I'll recap for the newer folks.
I had a 2 level "fusion" using Dynesys stabilization. At the Sl/L5 level we didn't use any bone for fusion at this level but we did use my own bone for L4/L5 to treat grade 1-2 spondylolisthesis and stenosis. This took place on 7/10.
Yesterday was my 4 week mark and my biggest complaint is now BOREDOM. lol I am so happy and pleased with how well I am doing. I have almost stopped taking my pain meds. I get up anytime I want to and roam the house. I'm taking 1 or 2 good walks a day. I haven't measured but I'd have to say I'm probably walking about 3/4 a mile or so a day. On top of the house roaming. I do have some tightness in the area around my 5" incision site and sitting, particularly without my brace gets uncomfortable pretty quick. I have had a few episodes of leg pain that goes away upon laying down so I know there is more healing ahead of me. My big goals for now are to get a good report from my NS on Mon. It will be my birthday <:P so my birthday wish is to get to graduate to the smaller brace, lighter pain meds AND the biggie, which I'm not getting my hopes up for but ... I hope he will let me drive... lol That will likely be in another 2 weeks, but a girl can hope can't she? :P <br />Like I said overall the worst part is being down, bored and isolated. I have left the house a couple of times and that was nice. My stamina was lacking but it improves each time.
I found myself getting a little depressed and thew myself a pity party for a couple of days. It was my daughter who got me out of my funk when she innocently said "wow mom look how much better you are doing! It is so good to see you feeling better!" That was a huge boost. So hang in there if you are post-op, it will get better. I have to agree it is a weekly notice of improvement, not daily. I hope everyone is doing well and "beating" this back deal. I will let you know what the NS says on Mon.
hugs to all and prayers for good health and speedy recoveries for all!!