Some of you may remember me, and some may not, but I'm guessing for most of you this will be the first time. So let me introduce myself:
I'm Erica, and two years ago I had a PLIF from L4-S1, and had pre-surgery drop foot (foot drop, whatever you prefer).
This forum and the people here literally kept me from losing my ever loving mind through the first six months of my recovery. There were times when I was scared, frustrated, always in pain, stiff, couldn't sit, stand, walk right, bend over, sleep comfortably, pick certain things up, etc. So I want to say thank you to everyone who does remember me, for helping me through it all (and I'm sorry I've been gone for so long.)
As for my surgery, I really did have an amazing surgeon. Literally, I had an outpatient double lumbar fusion. Yes, that's right, two years ago I went in and came out the same day. My surgeon didn't put me in a brace, I was just wrapped up to protect the incision and got to sleep in my own bed. Also, that same day I remember waking up from surger and moving my left foot for the first time in 15 months. So the surgery went very well, but the recover just plain sucked. I can't sugar coat the first six months and won't. But after that hump, things got better and more limber and I could bend and move and so forth.
Two years later, I'm pain free (except for the occasional dull ache where the metal is) but I do have flare ups in my foot from some nerve damage. I didn't just have a buldge, I had like...a boulder. So all in all I guess I just want to give back to the community here at SH and firstly, say thanks and to secondly say, I made it through. Most importantly, I'm going to check in around here for the next couple of weeks to answer questions if anyone has any for me, I know I had a TON of questions in the beginning. AND, I would love to catch a few of the friends I made here. Hope you are all well!