I am a 28 yo female who had a bad atv accident the end of march. I broke my t12 completely through and they weren't sure I would not be paralyzed. Thank goodness I was not paralyzed they operated and went in through the front deflated my lung removed a rib and inserted a cage in my back. I was wondering if anyone has had this type of surgery done before? I know it is done but rare. I have been wearing my brace pretty much all the time sleeping in it showering etc. I am anxious to get back to work and the brace comes off in July but what should I expect? I have not been able to sleep in bed since my surgery I have slept in a recliner! I could really use some advice as I am getting depressed about this situation. I am excited and scared at the same time thinking about the brace coming off. I really don't have much pain but am still on muscle relaxer and lortab about every 8 hrs. My side where the incision is hurts the most. After surgery I got pneumonia and now I have lots of fluid around my lungs. I have a follow up xray this month to determine if it will need to be drained:-( Thanks!