I'm just back from my 3 week post op apt. with my NS.
He said I looked great, and looked to be doing much better than he had expected. I agree, I think I am doing great too
That said, I still have FULL restrictions:
-The less I sit, the happier he will be.
-He really does not want me driving, really really. But if I just absolutely have to, well, think twice about it and don't.
-No BLT (bending, lifting, twisting)
-I am to walk LESS. He does not want me to be exhausted at the end of the walks. I had been doing 30 minutes 2-3x a day. He suggested 20 min. instead.
He did take off the steri-strip tape and I can see the wonderful incision. I love that there are no stitches on the outside, makes for a nice smooth line.
I am going to try some valium instead of Robaxin and/or Roxicodone. And just at night when I can't get my legs to stop the aching.
In 6 weeks I'll have a follow-up with X-rays to check on the fusion.
I am still looking at 3 months before I can consider going back to work or starting PT, of course that all depends on the rate of fusion and could change on my next apt.
One thing I am irritated about: I FORGOT to ask if he has any idea why my numb right leg is so much warmer than my left!! I feel dumb wanting to call tomorrow and ask, like it's not a big deal, not like it affects my healing or anything. I'm just PO'd that I would forget.