This forum has been a godsend of information and support for me and my family. I am 41 years old, married with 2 children elementary school age. On 5-22-13, I completed a lumbar fusion of L3 to L4 vertebrae with discectomy. Dr. performed XLIF with titanium screws posteriorly. This coming week is scary because I will be alone at home for first time!! Please give any testimonials/advice about the first days you were home alone. My wife and I have discussed this and have prepared as best we could, I think. I am wondering if it's ok to bend at my knees ( not my back) to get things in top shelf of refrigerator? I believe I can manage some light meal prep. in kitchen if things are set up properly. I was told to follow BLT' s by hospital Physical Therapist, meaning no Bending, Lifting, Twisting or Stretching. Then surgeon's says lifting restricted to no more than 5#. Yes it's ironic that I am a working Occupational Therapist, and I had back surgery. God has a sense of humor! I am estimating a return to work in 6 weeks per surgeon. This sounds too soon, what do you all say? I would be glad to share my professional experiences/knowledge with folks in this forum too. Thanks for your replies and support.
XLIF of L3+L4 with posterior titanium screws