Hi all, I'm trying to get as much info as I can to make an informed decsion.
Quick background, I work in Houston, have a house, spouse and a few close friends in the area. My family, what's left of them are in Phoenix, and that is all as of this moment, however...
My house just went on the market, wife wants to live her life by herself in Florida. My physical job as a mechanic, is getting very difficult for me to continue doing. Promotion to office position I put in for was denied, partially due to sick days I took off last year (yea, thanks to my back).
Anyway, with that said, I'm gonna have to move before too long (house sells), I'm looking at an apartment for a little while, since I'm gonna be single again, I couldn't keep up with house/lawn/yard/upkeep with a back surgery, so low maintenance.
My plan, I dread, absolutely dread it but looks like I will require a TLIF of l5-s1 due to Pars defect and some foraminal stenosis of the area. I can't do this on my own, there is no way, I do have a few friends that said they would help me out but I mean simple things like showering, getting around an apartment, bathroom, etc. I know not everybody is married and I soon won't be either, how did you get a back fusion done by yourself.
I saw some websites for like homehealth, but most of that looks like elderly folks, I'm 40, I probably don't qualify for their program. Maybe a rehab center, skilled nursing or something I could go, and for how long does one need care before they could somewhat safely be themselves? I know I would have to rely on friends for a doctors visit or prescription picks up, I drive a 5 speed so I don't see me driving for a while.
I sure appreciate any info, it would be so much easier if I lived in the same area as my brother, aunt, but at this point, I'd have to start all over trying to find a good spine doc/nuerosurgeon, and let's face it, that can take a long time to establish as we all know.