I wasn't sure where to post this, but here goes. I had 4 surgeries on my L5/S1 area last fall, including a fusion with instrumentation. To say that last year was rough is an understatement, and as hard as it was on me, it was equally difficult for my 5 and 10 year old and husband. We did nothing except doctors and surgeries and recovery last year. Then in January of this year, DH had some weird heart test results (he's 39) and ended up having a heart catheterization which thankfully, was all clear. So all in all, we desperately need something fun!
Dh got a nice and unexpected bonus at work and so we booked a vacation at Disney this fall (staying at the Polynesian resort, for ease of transportation!). Having been to Disney several times, we are VERY aware of how demanding it is physically. He's fine, the kids are fine and I'm still....recovering. I have lingering nerve damage in my left foot/leg, still can't stand on my toes on the left and therefore walk slowly and with a weird stride/slight limp. We will be using a wheelchair for me as needed (plan to just have it and use it as necessary, walking when I can). We'll just have to take things slower than we are accustomed.
So my question is this: by the time we go in the first week of November, I will be 13 months past the fusion. I will not ride any rides that are particularly jarring (a few roller coasters are most definitely off the list). Most of the rides there are smooth and and very kid-friendly, so they shouldn't be a concern and anything I'm not sure about, I'll skip. By that point, would it be safe to ride on a very smooth (smaller) roller-coaster type ride or is that still out? I want to be able to participate and ride with my kids, but not at a risk to me safety. What do you think? What has your doctor advised? Curious as to different opinions.
Left leg radiculopathy/sciatic pain
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - May 30, 2014
L5/S1 microdiscectomy - Aug 14, 2014
L5/S1 TLIF - Sept. 24, 2014
Left-side screws/rod removed along with bone fragment Dec. 29, 2014