I cannot believe I am even typing this - but I am feeling fantastic. I haven't been on the computer too much as I am trying to step away from of my bad habits. I had my surgery on October 5th. What a day that was. I was trying to get myself and my daughter ready and the surgery got bumped up from 11:05 to 9:30. No problem - called my mother for my daughter and hopped into the shower. Next thing I know my husband is in the room saying - they need you now! No time for nerves apparently. The surgery itself went well, although there was concern of a spinal leak. May I just say, being forced to like at a 20 degree angle for 24 hours certainly tests your patience. Having a roommate with so many guests they end up in your curtained area also plays a part. But - the recovery. The first 24 hours were tough, mainly because I was trying to get myself into the mindset that I couldn't bend, lift, twist, etc. I found evenings the worst, as you are trying desperately to get comfortable and there is just no way to do so. I need to stress - walking is imperative. My brother had the same surgery a year ago and wasn't able to walk alot due to a clotting complication and he had a horrible time. Myself - I'm still a little stiff but I am up on my feet, moving about, and although my left leg is still numb, I can notice definite improvement. Had my post op on Thursday - the surgeon said my herniation was so large, it was the size of his thumb. He knew he didn't need to go onto the right side, as the herniation had actually been spreading into the right region it was so large. He is thrilled with the success. Currently I am still taking it easy but am trying to walk whenever I can. If I can't, I through on the tv and go to the Leslie Sansone walk away the pounds and do a mile or 2 on the tv. I am really feeling that this surgery (at this point mind you) has not only cured my pain but is pushing me into a more healthy lifestyle. The desire to walk, the desire to just drink water, etc, is becoming more common place I hope all that had surgeries in the past week or coming up have success and an easy recovery. I know I have a long way to go but right now - I'm feeling like I have been given my life back!