after each session next week. At least I won't be working. Still not looking forward to additional pain. Hope that they saying is true: No pain ...No gain.
Hope that all of you who have ad surgery are recovering well. Love to hear the stories.
12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7
DDD, severe arthritis
4 hours with a bone stimulator per day
no bone growth yet
PT starts Monday had eval (painful)
Went to work as a teacher 2/14/2010