I'm a pretty independent person... so I don't know exactly how much I am going to need my boyfriend to help. I have a 5 year old son, and after the Microdiscectomy, got home at 11pm and the next morning at 7 or so I was up, got down and sat on the floor to change him and get him dressed... I pretty much did everything. I know my doctor told me not to, and it wasn't very smart of me at all... But I have such a hard time asking for help.
This time I'm having a fusion at L4-L5... I think they would call it ALIF/PLIF... Going through the front with cages and BMP, then metal instrumentation through the back...?
How long should I ask my boyfriend to take off from work? I'm going to have to get my son off to school every day, and when he gets home.... I'm on the second floor in my apartment... Not sure how stairs are. I just don't really know what to expect. I'm supposed to wear a back brace for 6 weeks afterwards, if that helps.
Am I being unrealistic to think I'll be able to use the bathroom and shower and stuff alone without any assistance? It's only a one level fusion, so I figure it shouldn't be too too bad.. But I'd really appreciate it if someone could give me some guesses.... My boyfriend has to take time off in advance, he can't call out at the last minute, and he's the only one I have available to help me... Anyone have a ballpark amount of time to suggest? Please and thank you.